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The baboon Hilton.

While you explore Africa there is one animal that you will find at once endearing and ever-present. The ubiquitous baboon. They are gregarious creatures living in troops of up to 100 and run by a set of males who all have equal status as Dons and yet among equals...

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Penguins under the car…… Seriously?

Did you know there is a place where you can find, and many have found , penguins under the car? Damned if knew that before i showed up in Cape town. Boulder beach is on the way to the Cabo de Boa Esperanza, er Cape of Good Hope, well hey it was named by the Portuguese...

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A victory lap for mom!

The Leopard hunts in the darkness! An awesome book by Wilbur Smith and a very exciting and provocative title, slightly fearsome to some I suppose, but of all the sights of the African bush none is more awe inspiring and sought after than that of a leopard. Inkwe/ Ngwe...

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The bird barbers of the bush!

Believe it or not, there are birds who run a mobile cleaning and grooming service for animals in the bush. Red-billed oxpeckers, as they are called do just that. The birds literally travel on animals from warthog, impala, and kudu to buffalo rhino and giraffe and...

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The boys get a talking to.

Young bull elephants go for 20 years under the care and companionship of an older bull. We call the youngsters askaris after the Swahili word for soldiers, the big old bull being like a captain over these rambunctious fellows. They get pretty big too and many will be...

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One hot afternoon at the waterhole.

Heading for Satara camp from Tshokwane after a quick breakfast we noticed a herd of elephants heading north as well and slowed to keep pace with them. They were looking like they might cross over and head for the waterhole just ahead so we took up position facing the...

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Life and death in the Kgalagadi.

The Kgalagadi is hot as hell! In the arid savanna in the middle of South Africa is a place called Hot as hell. Believe it or not its true. Its spelt Hotazel.  Well any way hot as it is in the Kgalagadi bush, many animals have adapted to it and there live the most...

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The Trick and the Dead.

People think only lionesses hunt but nothing could be further from the truth.  Male lions are very effective hunters and very very strong. They can bring down a rhino as I have written about and it's not just brute strength though they are immensely strong as well. I...

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Hunting with the painted wolf pack.

Hunting with the painted wolf pack.

We were parked next to the waterhole hoping for some action and all of a sudden a wild dog ran across the road ahead. Now they are not usually alone and we waited for a minute and saw about 25 wild dogs cross the road and head for the waterhole. The first one heads...

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All spots in a row.

All spots in a row.

There is something about cheetahs that makes you want to just stare. They way they move is so almost liquid in its grace, and that gaze is always looking far ahead. Heads up and walking along, a cheetah is simply magnificent to watch. I was looking for a mother...

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The royal family.

The royal family.

I had heard that the Nsemani pride that lives around the waterhole called Nsemani dam in the Kruger Park, had small cubs, and quite a few so that day on safari, I decided to go look for them. I knew they drink late just after sunset and that's too late to find them...

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The beauty and the beast.

The beauty and the beast.

We came upon an amazing sight in the Kruger one day. A large group of cars were all parked and very close to the rest camp. That usually means a leopard sighting and so naturally we went to take a look. Sure enough, a large male leopard was up a tree with an impala...

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You snooze you lose.

You snooze you lose.

Cheetahs are the fastest land animal and they depend entirely on their speed to hunt. The cheetah kill is one of the most spectacular sights on the plains. As spectacular as it is, it attracts a lot of attention. Every scavenger and free-loader and even predator in...

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16 feet of protection.

16 feet of protection.

Large plains antelope are found in a whole range of colors, from sable antelope which are black to Gemsbok that are silver grey with fashionable stripes to Hartebeest which are a lovely rusty brown. The amazing thing though is that all their calves are fawn in color....

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A mosaic of doves.

A mosaic of doves.

When the sun's rays are at a low angle and the heat of the day is dissipating into the cool of the night, animals and birds come for a drink. The waterholes are busy and the unwary are in trouble. We sat by a waterhole before sundown and waited. Nothing. Well, the...

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My first caracal ever.

My first caracal ever.

It was the dead hours in the Kgalagadi, sun shining high in the sky, animals looking for cover from the blistering heat, and we were driving along among the dunes just hoping for something interesting to come along. A movement barely visible in the red sand on the...

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The King of the Aoub.

The King of the Aoub.

It was early morning in the deep winter and the sun was late rising. We had just entered the Kgalagadi and were heading out on a Game drive with the sun rising to our right, heading north on the Nossob road. The mornings are simply awesome in the Kgalagadi and we were...

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Split-second survival.

Split-second survival.

The Kgalagadi, surprisingly enough actually hosts a fair number of animals. Its neighbor the Namib even has elephants, but here its springbok and Gemsbok or Oryx as they are known with a smattering of eland, wildebeest, and steenbok. The latter being a small number,...

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The swart manhaar of the Kgalagadi

The swart manhaar of the Kgalagadi

I left Nossob camp a little late cuz we were moving camp and I was a little put off about missing the ‘early’ morning, it was already about 730am and I had lost an hour. But when the Kgalagadi delivers, it happens in spades. So we are driving along and suddenly I hear...

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Muddy little fella

Muddy little fella

Rhinos are huge. You look at them and really wonder at them cuz they look like they are from a different time. Almost dinosaur in size and shape and the black rhinos have a mean disposition. Those have been hunted to near extinction all for the horn. These two, white...

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