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Two male giraffes fighting

While giraffes are generally docile giants, there is one situation that will give the males a reason to fight – the right to mate with females. Males can determine dominance without fighting by sizing each other up, but if this doesn’t settle it, they will resort to combat. They do so by using their necks …
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Great Expectations

As trails guides, we are frequently asked what our guests can expect when embarking on a walk through the wilds of Marataba. To give a short answer will not be fair, nor true to the activity or the wonder of exploring the bush. So then, what can one expect? Expect to be woken by a …
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Lion cubs learning to hunt at Marataba

  On safari, seeing a lion make a kill is highly sought after but not at all common. Even more rare is to witness a successful hunting lesson. Last month, our guests had a very special sighting of lions teaching their cubs to hunt. That morning, the first guests set out from the lodge around …
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Hyenas chase lions off of a kill

There are few animals who would dare challenge a pride of lions, but then again, there are few animals as bold as the hyena. Lions and hyenas are said to be eternal enemies, and when they come into contact, conflict ensues. For this reason, they avoid each other unless the stakes are high enough – …
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When four leopards meet along the river

Marataba has been a hive of leopard activity this week. On a recent evening safari, we were driving along the river system frequented by the cats, and then we heard it – the deep call of a leopard! It was coming from the reeds on the bank of the river. We moved in that direction …
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Sunrise with the Central Pride

One of the most exciting parts of sleeping in the bush is listening to the sounds of nocturnal life. While many are unfamiliar, there is one that is unmistakable – a lion’s roar. Over the last week, we’ve had lions in the vicinity of the lodge and have been treated to that thunderous audio on …
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An amazing and rare sighting

Marataba is very lucky to have pangolins. For some of our guests, seeing a pangolin is at the top of their safari wishlist, while others have never heard of this incredible creature. In recent years, pangolins have received substantial international attention because of their declining numbers due to the illegal wildlife trade. They are extremely …
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Marataba’s Central Pride make five kills in four days!

Despite their size and strength, lions are surprisingly one of Africa’s least successful hunters. In fact, fewer than 40% of their attempts will result in a kill. The reason for this is because they are more opportunistic than strategic in their hunting style. If their prey passes close enough, a lion will most likely attempt …
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Playtime with the elephants

Over the last few weeks we’ve had some exceptional elephant sightings. It’s always exciting to see an elephant, but it is even better to sit and watch a herd together for a long period of time. It is during these moments you can start to recognize their herd structure, personalities and natural behaviour. We have …
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A magnificent elephant sighting

The other morning we had one of those incredible safaris when, for whatever reason, everything seemed to be out and about. There was a thick layer of cloud cover that morning, and I had to wonder if this burst in activity was because it was an unusually warm morning. We were with guests who had …
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