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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Capturing the MalaMala cats – a blog by ranger Gregory Baldwin

Capturing the MalaMala cats – a blog by ranger Gregory Baldwin
Ranger Gregory Baldwin recently hosted a group of photographers and videographers at MalaMala Game Reserve who were very interested in seeing the big cats we are lucky to see so often. Here is an account of their memorable sightings and some delightful photographs that Gregory captured during their stay. Sightings of leopard and lion have been in abundance at MalaMala over the past few weeks as most of the game have been attracted to the flowing Sand River during the drier months. I recently took out a group of photographers and videographers that were especially keen to capture some of the big cats...
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Weekly sightings of the MalaMala Seven – 20 to 27 September 2014

Weekly sightings of the MalaMala Seven – 20 to 27 September 2014
Sightings for the week ending 27 September 2014 Number of lion sightings: 14 Number of leopard sightings: 21 Number of elephant sightings: 20 Number of buffalo sightings: 12 Number of wild dog sightings: 1 Number of cheetah sightings: 1 Number of rhino sightings: 0 Lions: Styx pride – 21st Marthly pride – 22nd Two females from the Fourways pride – 22nd Styx pride – 22nd Styx pride with a Nyala kill – 23rd Marthly pride – 23rd Styx pride – 24th Eyrefield pride – 24th Marthly pride and three Manyelethi males with a buffalo kill – 24th Marthly pride and one Manyelethi male...
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Photography at MalaMala – a guest blog and images from Max Waugh

Photography at MalaMala – a guest blog and images from Max Waugh
Once again photographer Max Waugh, a photographic tour guide and previous MalaMala Photographer of the Year winner, has been kind enough to share his experience of the MalaMala wildlife with us. This time Max has put together a collection of images he took during a sighting of a pack of African Wild Dogs. Though my clients were understandably overwhelmed by the fantastic leopard, lion and elephant encounters we enjoyed at MalaMala, my personal highlight came when we encountered a pack of African wild dogs.  I’d only seen this species once before during a brief sighting in Kruger, and two...
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Photography at MalaMala – a guest blog and images from Yasmin Tajik

Photography at MalaMala – a guest blog and images from Yasmin Tajik
We love having photographers to stay at MalaMala Game Reserve and it is so special to be able to share their experiences and favourite moments with you. Recently Yasmin Tajik of Shalimar Studios, a photographer from Las Vegas, visited us and took some stunning images which she has been kind enough to share with us. I was recently on safari with my family at MalaMala Game Reserve.  Although I had been on safari to Kenya prior to this trip, it was all of our first time on safari in South Africa.  At the suggestion of our outfitter, Dare to Explore, they planned for us to be at MalaMala for three...
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