The 2013 audit for iSimangaliso has been released, and the Auditor-General has given a thumbs up to a clean audit and performance review. Covering a financial as well as performance review, the audit confirms iSimangaliso has achieved its objectives committed to in its business plan submitted to the Minister of Environmental Affairs and National Parliament. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999, the iSimangaliso of today is a […]

Winter is slowly but surely releasing its grip on us and the reserve has begun the annual burns. A large area north of the Msunduze River is now black with ash making way for new grass growth during spring. Some exciting news is that our Leopard sightings have been picking up with a number of cats spotted over the past month. Some have been seen quite close to the lodge. […]

April Rangers Report from Leopard Mountain: The weather has been keeping us on our toes making us glance out the window first before stepping outside. We’ve had everything from rain to sunshine, overcast and windy days yet the game drives and sightings have been great. This month our feline friends have been keeping us quite busy and entertained. On one of our night drives our head ranger, Chase, managed to […]

This months rangers report from Leopard Mountain Lodge is action packed with the latest news and sightings from the heart of the Zululand Rhino Reserve. The following as reported by rangers Ivor, Chase and Adam during their walks and drives: We trust you have had a great month. Where to start? Perhaps with the evidence of a battle between a Lion and a Leopard or an irritated Black Rhino who […]

At the summit of Ubizane, Zulu for the Place of Calling,  is where the Chiefs used to summon the people by beating drums and sounding huge Kudu horns. As the sun sets over plains below – one can almost hear the echoes of those horns…. Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is situated four kilometers from Hluhluwe Town, and on the access road to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park. A mere two and a half […]

Rangers report from Leopard Mountain brings sightings of wild dog,leopard, elephant and rhino. A special treat is an account of a Blackbacked Puffback taking on a feared Boomslang and coming out on top of this encounter.

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 […]

Properly spelt uMkhuze, this is one of the ‘must see’ conservation areas in South Africa, and happens to be one of the oldest in the world. Established in 1912, the park covers 38,000 ha of varied habitat, ranging from the forested banks of the Mkuzi River, to the dry sand forest, wooded open grassland, as well as reed-beds and pans. The park consists mostly of flat and undulating grasslands, with […]

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.