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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Hyena fight – a blog and images from ranger Gregory Baldwin

Hyena fight – a blog and images from ranger Gregory Baldwin
Ranger Gregory Baldwin recently witnessed the following interaction between a pair of spotted hyenas while out on a game drive with MalaMala Game Reserve guests. Read all about the action here and see a sequence of the events below: Just after sunrise we came across two spotted hyenas running towards the river underneath West Street Bridge. They were on their way for an early morning swim. Each found a pool on either side of the water course and we enjoyed watching them for a few minutes just lounging about, seemingly content with their early morning dips. However, jealousy soon got the better of the...
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Topping the scoreboard – A game drive report from guest Astrid Bluemel

Topping the scoreboard – A game drive report from guest Astrid Bluemel
Towards the end of last month the guests at MalaMala Game Reserve recorded the highest wildlife sightings score for the year. One of those guests, Astrid Bluemel, has been kind enough to share her experience of that day and some beautiful images. Thanks Astrid! The 26th of September 2014 There is a scoreboard in the bar at MalaMala; each animal gets certain points, ranging from impala earning a single point, to a kill scoring 200. Every night Michael adds them all together. Today we got the top score for 2014: 2447.  This is the story of that day . We get up at 5:00 to have a coffee in the bush at...
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Weekly sightings of the MalaMala Seven – 28 September to 4 October 2014

Weekly sightings of the MalaMala Seven – 28 September to 4 October 2014
Sightings for the week ending 4 October 2014 Number of lion sightings: 11 Number of leopard sightings: 19 Number of elephant sightings: 26 Number of buffalo sightings: 15 Number of wild dog sightings: 3 Number of cheetah sightings: 0 Number of rhino sightings: 0 Lions: Styx Pride with a zebra kill – 28th Eyrefield Pride – 29th Two females from the Fourways pride – 29th Styx Pride with a kudu kill – 29th Styx Pride – 30th Eyrefield Pride – 30th Styx Pride – 1st Styx Pride – 2nd Eyrefield Pride and four Manyelethi males with a buffalo kill – 3rd Two unknown male lions –...
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