Field Guide Favourites – A day at the Waterhole

Written and Photographed by Joshua Gilbert A day at a Watering Hole As you are well aware we, South Africans, are going through one of the driest years since 1992. This period is known as a drought which means below average rain in a given region, resulting in serious water shortages in that area. Here [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – Valentines at Cheetah Plains

Valentine’s Day at Cheetah Plains is always a festive affair and the team met the day with much excitement at the chance to dive in and make this occasion as special as possible. The day started when the guests arrived back from the morning game drive, and each of our special ladies were presented with [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – Birmingham Male Lion Coalition Takeover

Article and Images by Cheetah Plains Field Guide, Craig Hamilton The Birmingham coalition of 5 brothers first started entering the northern sands around October/November 2015. They come from the Timbavati area and were pushed out by their fathers to avoid competition. Birmingham Male Lions   It is always very exciting to find a [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – New Leopard Cubs

With the arrival of the new litter of cubs to resident female leopard, Inkanyeni, we have been left wondering who the male that sired them is. The cubs have been kept in dense thickets on the eastern side of Torchwood. Inkanyeni calling her cubs out of hiding We have been extremely fortunate to [...]

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Field Guides Favourites – 5 questions with Sakhile

As many of our guests at Cheetah Plains can attest, Sakhile is always there with a cold drink in hand, and a warm smile. We asked him 5 questions and hope that you will enjoy getting to know him and his background a little more. Where did you work before / experience / training / [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – Syl Yemen (lions of Sabi Sands Visit)

While about to enter Gowrie Gate, I jumped out to grab something from the backseat. The lady in the car behind us gets out & is running over to me. It's Cheryl – The Cheetah Plains General manager. Lots of hugs & hellos. After we all got through the gate she went in front of [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Syl Yemen (lions of Sabi Sands Visit)

Field Guide Favourites – January Update

The New Year promises many exiting sightings if the first week of 2016 is anything to go by. With it still being very dry and no rain forecasted, almost all our dams and pans have dried up leaving but a few holding water. These areas have become a hive of activity with all species coming [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – A memorable afternoon safari

Accompanying games drives is always a treat, especially when the sightings have been stupendous. Upon hearing that the Wild Dogs had crossed back into North, foregoing the drive that afternoon would have been a most regrettable decision. First on the list was to have a gander at the Birmingham  Boys, who were seen during the [...]

By | December 19th, 2015|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – A memorable afternoon safari

Pfunani Enterprise Development

At Cheetah Plains, we know the importance of involving the local community and supporting small businesses that surround the reserve. By having readily accessible services and produce, we are able to obtain the freshest ingredients and very swift service, and this in turn allows the development of the micro enterprise and in turn assists the [...]

By | October 16th, 2015|Articles|Comments Off on Pfunani Enterprise Development

Settling Lion Dynamics

By Craig Hamilton & Justin Glanvill It seems to have become a fact that the Birmingham males are now the confirmed new territorial males in the Northern Sabi Sands. They have chased the Matimba males off, have been mating with females from both the Styx and Nkuhuma prides and are constantly calling and scent marking [...]

By | October 16th, 2015|Articles|Comments Off on Settling Lion Dynamics