Ithala Game Reserve was once part of the old Pongola Game Reserve, the first to be proclaimed in South Africa, and is now administered by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Situated in the Northern Natal Mountains near Louwsburg on the R69, and just 42km from Vryheid, Ithala is a short detour off Route 66 and well worth a visit. On offer is a modern up-market facility, situated within an authentic 30 000ha African […]
One of the ‘must see’ conservation areas in South Africa, uMkhuze Game Reserve is 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 uMkhuzi River, to the dry sand forest, wooded open grassland, as well as reed-beds and pans. Exploring uMkhuze Game Reserve you will find flat and undulating grasslands, with the Nsumo Pan being […]
This rangers report is courtesy of Leopard Mountain Lodge and is action packed with news from ranger Chase, Andrew, Adam, Kelwan & Donald. Although its an old post, it gives us a glimpse into life on a game reserve and a typical summer in South Africa. Summer in South Africa Summer brings its changes throughout the country. The fluctuating weather for us means warm days normally ending in a fantastic thunderstorm. Unstable conditions […]
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 along the Msunduse river have been picking up with a number of cats spotted over the past month. Some have been seen quite […]
Guest Post by Leopard Mountain Lodge by rangers Ivor, Chase and Adam during their walks and drives at Zululand Rhino Reserve. We trust you have had a great month. Where to start? Perhaps with the evidence of a battle of the cats as lion fights leopard, or an irritated Black Rhino who chased Ostriches through the plains. Maybe the sighting of the usually elusive Aardvark which made our night drive extra special […]
dung beetles are the first animals proven to use the Milky Way for orientation
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 […]
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.