Blood moon: Supermoon lunar eclipse 2015

Although we have previously experienced a Supermoon event (see: Under an African Moon), a lunar eclipse of a supermoon is a very rare event. The last one occurred in 1982, ...

Couta (fish) sosaties being grilled on the fire ©Theo van Zyl

May the Wors be with you

With twelve public holidays annually, South Africa has one of the highest holiday counts in the world.  Besides a number of cultural and religious public holidays there are also some non-official days ...


World Rhino Day

For years rhinos have been relentlessly hunted and killed for their horns. World Rhino Day (celebrated on September 22 every year) provides an opportunity for all the organizations involved in ...



Lion Spotting on the Photoblog

In the future I will be posting our very best photos on ...

The Undertaker

The habits of the vultures – feeding on animal carcasses – as well as ...

The Chase

[At the end of this post is a video covering the most ...

The Stalker

Interesting animals sightings in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park are a matter of ...
Image: Leon Visser

In the bowels of a giant Yellowwood tree

Today is the day you find out whether this photo (see here) ...
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Cat in a crook

As we were driving along on a dusty road on a cold, ...
Lioness with cubs - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, August 2014

Kalahari babies

We are on another pilgrimage to the Kalahari. Here are two of ...

And now my watch has ended . . .

He was blood of the dragon, but now his fire has gone ...
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There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and ...

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Photoshopped or not?

Above is an image of a hand sticking out of a tree trunk. So what do you think – is this image a photoshopped or not? Leave a comment below – the answer will be posted in a future post.

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Statue of Nelson Mandela, Parliament Square. Image by Warko via Wikimedia Commons.

Fishing with Mandela

Guest post by Willie A tall grey shadow has been cast over South Africa for almost a week now. South Africans have many emotions about the passing of one of the most iconic figures of our time.  When the massive display of grief on the passing of Nelson Mandela becomes a bit overpowering, it is […]

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African Wild Cat in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, August 2013 ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

For this week’s photo challenge on Focus, I’ve chosen a photograph of an African Wild Cat which was taken last week in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This photograph was taken at quite a distance, so it proved to be a little tricky to keep the cat in focus instead of the background.

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African Wildcat  in the Kalahari

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This week’s photo challenge is The Golden Hour, which Cheri Lucas Rowlands explains as follows: “In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day. Photographers venture out on sunrise hikes or sunset treks to capture a magical shot, due to the quality of the light during that time […]

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The Inca Trail

In the footsteps of the Incas – part 1

Originally posted on justcallmegertie:
There is one word that is universally understood and that expresses the same intensity of feeling in all languages. Wow! What started out as a tick on my bucket list, ended off as a personal pilgrimage for me. But in the end, I completed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I…

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Tsava's capture. Image: ©Hannah & Darius Mellet

Not your everyday occupational hazard!

Hannah was first featured on this blog in a post called How Hannah got her Peanut “back”,  about her role in raising a baby rhino. Now she’s back to tell another personal story about the occupational hazards of working with wild animals in a game reserves, and the worries that she, as a Reserve Ecologist’s […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Looking up at the crowns of some really huge (71.5m or 234.5 feet) Karri gum (Eucalyptus diversicolor) trees. To see more photos and information go to the post What do tree surgeons do on their day off?

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