Wildlife At Makweti

An African Moon

We have always insisted that our winter night skies in the Waterberg are spectacular. With little cloud to obscure our views of the vibrant Milky Way, little or no moisture or humidity to diminish the faint glow of even the smallest or farthest star from the earth, the night skies are alive. There is so

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The Baboon, A Poet And A Naturalist

Change is inevitable. Be it good or bad, it is bound to happen. Most of what changes is not so much about what has changed or is busy changing, but more one’s perception of what is different. Many things change around us without us knowing. Many changes have different impacts or effects on us or

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A Home That Makes A “Hole” Lot Of Sense

Observation: the active acquisition of information from a primary source using our senses. A critical part of being a guide, or even simply living in a natural environment, is possessing the proverbial ‘power of observation’ – taking time to notice the small things, those things less ordinary. Each time we exit the reserve and travel

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Nature’s Medicine Chest

In October 2018, we were in northern Kruger National Park when I was reminded about the trade in traditional medicinal products in South Africa. We were in the farthest northern part of the Kruger National Park driving along the Levubu River. We passed a common cluster fig or sycamore fig tree with a neat rectangular

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Travel Safely Feathered Friends

With the world at a standstill as we battle through the current pandemic, travel restrictions all over leave us dreaming of our next exotic holiday. Nature, however, continues to take to the skies, and it is quite simply business as usual. It’s that time when the mornings are cooler, rain clouds visit us less often,

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What’s In A Name?

“What’s in a name?  A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~ Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. A name. It is most often the very first thing we learn about something or someone. It allows us some insight into that person (or in this case an animal) and forms the basis

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Flight of Fancy

The mass movement of the Brown-veined White Butterfly sp. Belonois aurota aurota “Flight of Fancy” definition – fictionalisation, fantasy, mirage, unreality… or is it? The very thought of the annual migration of millions of tiny white butterflies all north-east bound in search of mates in wetter regions may seem to be fantastical. But this is

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