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Animal Behaviour

Addo Elephant National Park in Eastern Cape, South Africa, is a national treasure – a wilderness conservation area where elephants galore can be seen at remarkably close range. Some say that the park has the greatest profusion of elephants in all the world. Addo Elephant National Park is one of the prime attractions of the Eastern … Continue reading “Addo Elephant Park: Experience the Elephants of Addo From A Luxury Lodge”

The breeding pair of Spotted Eagle-Owls who, for some years, have been nesting and rearing their young at their favourite spot in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, are one of the many wonders of this exquisite garden. It was a sunny late-September morning when we first met the pair of owls and their two … Continue reading “The Spotted Eagle Owls at Kirstenbosch: A Few Weeks in the Life of …”

Any aspiring shark-cage divers in the house in need of a tiny nudge or some practical information? Well, Meisha Mustak – who’s one of our Getaway Consultants – re-emerges after-hours as an adventurer who – by her own admission – will try most things at least once. Her latest escapade was a shark cage dive, and so … Continue reading “Are You Thinking of Taking the Plunge? We Chat to an Adventurer after her Shark Cage Dive at Gansbaai”

There’s a sensational sight to behold each year during June / July on the wickedly beautiful Wild Coast: the annual Sardine Run.  Also dubbed the Greatest Shoal on Earth, this massive fish migration begins on this stretch of South Africa’s coast and runs north east towards warmer waters. To put this magnificent event into perspective, … Continue reading “Silver Seas: Catch the Sensational Sardine Run on the Wild Coast”

“Described as an elusive and solitary predator, it was a rarity to see leopards in the very early days of Safari at Londolozi.  Yet in 1979 that was all to change when John Varty, co-founder of Londolozi, and an incredible naturalist, Elmon Mhlongo, developed a relationship with the Mother Leopard. She was tolerant of their … Continue reading “Amazing Cat Chronicles: The Leopards of Londolozi”

It’s turtle season, friends, until the end of February. One of the most awesome experiences imaginable is to meet these creatures after dark on a long, remote stretch of beach down at Mabibi Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. At this special place you catch your breath in wonder as you watch Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles laying their … Continue reading “Turtle-Time Getaway at Thonga Beach Lodge, KwaZulu-Natal”

Think Grootbos and you think whales, seals, sharks and stunning Cape fynbos. But now there’s even more: a leopard has been captured on camera roaming the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Cape Overberg!

There’s no doubt about it, the young of almost every species evoke strong feelings of appreciation in us, usually accompanied by all sorts of cooing, clucky noises. An instinctive response, no doubt, to the young on our planet who depend for their survival on a capacity to elicit care.

The Turtle Season begins on 1 November and extends until the end of February. It’s really very awesome to meet these creatures at night, down on Mabibi Bay’s long stretches of beach sands, where Loggerhead and Leatherback females come up to lay their eggs.  These magnificent creatures return to the Maputuland coastline every year – to … Continue reading “It’s Turtle Time: Meet These Fascinating Creatures at Thonga Beach Lodge KZN”

If you enjoy being out in the ocean where the action is, one of the things you can do at Thonga Beach Lodge in KZN is swim with whale sharks.

The first whales of the 2010 season have been spotted at De Hoop Nature Reserve. The reserve has some superb accommodation, including upmarket self-catering. South Africa’s coastal waters receive migrating whales each year between June and November, when they migrate from icy Antarctic waters and enter our sheltered bays to give birth to their young … Continue reading “It’s Whale Season!”

I’ve just read a story about a female humpback whale rescued near the Farallon Islands outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate, and it reports some really interesting post-rescue behaviour. A fisherman spotted a struggling whale that had become ensnared in a tangle of crab traps and lines. Weighted down by the heavy traps, she was battling … Continue reading “An Amazing Whale Story: What Do You Think?”

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