Field Guide Favourites – Moving away from Plastic

There are numerous arguments as to why plastic is better – when thinking about it on a humanitarian level and, of course, business level – but we have seen that the casual usage and discarding of it has and is causing more problems to the environment than a glass bottle could. So what can we [...]

By | September 29th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Moving away from Plastic

Marvelous Mungo – Locally sourced linens for our proudly South African lodge!

At Cheetah Plains we are passionate about conservation, community upliftment, eco-friendly initiatives and sourcing products, produce and infrastructure locally, while still maintaining the highest possible standards. While we may be famous for our big game sightings, the Big 5, big skies and big smiles, we also make a concerted effort to not forget the seemingly [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – Terrapin Piggyback

We were hit by a cold snap around the time of the winter solstice, and the cooler temperatures led to our resident pod of hippos to leave the water and lie on the bank in order to warm themselves up. Image by Candace Grey The 6 hippos slowly climbed out of the water, [...]

By | July 15th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Terrapin Piggyback

Field Guide Favourites – Limpopo Girdled Lizard

Cheetah Plains General Manager, Gary Ray often locates some spectacular smaller creatures in his garden, and his eagle eyes spotted a Limpopo Girdled Lizard: Although fairly widespread in our area (lowveld), these lizards are seldom seen. They are generally found hidden under debris such as dead bark, tree hollows and in rocky areas. Generally quite [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – Wild Dogs Steal Leopard Kill

We often view large predators feeding on kills that they have made, but these are normally uninterrupted and last for a few days. Recently, we spent some time with a resident female leopard, and her dependent young male cub. She had managed to pull down a young waterbuck, which is a fairly substantial kill and [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – Wild Shots Educational Outreach

The lodges of Sabi Sand play an important role in conservation as well as aiding where possible in community upliftment projects, so on receiving the request to host a small group of budding photographers, led by Mike Kendrick of Wild Shots Educational Outreach, we jumped at the chance to lend a hand. Image by [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – Catfish Wrangling

The month of January was a good month all round for the lodge with a total 101mm of good rainfall recorded. The rain was light and really ground wetting. We had a number of overcast cooler days that allowed the ground to remain wet and for the water to sink in. The bush has blossomed [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – An Unusual Sighting

As we head out on our twice daily safaris with our guests, we never really know what we could encounter, and not knowing what is around the next corner is always so exciting. The thrill of tracking a leopard, and finding it, or following alarm calls to locate a coalition of male cheetah is always [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – What to expect from a visit to Cheetah Plains

What can one expect from a visit to Cheetah Plains? Image by Candace Grey When squinting at the glare of my computer screen, with fingers crazily ticking and tacking away at the keyboard as I respond to an ever-flowing stream of emails, I am often met with the frequent question: “What do the [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – What to expect from a visit to Cheetah Plains

Field Guide Favourites – Gary’s December Star Gazing

Cheetah Plains Gary Ray is an avid astronomer and enjoys sharing his knowledge with our guides and guests. He has kindly enough compiled a point form synopsis of what is happening in the skies over December. Scorpius has disappeared over the Western horizon and the awe inspiring ‘hunter of the sky’, Orion, has taken over. [...]

By | December 18th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Gary’s December Star Gazing