Field Guide Favourites – Birding for Beginners

Images & Text by Candace Grey Weavers, Babblers, Starlings and Storks: these are but a couple of the feathers you’ll see on your visit to the Sabi Sands. I wasn’t much of a birder (still not) before I began working in the bush, and if you are the kind of person, as is myself, who [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – Mandela Day at Cheetah Plains

Mandela Day 2017 Mandela Day is arguably one of the easiest days to celebrate, as it is in honour of a person for whom we all share a deep respect. Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his life to fixing a broken country, and although some aspects still have a lot of work left, his [...]

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Field Guides Favourites – One Land Love It

In December 2016, Cheetah Plains had the pleasure of hosting Wayne and Nikki Bolton, a wonderful couple with an inextinguishable passion for the bush and its conservation. Wayne and Nikki founded OLLI – One Land Love It – and work together with their two children, Daniel and Laura, taking an active stance against poaching and [...]

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Field Guide Favourites – Seasonal Changes

The amazing change in the bush after the rain. Explaining the change in surroundings after the recent rains is something which I find myself stumbling over. There are very little words to describe it properly, other than the use of the classic terms, like “lush”, “beautiful”, “wow” and “amazing”. Image by Candace Grey [...]

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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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