Little Cats Big Moment

If you have never seen a Genet you don’t know what you are missing. And if you want to see a Genet, staying in the tents at Punda Maria in the far north of Kruger is a guarantee. Every night after dark these elusive small cats do a patrol through the bush surrounding the tents.…

African Penguins; Survival Against All Odds

A hundred years ago there were four million, today there are a mere 55,000. Such is the perilous predicament of African Penguins. The experts are saying that within 15 years the species could become extinct if the decline in their population is not halted….sad facts of life for a truly wonderful little guy! Commonly known…

Wild Dagga; The Bird’s Beer

Browsing the bookshelves in the bookstore at Johannesburg Airport we came across a book by Heather Dugmore and Ben-Erik van Wyk called Muthi and Myths. The book is an easy interesting and educational read about the plants and legends behind African tribal medicine. One of the chapters in the book is about Wild Dagga, a common…

Safari Dust: Get Off My Hippo

The previous blog was a first chapter in a photo story of Grey herons surfing the backs of Hippos to catch fish. This second chapter illustrates the competition for prime hippo landing rights. Hippo surfing is obviously an easier way of catching a meal than conventional heron fishing techniques which often requires the bird remain…