Kruger national park 2016 drought

The year of 2016 brought one of the strongest droughts to Kruger National park. During the dry months vegetation has shrunk to greyish-yellow sticks. There used to be additional man-made waterholes for the animals: large barrels with water for elephants and smaller artificial ponds for other animals, but the current position of the Kruger park…

Cango caves

The Cango Caves are located in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The caves were discovered in 1780 by a local farmer. The chamber he first was lowered down into (Van Zyl Hall, which is as long as a football field), is named in his honor. Further exploration was done and a second chamber…

The Big five game

The big five animals are the African bush elephant, African lion, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros. The term “big five game” originally refers to five animals that we the most dangerous to hunt on foot. Currently the term is used for marketing purposes. Why are these animals the most difficult to hunt? The African…

Cape buffalo

The African buffalo or Cape buffalo is a large African bovine. A characteristic feature of the horns of adult male African buffalo is fusion of their bases, forming a continuous bone shield referred to as a “boss”. From the base, the horns diverge downwards, then smoothly curve upwards and outwards. In large bulls, the distance…

African lion

Lions are the second largest living cats after tigers. Lions are the most socially inclined of all wild felids, most of which remain quite solitary in nature. The lion is a predatory carnivore with two types of social organization. Some lions are residents, living in prides – groups of related lionesses, their mates, and offspring….

Burchell’s zebra

The plains zebra, also known as the common zebra or Burchell’s zebra, is the most common and geographically widespread species of zebra. Like all zebras, they are boldly striped in black and white, and no two individuals look exactly alike. Individual zebras can apparently recognise each other by their striping patterns. The stripes may also…

African bush elephant

The African bush elephant is the largest and heaviest land animal on earth, being up to 4 metres tall at the shoulder and 10 tonnes in weight.   The African bush elephant is herbivorous. Over time, these molars are worn away, and new ones are grown to replace them as the elephant ages. Around the…