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Kruger Catch up – Week 7 – Wild dogs and big male leopard at Shimuwini

Shimuwini Camp is one of my favourite places to stay in Kruger. It's one of the so-called bush camps (like Biyamiti, Talamati, Sirheni and Bateleur), and is only accessible to people who are booked to stay there. Also, the roads into camp are off-limits to general visitors, so you have a good chance of being alone at wildlife sightings.

I was very lucky here. Once again, most of my luck came early in the morning or late afternoon. After seven weeks of getting up every morning at 5, to make
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Kruger Catch Up – Week 5 – Another leopard (sigh)

Things were a bit quiet this week on the wildlife front. Olifants Camp is probably the beginning of the northern part of Kruger, and so although it's a big camp, there are far fewer tourists here than at Lower Sabie and Skukuza. It's a function of wildlife numbers too - this is where the vast mopane shrubland begins, and consequently there are fewer NUMBERS of herbivores, although all the same species do occur here. But you never quite know what you're going to see...so although it can be very
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YITW 2013-14 – How dung beetles give birth to baobab trees – or the definition of success

We were dwarfed by a baobab tree in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of south-eastern Botswana. I stretched out my arms against the trunk, then walked slowly around it and measured the circumference, which came to about 20 metres.

“This one is just a baby,” my guide and instructor Okwa Sarefo laughed. Age and size, it turns out, is decidely relative in the African bush.

“It’s probably only 1 000 years old,” Okwa explained.

Hold on, I thought, only 1 000 years old?

“Baobab trees are
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The lost city of Thulamela…and a taste of Pafuri

Most people think “wild animals” when they travel to the Kruger National Park. But there are several fascinating archaeological sites which indicate that the park was at times inhabited by both Stone Age and Iron Age people.

Like elsewhere in the country, there are bushman paintings, although none rival those of uKhahlamba-Drakensberg or the Cederberg in the Cape. Nevertheless, the Stone Age bushmen were the original inhabitants of Kruger, as they were of our country, having lived here for
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Massive baobabs and elephant charge in Nyalaland Wilderness Area

The north of Kruger continues to cast its spell on me. I spent a day with trails rangers Christopher Mutathi and David Nemukula, who lead the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail in the northwestern wilderness area of Kruger. They wanted to show me this region, as they had a day off from their trails, and wanted to check up on the small camp where trailists spend their nights.

I definitely want to come back here sometime to do the Nyalaland Wilderness Trail. It’s in a very remote part of the park,
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