Ranger Diaries

January 31, 2019

Striped Toktokkie Beetle

toktokkie The drumming Striped Toktokkie Beetle (Psammodes straitus). The name toktokkie describes the sound that the beetles make as they drum their abdomens on the ground in a certain pattern or rhythm. There are a number of flightless species that have developed a unique tapping method of communication between males and females. Different species of tokto
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January 30, 2019

Wildlife management update

_DSC0019 Gondwana Game Reserve’s wildlife team successfully captured 3 Buffalo cows for temporary relocation into a dedicated facility.  Our goal is to allow them to form bonds with a larger herd of buffalo for re-release into the reserve, mitigating the risk of predation and genetic isolation.  Working with wildlife is risky but the professionalism of
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January 9, 2019

Cape Skink

_DSC8721 Cape Skink, Trachylepis capensis This feisty little character lives near the lounge at Kwena lodge under the rocks. We can often hear its stout little body scuttling through the bushes. This species of skink gives birth to litters of about 6 live babies. Typically, skinks are active by day and terrestrial by night, so you are more than li
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January 5, 2019

Impala, Aepyceros melampus

_DSC7191 Impala (Aepyceros melampus) are one of our most successful antelope species in south Africa, and one of the more commonly viewed species on Gondwana while on safari.The graceful impala is often overlooked as it is so often seen. However it is one of the most adaptable antelope species making it also one of the most successful. Impalas have excellen
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January 4, 2019

Gondwana’s Tower of Giraffe

_DSC7852 I was so fortunate to see and spend some time with this group of giraffes together a few weeks ago, a proper tower of giraffe on our precious Gondwana Game Reserve. They were running up and down the hill playing together, stopping to eat the sweet leaves of Acacia Karoo and even stopping to have a good neck scratch up against anything tall enough!!
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June 6, 2018

The Gondwana Pride welcomes new cubs

websitearticleheaders11 About 3 months ago Gondwana’s alpha Lioness went into hiding and we suspected that she had had cubs and was denning. During the last two weeks we have finally caught fleeting glimpses of these two precious cubs and then finally this week the pride allowed us close enough to spend 20 glorious minutes with them as they posed perfectly on a ridge
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March 12, 2018

Radio Jargon at Gondwana

Whilst out on game drive in many reserves in South Africa, there is another language that comes into play between field guides over their radio network. This radio jargon has evolved over time derived mostly from local African languages to allow the field guides to discuss sightings and updates . There is no translation app or google connection to
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October 26, 2017

Stay in Style this summer at Ulubisi House and SAVE 20%

Imagine a luxuriously spacious and stylish African villa with your own Field Guide, Chef and Butler situated in a private Big 5 game reserve. Save 20 % when you book your luxury stay at Ulubisi House. Valid 1 Nov - 15 Dec 2017What’s IncludedLuxury accommodation for up to 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 childrenPool and Jacuzzi/hot tub with extensive
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July 25, 2017

GCF, Riding to Save Rhino

 In under a decade, 7 134 rhino have been killed in South Africa alone.Once again, the Gondwana team will be riding the Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen, presented by Biogen, to raise funds to continue the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa. Our team this year consists of Devon Naude and Tristan Sandwith from Table Mountain Bikers
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