A new guide, Josh Duffus, recently joined our team from our sister property, Madikwe Safari Lodge.
I went along with him on his first game drive, and we came across a sighting to remember!
We decided to head South with our guests, to an area where no other people were driving, so we could explore the area privately.
At 23 000 hectares, Marataba traverses a huge area, so options were limitless for our first drive.
We headed towards one of the dams in search of the infamous buffalo that are often spotted there.
After catching a glimpse of a “Dagga Boy”, an old buffalo bull, wallowing in the mud, we made our way to a dam.
There one of the guests spotted a large rhino cow, and next to it, a small calf!
This calf took us all by surprise. Josh and I found ourselves jumping up and down with as much excitement as our guests.
This rhino calf was only a few months old, and we were lucky to watch him for 15 minutes before the little one disappeared into the tall grass. Mom soon followed, and the two disappeared in the direction of the sun, which was slowly beginning to set. It was a beautiful scene.
It was an awesome day, and great way to kick off Josh’s start at Marataba.
Words by: Field Guide Dan Hartman
Photos by: Adriaan Mulder (for illustrative purposes only and not from actual sighting)