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10 Entertaining Behaviours of Giraffes

10 Entertaining Behaviours of Giraffes

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

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

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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June on Safari – News From the Bush

June on Safari – News From the Bush

We can’t believe another month has already flown by! On 21 June, we passed the winter solstice, so the days are slowly starting to get longer. But winter is still in full force, and early mornings and evenings have been quite chilly. Not to be deterred, we’ve had another great month of wildlife viewing. The …
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May on Safari – News From the Bush

May on Safari – News From the Bush

During May, the general game viewing was top class, as usual, with consistent sightings of giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, warthog, and antelope. But the quality of lion sightings was exceptional! Many guests were fortunate enough to see some of the lion cubs who are running around the reserve at the moment. One of the month’s highlights …
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11 New Lion Cubs

11 New Lion Cubs at Marataba

It’s an exciting time for the mother lions of Marataba. In the last six months, four lionesses have given birth! There are 11 cubs in total between them – one litter of four, two litters of three, and a litter of one. Two of the mothers are related females and are usually seen together, raising …
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April on Safari

April on Safari – News From the Bush

April was a busy month for Marataba. The quality of game viewing has been top class. A highlight was the numerous sightings of lions with new cubs, who are most entertaining! One male cub is particularly bold. He likes to show that he is not scared of anything – not even a vehicle – and …
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The 'Ugly Five' of Safari

The ‘Ugly Five’ of Safari

There is so much beauty to behold in the African bushveld: sweeping landscapes, striking flowers, vibrant sunsets… One can find appeal in just about everything out here. But one group of animals has earned the unfortunate reputation for being the ‘ugliest of them all’, and is referred to as the ‘Ugly Five’. Here is a …
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Makenyani Pan Lion Hunt

In the Middle of a Lion Hunt at Makenyani Pan

The mere possibility of the exceptional unfolding in front of your eyes is one of the things that keeps us guides motivated to come back day after day. You never know what you are going to see or experience when you are out here… One hot afternoon, I headed to a watering hole called Makenyani …
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A Rainy Day

A Rainy Day

The clouds start to build up around noon. Guides scramble to get roofs on the vehicles for the afternoon safari. A typical summer thundershower is about to rain down on the mountains of Marataba. The rain hangs around longer than usual and dampens the sandy soil of the Waterberg. But it doesn’t stop the game …
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