Safari Camp Stories: The Unexpected Wildlife Sightings

by guide Josia Sibuyi and tracker Phineas Leane

When our guests join us in the big, wild bush, often they’re expecting to see a lion or a zebra every 100m on a safari drive. This is completely understandable, of course – I mean, have you seen The Lion King’s opening scene?

Unfortunately, the reality is that there are some days where you might not see any of your typical animals for almost a whole drive. Many factors play a part in this.

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Safari Camp Stories: Close Encounters

by Jaff Malapane, guide at Garonga

Some of the best safari camp stories start in a mysterious location with a mysterious cast. On this day I was actually lost and it doesn’t get more mysterious than that! I was coming from a part of the reserve called Harmony 90 (a remnant from when most of the area was owned by a mining company called Harmony), I had spent the morning looking for an elephant herd and after finding them, in a location that remains partly a mystery to me, I was making my way back to chartered territory.

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Safari Camp Stories: History in the Making

by Sophie Barrett, guide at Garonga

A game reserve is a place where unique moments happen on a daily basis. At any time seeing a particular creature, behaviour or interaction might be a first for either guest or guide. A game reserve is a place of wonder, a place where the definition of impossible is ‘it could happen tomorrow’. In such a place how do you decide which moments are everyday wonders and which are wonders for the history books? Usually this is a topic of hot and heavy debate, but recently here at Garonga we were all able to agree that one first was truly a first that will go down in the history of the reserve…

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Take a Walking Safari on the Wild Side

Ditch the four wheels of the game vehicle for your own two feet on a walking safari in the middle of South Africa’s bushveld.

Our home, the Greater Makalali Private Nature Reserve, is a beautiful wilderness area that is bursting with life that is big, small and, of course, creatures that fall somewhere in between.

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A Responsible Safari in South Africa: Garonga’s Schools Initiative

by Bernie Smith, owner of Garonga

Due to Little Garonga having no guests over a short period of time in June, I tasked one of my waiters, Aldrin, with sourcing a school local to his home in Bushbuck Ridge to come for a day visit to Garonga.

Aldrin succeeded in his task!

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