Birds, Birds, Birds …

Thanda Private Game Reserve is well known for its excellent game viewing. The Super Seven (Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Black and White Rhino, African Elephant and Cape Buffalo) are spotted regularly.… Continue reading

Up the Mountain!

We tracked our Elephant herd for a long time when we spotted them going up a mountain. It is amazing how these huge creatures can move up a hill. On the same game… Continue reading

Seeing Black!

Watching White Rhino is amazing but it is much less exciting than watching a Black Rhino in its natural environment. This is a picture I took today on our game drive. The Black Rhino… Continue reading

That hurts!

Our young north pride male Lion participated in a Porcupine hunt. Inexperience and clumsiness resulted in two Porcupine quilts getting stuck in his mouth and chest. That hurt!   But he managed to… Continue reading

Love is in the Air :-)

Summer has arrived! For the bird lovers among you: These are two Village Weavers at the end of a mating session. About Village Weavers: The Village Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) occur in a wide… Continue reading

The Big Five in One Drive!

After two weeks of rain, wind and cold we had some great drives in the last few days. During the bad weather it was very difficult to find animals. They all were hiding… Continue reading

Bull Fight!

Today we had a very nice sighting of our breeding herd of Elephants. They were walking up a hill in front of us. I took these pictures of two young bulls at the… Continue reading

A Warthog burrow, the Lions close and the Landi stuck :-)

Today I got my Land Rover properly stuck for the first time. While we were trying to get close to a pride of Lions resting in thick bush I dropped my right back… Continue reading

Buffalo Droppings

Well, dung plays a huge role in the bush 🙂 Here are two examples of its use, which are quite unusual. We were watching a herd of Buffalo having a rest in the… Continue reading


I would like to introduce Bheki to you. Without him I could hardly do my job at Thanda. He is my “Communication and Navigation Officer”. Bheki is an excellent tracker. He is constantly… Continue reading