Ranger Diaries

August 3, 2012


S8001415 We have an interesting pious zebra down at our stables. Originally he thought he was a Watusi cow and used to hang out with them then moved on to join the eland in the red rocks area. He stays away from all the other zebras which is quite bizarre. He now hangs out with the horses and has now fallen in love with Sabra the little Arab mare owned b
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July 10, 2012

Cheetah Sighting

Cheetah One lovely afternoon I took a group of guests staying at a private Bush Villa on an exciting game drive. We ventured past the waterhole and saw some very playful hippos splashing about in the water. On our way to the main gate something flashed passed us which caught my eye. As we moved closer we saw 2 cheetahs lying on one of the contour lines. Th
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June 27, 2012

Hiking in Milkwood Valley

05 It has been an awesome experience hiking in the Gondwana Safe area lately as I have been able to enjoy the small things Gondwana Game Reserve has to offer. Our Protected species/walking area is what we call “Renosterveld” and offers a different kind of Fynbos with an interesting mix of plant species as well as some interesting butterflies 
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June 11, 2012

New Buffalo Calf Spotted!

buffalo Gondwana welcomes a new member to the buffalo herd. On the 15th of May, A heifer become a mother and gave birth to a baby boy. The youngster still clumsy on his feet followed his mother through the thicket to meet the rest of the herd. The mother has been very protective over her calf keeping him well hidden away in the dense bush. As the calf grow
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May 24, 2012

The Days Of Our Lions

gondwana 128 The lion has been an icon for humanity and have enjoyed a positive depiction in culture as strong but noble. Gondwana’s male lion fits the description perfectly. Until recently the male and female lions have avoided each other residing on opposite ends of the reserve. Gondwana management intervened to promote a bonding process whereby the entire
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October 11, 2011

Buffalo on horseback

On the 14th of June myself, Tracey, Justin Dare our stable manager and one of our homeowners Aarnie Van Der Horst went on a outride , I picked up a problem with my bridle and had to return to the stables with Justin. We decided we had to canter and gallop to catch up to Tracey and Aarnie so we had a great time riding through the fynbos, however
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October 11, 2011

Lion Kill At Kwena

Last week after the heavy rains we were on our way in to Kwena Lodge when we spotted fresh lion tracks as well as zebra tracks, The lions were following them on a hunt. We suspected something had happened nearby as we could feel the tension in the air ,shortly afterwards Chantelle De Bertoli called in that she had spotted a dead zebra 30 meters fr
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April 26, 2011

Young 'Bulls'

Our young Elephant Bull, Mabitsi, has a special relationship with Trevor, one of our Rangers. They are both the same age (a young and tender 22) and for some reason when Trevor finds him in the veld, Mabitsi always has to kick up some dust and do a little show! Guests love to see this and although safety is always first, it is a highlight to see
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April 11, 2011

Lion Hunt

One Thursday night I went out on drive with two clients in the Red rocks area in search of  lions. The area is perfect for them with long grass and a rusty colouration... ideal for a lioness to lie in ambush - as my guests remarked. After a while we started heading back to Kwena camp and found our magnificent pride walking towards our security g
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