Field Guide Favourites – Olive Bark Scorpion & Babies

General Manager, Gary Ray spotted this rather rare & unique sighing of an Olive Bark Scorpion transporting her babies in camp. These scorpions are part of the Buthidae family, and their stings are extremely painful. Although common to the area, they are seldom seen as they prefer to hide under debris in the gardens.

By | April 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Olive Bark Scorpion & Babies

Field Guide Favourites – What to pack for a safari

We are often asked by our guests, what do we need to bring on safari? Although this question is simple enough to answer with the basics, a fair deal of the items do come down to personal preference in terms of form, or functionality. Some of the basic items we would always recommend include Sun [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – What to pack for a safari

Field Guide Favourites – September at Cheetah Plains

The 1st of September marked the start of the spring season, here in South Africa, and it is a much celebrated day. Most schools have a special “civvies” day (casual clothing worn instead of uniform) with perhaps a picnic or fun event; and everyone anticipates the gradual climbing of temperatures and the start of the [...]

By | September 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – September at Cheetah Plains

Field Guide Favourites – Leap of Leopards

With all the adult leopards prowling about, one would never think that a cat as old as Karula would still be in good breeding condition. I suppose that, in the animal kingdom, if a leopard is still healthy and in good shape, it can still produce offspring regardless of age. The few of you who [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Articles, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Leap of Leopards

Field Guide Favourites – May Lodge Update

We can start this month’s news with a great note: the bathroom upgrades for all our standard twin and double rooms has been completed! Gone are the tiles of yester-year and guests can now enjoy fresh looking facilities. Along with this, the rooms have been given a new lick of paint, adding a slight touch [...]

By | May 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – May Lodge Update

Field Guide Favourites – New Genet Family in the Lodge

Known for being extremely shy, I never thought that I would be fortunate enough to see a Genet so soon in my short time here at Cheetah Plains. Granted, I have been with the team for just over 6 and a half months, but I was made aware of the critters that are most rare [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – New Genet Family in the Lodge

Field Guide Favourites – 5 Questions with Myke Glasson

Myke is a field guide in training at Cheetah Plains who has a passion for the bush. Get to know a bit more about him in our 5 Questions with... Where did you work before / experience / training / background? Before Cheetah Plains, I worked in an entirely different industry: I was a floor [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – 5 Questions with Myke Glasson

Field Guides Favourites – 5 Questions with Andrew Khosa

Andrew Khosa is one of the longest serving members of staff at Cheetah Plains. He has worked his way all the up to Head Guide and is well known to many many guests who he has guided. Get to know a bit more about Andrew in this 5 questions with... Where did you work before [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guides Favourites – 5 Questions with Andrew Khosa

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 [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|Articles, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Birmingham Male Lion Coalition Takeover

Field Guide Favourites – December Update

December has been hot, very hot by all accounts and with the rains still eluding us we are seeing very large herds of cape buffalo, zebra and even wildebeest with their new born calves moving to the last remaining waterholes. Elephants Drinking at Three in a Row Pan Leopard sightings have been amazing [...]

By | December 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – December Update