Ranger Diaries

February 11, 2011

Uninvited Lions

It was that time of the year, summer time, where the weather allowed for fantastic bush dinners to be held. I was excited as I had a good game drive and now it was time for one of our chefs, Dirk to prepare a great braai for dinner. My two guests are an Australian couple, Kevin and Wendy, that farm with beef cattle in the outback and so far we’ve
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February 8, 2011


I was doing an evening drive; it is summer, so at six o’ clock it was still reasonably hot. We have seen the elephants and a rhino earlier on and we were now driving through the fynbos thickets. Usually seeing big animals like that tend to be the climax of the drive, so now it was quiet on the vehicle, everyone just appreciating the scenery and t
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December 16, 2010


One particular sighting that comes to mind is one involving our male rhino. It was a warm afternoon, myself and three guests departed on evening Game Drive. We had struggled previously in the day to find the rhino so we went back even more determined to find him. After a good hour and a half of searching our luck changed and we found him as he was
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October 7, 2010


This is a story of a zebra that earned his stripes by proving his rank. As some of us know, there is a Plains zebra on the reserve that does not particularly like hanging out with his own kind, in fact he has taken a liking to the rare Watusi cattle herd that grazes Gondwana plains. Everyone always thought that he had an identity crisis. Howev
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June 17, 2010

Black Rhino

It's a cold winter's early morning on Gondwana, freezing on the open game viewer. I can't feel my face, and by wearing a warm hat I try to keep a bit of heat. Even though I'm half frozen, there is nowhere else I would rather be. The rays of the sun are running up the mountains to the east, indicating that the much awaited sun will be with me shortl
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May 12, 2010

Becoming A True Lion Pride

It's a beautiful, crisp morning and I am about 30 meters behind 3 lionesses stalking a Gemsbok (Oryx Gazelle). I always get excited when this happens, even though I know how low their success rate is. The male is watching from a safe distance, a good 300 meters, so he cannot get in the way. The females are barely visible in the knee high grass. Sud
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May 12, 2010

The Honey Badgers

It's a cold winter's morning. We just had a big breakfast and decided to go out on drive afterwards. My guests are from Scotland, a real lovely bunch, all wrapped up in warm blankets. I have never seen the clouds so beautiful. Their shapes, sizes and ripples make them look unreal. The wind is
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May 12, 2010

The Birds Are Back

It's September and its great seeing all the migratory birds coming back in patches over the last few weeks. Early morning and afternoon, when you look up during a game drive, the Greater Striped, White Throated Swallows and the Black Sawings are all doing their aerial acrobats. I'm expecting the Steppe Buzzards back soon to once again make it diff
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May 8, 2010

The Lion & Gemsbok

Nobody had seen our young male lion for several days, which is very unusual for this cat. With this in mind I set out early determined to find the king of the jungle. After an hour or so I had seen neither hind nor hair of this lion, and to be honest I was beginning to give up hope (I know, I´m not the most patient of rangers). Suddenly I noticed
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