Category Archive: Sightings

A picture to trigger the memories

Not everything on a safari can be captured in the perfect picture. Sometimes the situation is just magic and no picture can ever tell the story. But it can help to trigger the… Continue reading

The Rhino Spa!

This is the Rhino equivalent to a human spa. As our guests enjoy the various treatments in the spas at the Thanda Safari Lodge and at the Thanda Tented Camp these two Rhinos… Continue reading

A patient cat!

Thanda Safari guests’ enjoyed today’s Leopard sighting. The beautiful cat¬†climbed a tree after an encounter with another male and then stayed there patiently until all game viewing vehicles had come by and all… Continue reading

Imvula, finally!

Two good days in Zululand. We had over 50mm (~2″) of slow and steady rain (imvula in the local Zulu language), which got mostly absorbed into¬†the very dry ground. It also increased the… Continue reading

Noisy 15 Seconds

There is no comparison to a proper Lion roar. Turn your volume up and then listen to 15 very noisy seconds with Thanda Safari’s dominant male Lion. And then imagine you are sitting… Continue reading

Two for one!

It does not happen often that one sees two of the Big Five in close proximity and one sighting. The Thanda Safari guests enjoyed this very special encounter of a Black Rhino Bull… Continue reading

Skill and Luck

Skill and Luck – Both are very important when one goes on a Safari. Spotting a Leopard in a tree is a skill, the Leopard being there at the right time is pure… Continue reading

Indlulamithi – As tall as a tree …

What a great name the Zulu people use for this tallest of land mammals! These two Giraffe bulls were browsing below the Thanda Safari Lodge, raising their heads just above the tree line.… Continue reading

No CLICKS please!

This Black Rhino bull was striding across the savanna directly towards our vehicle. As he closed to about 30 meters (~75′) he got quite annoyed at the camera clicks and mock-charged the vehicle… Continue reading

I want THAT branch!

Out of the thousands of available trees and branches on the reserve, Thulani – one of Thanda’s largest Elephant bulls – chose a branch above the Safari Lodge entrance roof as his favorite.… Continue reading