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Outfoxed By An Unusual Animal Sighting

Walking Safaris | October 17, 2018

Bush walks are different to vehicle-based safaris, in that they are intended to draw attention to some of nature’s smaller features, like interesting plants and animal signs. Of course, one may come across a great animal sighting on the way, which is not an unwelcome outcome! A recent bush walk stands out in particular for …
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Sundowners With A Wild Twist

Cheetahs of Marataba | October 5, 2018

The magic of Marataba is that no sunset is ever the same here. The day of 27 September was one of the most rewarding for me as a guide. It began with spending time with a breeding herd of elephants swimming in the river in the early morning, and ended with an unexpected sighting of …
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The Beauty Is In The Details

Marataba Safari | September 26, 2018

“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.” –Natalie Angier The beauty of Marataba isn’t only in the obvious – the view of sweeping mountains around every corner, a lioness walking past a safari vehicle, or a golden sunset over the water – although those moments are spectacular in themselves. Beauty is found …
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Two Cheetahs and an Unsuspecting Warthog

Uncategorized | September 14, 2018

One of the reasons sightings of predators are so highly sought after on safari, other than their relative rarity in the bush, is the potential for action when we do see them. For example, on a kill, which many of us have only watched on nature documentaries. But the reality is to see something like …
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10 Entertaining Behaviours of Giraffes

10 Entertaining Behaviours of Giraffes

Marataba Safari | August 31, 2018

We see a lot of giraffes here at Marataba, and one thing that never ceases to entertain me is their funny behaviour. It really is endearing and has prompted me to list the top 10 giraffe sightings I enjoy most: Seeing a head poking out the top of a tree, with lips pursed in a …
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Unlocking the Mysteries of Marataba’s Elusive Leopards

Unlocking the Mysteries of Marataba’s Elusive Leopards

Marataba Safari | August 21, 2018

The leopards at Marataba, although plentiful, are often difficult to find – as leopards generally are. But in recent months, they’ve been making more and more frequent appearances and have provided a few unforgettable experiences for both guests and guides. A group of my guests recently had three separate sightings of these beautiful cats over …
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July on Safari – News From the Bush

July on Safari – News From the Bush

Marataba Safari | August 14, 2018

Guests spent nearly two hours watching two young, male lions resting near the river, while a female leopard hung out in a tree above them. She was clearly disturbed by their presence, but seemed to relax when they left shortly after sunset. The guides, about to follow suite, then spotted a male leopard walking beneath …
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The Tree of Life: Shepherd’s Tree

The Tree of Life: Shepherd’s Tree

Safari Experiences | August 3, 2018

Marataba has a number of fascinating trees and shrubs with various traditional medicinal uses and beliefs attached to them. One that is significant in the Waterberg area is the shepherd’s tree. The reason it’s called a shepherd’s tree is because it occurs in hot, arid areas throughout Southern Africa and provides much-needed shade for shepherds …
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