Pre-Colonial Days In pre-colonial days the African elephant used to occupy the whole of South Africa, right down to the Southern Cape. Gradually through hunting and loss of habitat to agriculture and human pressure, elephants were wiped out leaving a few remnant populations in places such as the Knysna Forest and the Lowveld areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. In KwaZulu-Natal elephants were totally eliminated with the exception of occasional excursions […]

The Top Ten photos taken by rangers are showcased on rangerdiaries.com and are a collection of the most striking photos taken during 2012. Their passion for their work and for preserving our amazing heritage is reflected in these amazing photos.

This Rangers Report is courtesy of Leopard Mountain Lodge as told by their rangers rangers, Chase, Andrew & Adam… Another exciting week in Zululand Rhino Reserve, with creatures big and small, surprising us around every corner. The breeding herd of Elephant has wandered south again followed by a massive bull. Squarelipped (White) and Hooklipped (Black) Rhino have also been spotted regularly displaying a range of interesting behaviour. Our Lions have […]

Rangers Report from Leopard Mountain It’s been an exciting month here at Leopard Mountain. Despite having had the most rain we have seen in October in around ten years, our sightings have been nothing short of invigorating. The river has been flowing constantly and our birdlife has gone through the roof. All our animals big and small, have been keeping us on our toes. The predators have been moving around […]

Situated just north of Richards Bay, Mapelane is the southern most reserve found in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park at the uMfolozi River mouth, with the town of St Lucia on the opposite bank. A popular getaway for surf as well as deep sea fishing, this is also a birders paradise with over 200 species being spotted in this small area alone. Along the pristine beach there are tidal pools to […]

Ngoye, oNgoye, Ongoye – no matter how you spell it or pronounce it, with an estimated 605 bird species this is regarded as one of the gems along the Zululand Birding Route. This is reputedly the only place in the world where the rare Woodward’s barbet or green barbet is found. Located only 150 kilometres north of Durban, between Mtunzini, Eshowe and Empangeni, makes this a very accessible destination, along […]

Sodwana Bay, one of iSimangaliso’s “ten jewels” based centrally in the coastal zone of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park world heritage site, is being upgraded. The upgrade seeks to restore the ecological integrity of this prime beach destination while improving visitor facilities. This 1970’s-styled resort is receiving a major redevelopment in keeping with the needs of today’s iSimangaliso visitors. This entails the removing of structures that are inappropriate and not fit […]

The last two weeks have brought changes here at Leopard Mountain, with food and water being plentiful and available around every corner. Summer is approaching fast and so are all the wonders that come with it. Leopard sightings have been great! A big male was seen doing his rounds one cool afternoon. On another occasion, a younger male was less interested in marking and protecting territory, and more focused on […]

August brought the start of our annual burning season. This process is extremely important as it gets rid of all the old grass that has dried out losing its nutritional value over the winter months. With the arrival of the first rains the burnt patches transform into bright green plains as the new grass begins to grow. Compared with previous years, our rain arrived early this year with our first […]

Ndumo has the highest bird count in South Africa, with some 430 species being recorded, making this one of the top choices for birding.  Of special interest is the Pell’s Fishing Owl, the Broadbill and Southern Banded Snake Eagle. Located in the far north of KwaZulu Natal along the Mozambique border, Ndumo is close to many other attractions, not least of which is the Tembe Elephant Park. In the north […]