Monthly Archive: July, 2013

Not always the five!

Sometimes your best sighting of the day is not one of the big five. Today was such a day. As beautiful and exciting as the Rhino, Buffalo and Cheetah sightings were, seeing this… Continue reading

One more way to fight …

Fight Rhino Poaching from the Air! ZAP-Wing is a partnership between the provincial conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Project Rhino KZN. 24 game reserves (300,000ha) in northern KwaZulu-Natal currently benefit from daily… Continue reading

My favorite Elephant …

I like all the wild animals on Thanda but if I had to name my favorite Elephant this is the one. His name is Thulani. Normally I do not use individual names for… Continue reading

Exciting encounter!

Thanda’s two Cheetah brothers had an exciting encounter today. When walking along Thanda’s fence line they walked into two Lionesses which gave immediate chase. The Cheetah out-ran the Lions to the open Savanna… Continue reading

Buffalo Scenery

At the start of today’s morning game drive we found ourselves in the middle of Thanda’s herd of Cape Buffalo … … Then we watched a herd of Elephants drinking at a waterhole… Continue reading

On foot!

Our two Cheetah boys were lying in a recently burned area when we spotted them from the road. Driving off-road is not allowed on freshly burned ground so Bheki and I walked our… Continue reading


On today’s evening game drive we followed the Thanda Elephant herd for almost three hours. We saw them moving over a hill, drinking at a waterhole, racing away from the water, crossing one… Continue reading

Sunscreen, Insect Repellent and Cooling System!

Thanda guests enjoyed watching the herd of Elephants taking a mud bath at a waterhole. After an enjoyable swim and the mud bath they were dusting themselves before they disappeared back into the… Continue reading


Over 1,000 additional antelopes and zebra arrived over the last few month at Thanda Private Game Reserve. These Impala, Wildebeest, Nyala, Zebra and Kudu will enhance the excellent Thanda Game Drive Experience even… Continue reading

No “thorny” rides

The most important task for the Thanda Guiding Team is to show guests the many aspects of the Thanda ecosystem on game drives. Another important responsibility is the bush-clearing of roads. During the… Continue reading