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The story of the rhino orphans

The story of the rhino orphans

September 17, 2019 3 min read

Poachers are fearless and ruthless – well-trained and bush-wise...
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Famous Leopards of Pilanesberg

Famous Leopards of Pilanesberg

August 20, 2019 1 min read

Leopards are a special part of the Pilanesberg experience. Here you can meet some of the famous faces you might come across while taking a game drive in the Pilanesberg.
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Amarula and his friends

Amarula and his friends

May 20, 2019 2 min read

...But there is one elephant that I don’t trust. Amarula.”
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Christmas gift from the Pilanesberg

Christmas gift from the Pilanesberg

May 20, 2019 2 min read

The day after Christmas was rainy and overcast. With lunchtime approaching, we took Tshwene Drive to get to the Pilanesberg Centre. As we passed the Motlobo turn-off, my senses heightened. We were approaching one of the leopard hotspots of the park. I automatically slowed down. Would we be lucky today?
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Lioness and cubs

Lioness and cubs

May 20, 2019 2 min read

In the thicket close to the river crossing a lioness had emerged carrying one of her young cubs... As she came closer to the road another little bundle of fluff followed her...
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Painted Wolves

Painted Wolves

May 20, 2019 2 min read

African wild dogs are sometimes referred to as ‘painted wolves’. They are closely related to the black-backed jackal which is a common sight in the Pilanesberg. Both of them have conspicuous erect ears and a long muzzle that ends in a hairless fleshy area that encloses the nostrils. Bushy tails and long slender legs also count as common traits but their feeding habits are dissimilar. 
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Unwelcome guests

Unwelcome guests

May 20, 2019 2 min read

Two cheetah females had just made a kill. It must have happened not long before we arrived...
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Aerial Attack

Aerial Attack

May 20, 2019 2 min read

I was about to join Kubu Drive and accept that Mankwe Way would not produce any results on this day, when I heard the excited cawing of a pair of pied crows. I stopped to watch their strange behaviour. They were dive-bombing something in the tall grass. Reversing to get in line with the spot where the action was taking place, I scanned the area, suspecting their unusual antics were probably caused by the presence of a predator.
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Orion's kill

Orion's kill

May 20, 2019 3 min read

It was an afternoon to remember – the stars must have aligned for us. We had been watching some lions close to the Pilanesberg Centre earlier in the afternoon when we heard rumours of a leopard in a tree on the way to the Mankwe Hide. We are not in the habit of chasing sightings but we really wanted to see a leopard. We headed off in a puff of… fairy dust.
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Spellbound

Spellbound

December 14, 2018 3 min read

Photographing for our book Wild Heritage – KwaZulu Natal, we took an expedition in search of aliens on the pristine beaches of Maputoland...
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Sugar-Free Wildlife Photography

Sugar-Free Wildlife Photography

October 30, 2018 3 min read

Good wildlife photography used to be rare. Years ago when we found good images we were like kids discovering the secrets of sugar. We would salivate through magazines like National Geographic and metaphorically lick the sweet animal images off every page.
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Unblurring my Macroscopic Heart

Unblurring my Macroscopic Heart

October 26, 2018 3 min read

I grew up with a family of macro gear in my camera bag. The dad was the 180mm Canon macro lens and his beautiful wife the 100mm f2,8 macro. But over time they bred in the darkness of my camera bag and before I knew it, I had to drag not only them but all their offspring along on every trip...

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