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 [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Limpopo Girdled Lizard

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 [...]

By | May 13th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Wild Dogs Steal Leopard Kill

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 [...]

By | March 25th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – Wild Shots Educational Outreach

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 [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – An Unusual Sighting

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

Field Guide Favourites – December Lodge Update

Text by Candace Grey As we all know, the festive season is looming large. Some of us cringe at the memory of hearing “Deck the Halls” jingling merrily through the doors of the nearest shopping centres before October has even warmed up. The 1st of December kick-starts the urge to lace our homes with all things [...]

By | December 11th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Field Guide Favourites – December Lodge Update

5 Questions with… Gary Ray & Clare McIntyre

Cheetah Plains General Manager, Gary Ray, and his partner, Clare McIntyre took some time out of their busy day to answer some questions for us. Where did you work before / experience / training / background? Gary: My background is one of serving in the corporate sector. I was employed in the fast moving consumer goods [...]

By | December 5th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on 5 Questions with… Gary Ray & Clare McIntyre