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Life of a Ranger: Nutrients on scorched earth

  • December 12, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: Ranger's Blog, Wildlife

Did you know that a bushfire brings more than just danger and destruction? Rhulani’s Assistant Manager and Field Guide Sean tells us today about a fire that raged in Madikwe some time ago and is now the cause of new life and rich nutrients for many animals.

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What kind of animal was that?

  • December 02, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: News, Ranger's Blog, Wildlife

Even guests who come to us repeatedly were quite surprised by this sighting. “What kind of animal was that?” everyone asked themselves as Willlem led the vehicle near the fence line that borders the park and this unusual creature was there and appeared to us to be completely relaxed. A small, dark, cat-like animal. The African bush is home to many little secrets.

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Life of a Ranger: Towing service in the bush

  • November 26, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: Ranger's Blog, Wildlife

Did you know that there can be a car breakdown on safaris? Rhulani’s ranger Willem shows us a nice sighting with two lionesses today, where another safari vehicle no longer started, and Willem was helpful and quickly towed the defective vehicle with a rope. You see, everybody helps each other in the bush!

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Life of a Ranger: A murdered Lilac-breasted Roller

  • November 12, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: Ranger's Blog, Wildlife

Did you know that small cats sometimes catch birds? “Always expect the unexpected,” says our ranger Alasdair today, and he tells us about a bunch of Lilac-breasted Roller feathers he found, and we start to investigate what might have happened here.

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Secrets of the Bush: New life appears from nowhere

  • November 06, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: News, Ranger's Blog, Wildlife

Take a look here. New life is arising in the park. Much to the delight of Rhulani’s ranger Alasdair, better known as “Captain Redbeard. Unlike in a zoo, where births are known and observed, in a large wildlife reserve like Madikwe, newcomers just appear, and we sit our vehicle and marvel. This story is about cheetahs and leopards. But let’s tell Alasdair about it.

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Life of a Ranger: Poo spitting game

  • October 29, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: Ranger's Blog

Did you know that the coffee breaks on safaris are often very fun? Rhulani’s ranger Alasdair tells us about a “poo spitting game” that is very well known in South Africa and causes laughter among the guests. Try it yourself!

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Life of a Ranger: Baby elephants playing

  • October 15, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: Ranger's Blog, Wildlife

Did you know that the baby elephants love to frolic around for life, but are always watched and protected by the adults? Rhulani’s ranger Ralf tells us today about a fantastic sighting where a small elephant suddenly ran towards him, but was stopped by its mother.

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When the scavengers come at the end

  • October 13, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: News, Ranger's Blog, Wildlife

Animals that die in the African wilderness are eaten up in a very short space of time, to the last remnant. This morning, like every day at sunrise, Rhulani’s ranger Willem drives his guest to the nearby “Inkwe Pan”, where he spots the last remains of a buffalo in the water. Hyena calls break the morning silence.

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Life of a Ranger: Lion eating a Wildebeest

  • October 01, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: Ranger's Blog, Wildlife

Did you know that lions know exactly where the tastiest parts of their prey are and therefore they quickly reach the inside of their prey’s stomach? Today Rhulani’s ranger Ralf shows us a male lion with a bloody mouth eating a Blu Wildebeest.

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Life of a Ranger: Territorial impala male

  • September 17, 2023 | Rhulani Safari Lodge | Category: Ranger's Blog, Wildlife

Did you know that male impala have their own territory and repeatedly mark it by urinating in a so-called “midden”? Today Rhulani’s ranger Ralf tells us more about these beautiful little antelopes and how they get the females’ attention.

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