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Tigers and Sloth Bear in Satpura

We left the lodge at 3.00 p.m and headed for the river travelling through the villages. hoping for more sightings of Sloth Bear in the park. It was harvest time and although some of the crops were being harvested by machines. Many of the fields were being worked by hand. Long lines of mostly women harvested…


Twilight in Satpura’s west buffer zone

We left the lodge at 4.30 p.m. and drove  along the track onto the tarmac road and through the villages, to the entrance to the buffer zone.  Our naturalist and driver was Aly Rashid, the owner of  Reni Pani Lodge and a member of the royal family of Bhopal. As we drove past Spotted deer,…


Satpura’s Western Buffer Zone

This morning the four jeeps, their passengers, guides and naturalists that made up the Bear group were on safari in Satpura’s Western Buffer Zone. After a slightly later wake up call at 5.30 a.m. we left at 6.00 a.m. in our jeep with Alf and Carol. The track led through villages full of cows, goats…


Safari to Churna camp

After our early morning wake up call at 5.00 a.m we set of by torchlight to the meeting point. Here we climbed aboard the lodge’s jeeps and drove by the light of the full moon down to the river Tawa. As dawn was breaking we walked across the floating bridge to the National Park’s jeeps…


Reni Pani Jungle Lodge

After breakfast we left our hotel for our three to four hour journey to Satpura National Park and the Reni Pani Jungle Lodge. Today, 21st March is the festival of Holi in India. It celebrates both the arrival of Spring and the death of the demoness Holika. So it celebrates the triumph of good over…


Sculthorpe Moor reserve never fails to impress

A visit to the Hawk and Owl Trust Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve in Norfolk never fails to impress. Living about half an hours drive from the reserve and a member of the Friends of Sculthorpe Moor we try to visit each month. Each changing season bringing a different look to the Moor and a new cast of wild…


Along the Transpantaneira Highway

Today we were returning to the Transpantaneria Highway in the hope of finding the one target species that had eluded us, the Giant Anteater. The morning was off to a good start as before breakfast a Crab Eating Fox paid a visit to the lodge to scavenge for scraps from the kitchen. As it’s name…


Jaguars Galore

After breakfast at 6.00 a.m. we were ready to leave for our morning boat safari, hoping for more Jaguars Fortunately our clothing and shoes had dried overnight. However, a downpour of rain prevented the departure and we left at 7.00 a.m. Under cloudy skies we headed out, it wasn’t  long before our first Jaguar encounter. On…


Brazil – Just Jaguars

The Journey  On the 29th October 2018 we set off on our Naturetrek, small group wildlife holiday to Brazil’s Pantanal, in search of jaguars. The journey from Norfolk to Heathrow always seems to take forever, but after parking in the long stay we were on our way. We were flying with Latin American Airlines, a…


Mapungubwe UNESCO World Heritage Site

The next morning it was another early start, back to Mapungubwe NP. This time to visit Jackal Hill a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here in the 9th century Iron Age, the first known Bantu settlement was established in South Africa. Over time Mapungubwe  developed into the largest kingdom in the sub continent before it was…