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...

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...

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...

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...

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...