Safari Camp Stories: Let’s Go Swimming

by Sasha Maggs and Richard Nyathi, guide and tracker at Garonga

Elephants can be some of the most interesting and entertaining animals to observe. They’re highly intelligent, with deep-set family traditions and mannerisms. They mourn their dead, protect their young (sometimes in ferocious ways, as we found out last October), and have incredible memories – sometimes even remembering individual humans, and even cars, from many years past!

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Safari Camp Stories: Mother Knows Best

by Sasha Maggs and Richard Nyathi, guide and tracker at Garonga

My mother has always told me that she has never felt stronger and more in charge than when she became a mother for the first time. The responsibility of the little one that is half of you brings out incredible protective instincts that will help you to defend this small piece of your heart that has joined you on the Earth from anything or anyone that may hurt it.

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Safari Camp Stories: House of Cats – a South African Political Thriller

by Sophie Barrett, guide at Garonga

The life of a guide is riddled with drama. It’s like a soap opera that changes the channel and airing time on a daily basis, you have to work to keep up and you never know when you will see the next installment or which characters will be in it. One of the most thrilling personalities on our show has got to be the lions. Their relationships are incredibly close but also tumultuous!

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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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