Safari Camp Stories: The Last Decade, New Beginnings

by Sophie Barrett, guide at Garonga

From the whole team here at Garonga Safari Camp and Little Garonga, we would like to start off this blog wishing all our guests (past, present and future) and readers the happiest of new years and a very very happy start to a new decade! The start of a new year is often a time for reflection and resolutions. We re-evaluate our lives and our habits and promise to do better over the next twelve months. My plea to you all is to make this the year and the decade where our changes are focused on living environmentally consciously and sustainably.

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Safari Camp Stories: Kaizer & Glandstone’s Unexpected Adventure

by Kaizer Mathebula (Guide) and Glandstone Sibuyi (Tracker) at Garonga

When we left the camp we had a mission. My safari camp guests were asking to see hyenas and we had a hunch where there might be an active hyena den-site on the reserve.

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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: 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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