The Impala Rut

When we speak of the word “rut” we are referring to the breeding time of different antelope and deer species around the world. As we reach the end of May, beginning of June, we approach the end of the impala rutting time. For the past six weeks or so, rams have been acting like absolute […]

All about the Business

For a long time, it was thought that mongoose were the closest relatives of the hyena, but this is most certainly not the case. They belong to the family Viverridae, which includes genets, civets, and mongoose themselves. In this blog, we are going to have a closer look at the dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula). “A […]

A visit to Jaci’s Sabi House

My mom booked a three-night stay for her, my brother, my sister-in-law, and myself to go to the Sabi Sands and stay at Jaci’s Sabi House. She had booked through Wandering and requested our favourite ranger and good friend, Ryan Johnston, to join us as our guide. We met Ryan a few years ago when he […]

Who Gnu?

Wildebeest, also known as gnus, are a fascinating species of antelope found primarily in the grasslands and savannas of Africa. They belong to the genus Connochaetes and are divided into two species: the blue or brindled wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) and the black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou). These animals are known for their large herds, migratory behavior, […]

A Beautiful Celebration

As guides, being in an area or knowing an area for many years has massive positives. Not only does it mean you know where to find certain species and individuals, but it also means you get to know the animals themselves. If you are in an area long enough, you may get to watch an […]

Birds of a Feather

Feathers are unique to birds. Engineered by evolution, their extreme lightness combined with exceptional strength and flexibility make feathers perfect for an animal that flies. Bird feathers are incredibly diverse and specialised structures that play crucial roles in a bird’s life, including flight, display, and coloration. Understanding the anatomy, types, functions, and evolution of feathers […]

Autumn – A Time of Change

As we approach an earlier than usual weekend, we start dipping into our autumn season. The sun is beginning to rise a little later and set a little earlier, and the temperatures are definitely starting to cool around this time. The last bits of rain are falling, but that will be disappearing soon. The trees […]

Nzumba – Another special trip

Late last year, one of my repeat guests got hold of me and wanted to do a safari early this year. The family had been on numerous safaris with me over the years, and the son, Jack, had fallen in love with South Africa. He was absolutely chomping at the bit to get back out […]

Predators of the Skies

Birds of prey, better known as raptors, have intrigued humans for centuries. Even to the point where we have managed to semi-domesticate them, using them to help us with pest control and even hunting small game. They were worshipped in many old cultures, as they were depicted as idols of power and pride. The word […]

Different ways to view wildlife

When people think about safari, they immediately think about driving around in a game drive vehicle or safari truck for hours on end. As soon as you mention viewing animals in any other way, they are taken aback and are very surprised. The idea of walking on foot to explore a forest, sitting in a […]

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