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Imbali Safari Lodge

Second Day at Imbali Lodge. We woke up at the lodge to the sound of Baboons running across the roof of the chalet. Quietly opening the doors to the terrace we were in time to see the Baboons. They were jumping from the tree onto our terrace and then down into the dry ditch. One…


Panorama Route to Imbali

Panorama Route Today we left Karongwe and travelled along the Panorama Route through the Drakensberg mountains to Imbali Lodge in Kruger National Park. On route we stopped and walked to see the Three Roundavels. One of the major icons of the Mpumalanga Province. These were three hut shaped rocks towering above the Blyde River Canyon….


Karongwe – Day Two

The next morning the trail camera showed the civet had once again used the trail underneath the tent platform. After coffee and biscuit we were off on another game drive in the Karongwe area. Groups of Impala, male and female Nyala, Wildebest and Zebra raised their heads as we drove past. Ground Hornbills who had spent…


Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has become home for many of South Africa’s abandoned or injured wildlife. Since its inception the centre have managed to release over 200 animals back into the wild.  Many however are not able to be released as they are too injured or habituated to humans. Although they have a breeding…


Mapungubwe.

After a long but interesting drive to the Limpopo area, we arrived at Mopane Lodge, in Mapungubwe NP. This would be our home for the next three nights. Mapungubwe National Park borders South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is open savannah on the confluence of the Shashe and the famous Limpopo river. The terrain of…


Keoladeo National Park

Having spent the last ten days in fairly remote locations, Bharatpur also know as Keoladeo National Park wasn’t quite what we were expecting. We knew that the wetland sanctuary had been created some 250 years ago, initially as a hunting ground for the maharajahs of Bharatpur. There were duck shoots  organised yearly in honor of…


Parrot Crossbills in Thetford Forest

Last week I heard Steven Fry liken some aspects of the internet to a modern day Pandora’s box, containing many of the evils of the world. However, it does have some great benefits. One being if some interesting wildlife appears in your local area the word soon gets out. This was the case last week…


Bandhavgarh and The Buffer Zone

If I have one criticism of our time in Bandhavgarh, it is that often the search for Tigers was almost exclusive. This on some occasions prevented us from seeing the bigger picture of what made the reserve so interesting. I understand fully why this happens and this is purely a personal view.      …


Day four. – Drive number 6 “Tigers, – no pressure”

We’d visited some of the tiger reserves in India before, but in March / April. In October it is very different. Most noticeable its much greener and more water is flowing in the rivers. This makes searching and photographing wildlife, especially Tigers, a real challenge. Also photographic safaris in Indian are very different to those…


First stop – Bandhavgarh National Park

After an over night flight from Heathrow to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi we were greeted by our guide Aditya Panda (Eddie). We then met up with the other five members of the group (Wendy & Mark, Roy, Dave and Tim) and boarded our mini bus for a brief visit to the Holiday Inn hotel….