Monday, 30 December 2013

Baby Boom

Spring is definitely in the air here, wildebeest calves can be seen playing in all the reserves, zebra foals are causing all sorts of mischief, and the impala have finally dropped their lambs.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Cool to see cheetah

Always very cool to see Cheetah. As with this lady who we often see, she's enjoying the last of the afternoon sun, hoping to kill before the light goes.
Written by Carol

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Great position

Elephants are always a favourite to see on safari. Of-course we have to be very respectful of these giants, but with the right approach, we can normally get you into some great positions.
Written by Carol

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Stay close to water

As seen on safari, the rhino are unmoved when a herd of buffalo walk around them. Both species were keen to stay close to the nearby waterhole on a very hot day.
Written by Carol

Sunday, 22 December 2013

No need fro modern kitchen

kitchen/diner in the bush
One of the real treats about being on safari is the quality for the food. When we cook on the braai (open fire), you'll be able to join the cooks if you wish and see how the experts do it. There is a knack to cooking on an open fire, but once we show you the basics, you'll be able to cook just about anything, without the need for a modern kitchen.

Written by Carol

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Weakening Rand is good news for visitors.

The weakening Rand is great news for our safari guests, as it means that we don't have to raise our South African Safari prices again for 2014. Not only that, but dependant on the currency exchange markets (which normally fluctuate through the year) we are often able to offer you even better deals for direct bookings, than those we publish.
Right now, we have some great deals available, so please get in touch.
Written by Jennie

Saturday, 14 December 2013

We'll be there to meet you. It's all part of the service.

Our promise is to meet your flight at Johannesburg airport whatever time you arrive. This allows you the flexibility to choose the most convenient route and best price.
Of-course we could provide flights, but to be very honest you can most probably find at least as good if not better flight deals by using the one of the online flight agents.
I prefer to use either Expedia or Opodo. Both offer a myriad of flights to Johannesburg. But once I've chosen a good deal (and for my own peace of mind), I always cross check directly with the airlines website to make sure they aren't offering an even better deal, which is rarely the case, but makes me feel confident in booking through an online flight agent.
In terms of route, it is your choice, but my advice is that if possible choose a route that gets you to Johannesburg in the early morning. Many of the airline flights arrive in Johannesburg between 07:00 - 10:00, which gives us chance to transfer to Black Leopard Camp in time to rest and relax before enjoying an afternoon game drive.
Having said that we'll be there to meet you regardless of your arrival time. It's all part of the service.

Written by Will Fox

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

For your eyes only

We've recently extended our leopard research program, into the Balule Reserve, which we also visit on safari. We've developed a great relationship with the lodge mangers Adrian and Kim, who not only manage their amazing bush lodge to the highest standard, but they've also become good friends and always very popular with our safari guests.
Our head guide Becky Freeman will be managing this new research program for us, but moreover she'll be able to provide the reserve managers with data on a variety of species. Including Rhino. 
Balule is open to the Kruger Park and has a healthy population of Rhino, both Black and White, as seen on game drives. But what most visitors don't see is the huge security operation that the reserve runs to protect its Rhinos.
I can't go into that, nor will Becky be able to publish any of her Rhino related data (essentially camera tap pictures). Sadly, those camera trap pictures are taken from set locations and could tip off poachers as to the Rhino location, so must remain confidential. 
However that doesn't mean that the Rhino we find on game drives are off limits. Quite the opposite. As ever we'll do our best to find them for you, so that you can enjoy experiencing and photographing these almost prehistoric giants. 
We've been very fortunate to see both species of Rhino regularly at Balule, and long may that continue.
Written by Will Fox
OTS Manager.

Monday, 2 December 2013

The Mighty Termite

The best known animals in Africa are probably the “Big 5”, a term coined by hunters for the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot. They are lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. We don’t just go looking for the “Big 5”, we want to see the Big 5000! There are so many more species out there than just those 5. One of the smallest you are likely to see on safari are also possibly one of the most fascinating, the Termite. These cool little critters are often overlooked because they are an insect, but what other animal has such a complex social system, that works so perfectly? They make their homes a nice consistent temperature by opening and closing various air ducts so the temperature never changes in the mound by more than 3 degrees! Much better than any heating system I have ever known that’s for sure! They defend their homes with anything it takes, even their lives if they must. Next time you see a termite mound, stop and take a good look, you never know what you might see happening.
Written by OTS Guide Becky Freeman