The fever tree, its residents and the attack – a blog from ranger Dave Landey

The fever tree, its residents and the attack – a blog from ranger Dave Landey
For those of you who have visited MalaMala main camp, you will remember that there is a water feature as you drive in through the gates. Alongside said water feature, there is a tree – a fever tree (Acacia xanthophloea) to be more specific. This tree acts as the foundation for a number of nests which are built every year, by the smallest species of weaver – the lesser masked weaver (Ploceus velatus). These birds are a common resident in woodland/savanna environments, which breed between August and March, with the peak breeding season being between October and January. During this breeding season,...
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A tribute to the legends – a blog from ranger Dave Landey

A tribute to the legends – a blog from ranger Dave Landey
Who’s the top cat? It is often a topic of hot discussion amount the rangers, and it normally starts off along the lines of “Ok, so if the Bike and PAP …”. The bike being the Bicycle Crossing male and PAP refers to the Princess Alice Pans male – both nicknames given to two of the oldest, most dominant male leopards on MalaMala Game Reserve. Both of these well respected leopards are held in very high regard by most, and it is time to pay homage to the Bicycle Crossing male and Princess Alice Pans male leopard’s thirteenth and fifteenth year with us, respectively. The Bicycle...
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Video – A morning game drive at MalaMala Game Reserve

Video – A morning game drive at MalaMala Game Reserve
MalaMala rangers Jonno Short and Pieter van Wyk talk us through a morning game drive at MalaMala last week. This memorable morning saw sightings of wild dogs, a hyena and a wonderful encounter with the Tamboti female leopard and her daughter. Remember… it’s all about the wildlife.
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Ringside seats – a blog from ranger Pieter van Wyk

Ringside seats – a blog from ranger Pieter van Wyk
While out on patrol rangers Matt Meyer and Grant Roodt witnessed one of the African bush’s most captivating, hair raising, gruesome and adrenaline pumping events… a male leopard catching and killing an adult warthog. A sight that is not for the faint hearted. Warthogs are formidable creatures and do not go down without a fight. Their unwillingness to die brings to mind words from a Dylan Thomas poem; “do not go gentle into that good night” and “rage, rage against the dying of the light”. I’ve personally seen these animals chase away cheetah and charge or head...
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Photography at MalaMala – through the lens of ranger Pieter van Wyk

Photography at MalaMala – through the lens of ranger Pieter van Wyk
This week’s photography blog comes from the lens of ranger Pieter van Wyk. See the Styx lionesses relax atop our very own pride rock. A Verreaux’s Eagle owl showing himself in broad daylight. And the sun setting on a wonderful week of game viewing at MalaMala Game Reserve. Thanks Pieter! Remember… It’s all about the wildlife. Oh and this is what a woodpecker’s tongue looks...
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A stolen feast – a guest blog from Alexander Renwick and images by ranger Pieter van Wyk

A stolen feast – a guest blog from Alexander Renwick and images by ranger Pieter van Wyk
Drag marks. They always get a ranger’s undivided attention. They are the tell tale signs of a kill and a predator is surely nearby. The high probability of a good sighting awaits those who can successfully follow up on the track and sign. These signs can be relatively easy to follow but on the rare occasion, such as this one, they can stretch over a long distance, thick shrubbery, long grass and ravines, making it a challenge for even the most seasoned ranger. Luckily a well trained ranger was on hand and after an adrenalin pumped search the track and sign led him to a rocky outcrop where the...
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