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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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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