The Crash

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In the northern area of the Reserve we had a brilliant sighting of a crash of Rhino’s (White Rhinoceros). These six Rhino’s have been seen walking together for the last four months – the crash is made up of an adult female and five sub-adults. In above picture you will see four of the six with the female standing 2nd to the left. Brett Leask, ranger seen in the above photo commented that they were extremely relaxed.

Our honeymoon lions are no longer together – the female has returned to the pride and the male is off marking his territory once again.
There is no new news on our new lion cubs.

We have been enjoying the nice weather the last two days and there is a forecast high of 27degC.

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New Arrivals…

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We have some awesome news!!! Two new lion cubs were spotted.

Last night for the first time we saw two new lion cubs, they were roughly born about 2 months ago. We have being seeing the tracks of the two little cubs but have never had visual of them.
The cubs are still very young and therefore we will not be viewing them at night using spotlights. We will keep you updated.

The weather has returned to sunny skies and we are expecting a warm day at 24degC.

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African Wildcat

Good Day to All.

Since the day I started working at Kapama Buffalo Camp, the game viewing has been amazing – from the Big 5, to insects and reptiles.

For the past 3 days the weather has not been the best. It has been cold, wet and windy but today its blue skies and there is not a cloud in sight.

The highlight of my week was when we came across a female African Wildcat with 3 kittens. To see this in the wild is very rare due to the fact that it is an endangered species (Southern Africa). She was very relaxed as we let her and her kittens move off together and just in a flash they disappeared.
A female gives birth to 2 to 6 kittens, the average is 3. The female cat will find a burrow or a hollow to give birth in and they can also sometimes be found resting in these places. An African Wildcats’ gestation lasts between 56 and 69 days.

I am so thrilled to see they are still around and doing well.

Roan Ravenhill (Ranger Buffalo Camp)

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Fat Cat

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The Lions strike again! This morning our Lion pride was found on a Blue Wildebeest (Gnu) kill – it seems like they killed it in the early hours of this morning – with the pride being so big, the meat was finished very quickly. They were found sleeping next to the carcass sporting massive bellies!

Today is a stunning day with a forecast high of 25degC and there is no wind blowing. This weekend the lodge is very busy and we will hopefully have an eventful weekend on the sightings front!

Richard Brune (Kapama River Lodge Ranger)

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Master of Disguise

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In the above photograph is a Flap-neck Chameleon.

These creatures are very hard to spot, however, using our spotlights we can find them at night – they appear as a yellowish colour in the light. Their main prey is insects and they catch them using their long sticky tongues. When the Flap-necked Chameleon is provoked or threatened it hisses and puffs up it throat “flap” making him appear larger and more dangerous!

The latest cold front has proven that it can rain here in winter! This morning was cold and wet, with a total of 6milimeters falling since late last night.

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