Introducing MalaMala’s ‘Big 7’

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This short clip is the intro to a DVD titled “The Big 7”, which was shot on location at MalaMala by Aquavision – South Africa’s premier wildlife filmmakers. These are the same talented folk that brought us Aquavision showcases MalaMala.

For those of you who have yet to have the pleasure of experiencing MalaMala “in the flesh”, and visit our sunny shores vicariously through CyberDiary Mondays and Video Thursdays, then this post will serve as a formal introduction to our famed Big 7. These are the characters that you’re likely to bump into while on safari in South Africa’s largest private game reserve. And if you have been fortunate enough to visit us, then it will be like meeting a group of old friends you haven’t seen in a while.

Note: This footage is copy-written and is shared with permission from Aquavision for the sole purpose of marketing MalaMala Game Reserve.

Happy almost weekend folks, enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Introducing MalaMala’s ‘Big 7’

  1. Having been to Mala Mala in 2005 and again in 2008…..the safari is an experience like no other. I still follow the cyberdiary weekly, and keep up with the magic. The feeling never leaves you, and a video like this keeps the heart aching for the time we return again!

    Deb McShane
    Fargo, North Dakota USA

  2. Hi Deb. Aaaahhh those are the comments we love to get! Hopefully we’ll be welcoming you back in the not too distant future! 😉

  3. That is a great video clip and as Deb said it certainly makes one want to return. I also follow the cyberdiary and have a short video on You Tube that I would like to submit for consideration for video Thursdays. How can I do that?

    Leslie Backus
    Delaware Ohio

  4. Hi Leslie. Can you email me ( the You-Tube link along with a short blurb about when you were there and what’s in the video. Thanks 😉

  5. Hi Joan. You’re absolutely right. The MalaMala Big 7 comprises the lion, cheetah, leopard, rhino, elephant, wild dog and buffalo. The reason the wild dog is not featured in this particular clip is because it’s taken from Aquavision’s DVD titled “The Super 7”, which features the hyena and not the wild dog. I’m not sure the reason for this, but I’ll definitely ask Aquavision and get back to you! 😉

  6. Hi Joan. I checked with Aquavision, and the reason they included the hyena as opposed to the Wild dog, is because at the time of shooting (which was quite a long time ago) there were no Wild dogs on MalaMala. 😉

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