The Spotted Panther

The Spotted Panther

These creatures are by far the most exciting to see in the bush, usually because they are so elusive and you feel sooooo lucky to have spotted one when you do.  Surprisingly their rosette spotted coats, ensure they are almost invisible in the dappled shade of the...

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Beginning of the Season

Beginning of the Season

There is excitement in the air here at home this week, as the beginning of the guiding season approaches.  Bush clothes are taken out of storage, washed and mended, camera memory cards are cleared and formatted in anticipation of the thousands of new experiences that...

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What makes an exceptional Safari Guide?

What makes an exceptional Safari Guide?

On a recent trip to the bush, while bumping along in the back on a game drive cruiser, I was thinking about the qualities that make guides stand out.  In Zimbabwe we are very lucky to have a very intensive guides training and qualification process, ensuring that our...

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Interesting members of the Dung Beetle family

Interesting members of the Dung Beetle family

The insect world is often only considered a nuisance when on safari, the nasty mosquitoes nibbling your ankles or the irritating flies buzzing around your face, but we should look further than these irritations to the other members of this tiny creature world. One of...

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A Night Predator

A Night Predator

The Verreaux’s Eagle Owl is the largest owl in tropical Africa, weighing in at about 3kgs, and boasts being the fourth heaviest owl in the world (source Wikipedia).  This large owl is found inhabiting savanna woodland and riverine acacia in most countries in Southern...

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The Amazing Insect World

The Amazing Insect World

On a recent wander around my garden in search of something interesting to photograph, I came across this amazing little house suspended from one of the branches of a Pride of India tree.  Once I saw one, I then became aware of 50 or so silk and stick cases dangling...

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A Waterproof Frog

A Waterproof Frog

Have you ever come across a mass of foam clinging to a branch or rock over hanging a body of water and wondered what an earth it was?  I remember first seeing this strange thing in Hwange during the rains, and asking the guides at the camp what it was.    We often...

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Red Velvet Mites

Red Velvet Mites

These very unusual creatures are known as Red Velvet Mites, are arachnids, belonging to the family Trombidiidae.  They look like little red velvet cushions running along the ground, with the hairs on their bodies acting like tiny feelers.  The species found in...

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Dinosaur remains in Zimbabwe!

The Zambezi Valley and the Kariba basin are slowly revealing their secrets.  As the water and weather erode away the years of soil, these areas are giving us their fascinating history.  Follow this link to find out more....

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The Near Threatened African Skimmers

The Near Threatened African Skimmers

On our recent trip to both Gonerazhou and Lake Kariba, we were extremely lucky to see the near-threatened African Skimmer.  These birds are partial intra-African migrants, arriving in southern Africa when the water level of rivers starts falling at the beginning of...

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