The white lions of Timbavati in South Africa are indeed special creatures. In Africa, the very rare white lion is considered sacred. As a whole species, lions are king of the jungle, but white lions are especially venerated as sons of the Sun God. The number of white lions in the world is small – perhaps … Continue reading “The White Lions of Timbavati: A Sacred Sighting”
Samara Private Game Reserve is a captivating safari destination on a flourishing tract of wilderness in the Graaff-Reinet area of the malaria-free Eastern Cape. Samara also offers sanctuary to the highly endangered cheetah. Much has been done here to give this threatened species the best chance of survival, and the legendary cheetah-girl, Sibella, has been … Continue reading “A Legend of a Cheetah: Samara’s Sibella Success Story”
“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”
Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe has ushered in five crocs to the waterhole in front of the lodge. The new quintet hails from a crocodile farm in Groot Marico, and what happy landings to have arrived at Tau. So do look out for them on your next visit to this wonderful lodge.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and tip our hats to some of the pioneers who brought prestige to safaris, but much more critically, who also brought a private mantle of protection to so much of South Africa’s wildlife. Meet some of the great old-timers of luxury private safaris in South Africa.
Think white lion and we think Timbavati, because the white lions have been said to be indigenous to the South Africa’s Timbavati region. However, the earliest recorded sighting there was in 1938. Later, in the 1970s, the white lions were brought to greater public awareness when Chris McBride published his book The White Lions of … Continue reading “Pumba: Known for Luxurious Safaris and White Lion Rehab Project”
September is Rhino Month and a great opportunity to make a difference to rhino conservation. Rhino poaching is sadly on the increase, propelled by the demand for rhino horn in the Asian market. South Africa, proudly home to the African black and white rhino – with more than 80% of the world’s population, has been losing … Continue reading “Help Combat Rhino Poaching”