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Vulnerable!

The Southern Ground Hornbill is one of South Africa’s endangered bird species. Its conservation status is ‘threatened – vulnerable’. Yesterday this beautiful specimen of the largest species of Hornbill was foraging together with its… Continue reading

Family Life – Hyena Style!

Thanda’s Hyenas are rather shy and usually move away quickly when disturbed. But this morning, after heavy rainfall in the night, we found a Hyena family outside their den. Two little ones where… Continue reading

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

Thanda water truck to help drought-stricken animals and people

South Africa is in the midst of its worst drought for the past two decades, and a severe lack of rain is impinging on both animals and people. To help alleviate the situation,… 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

Valentine’s, Pancakes and a Traffic Jam in the Bush

At Thanda Safari it does not happen often that more than two safari vehicles meet on the reserve. So it was quite an unusual sight when five game viewers where driving down a… Continue reading