We all love to see lions on safari. They are undoubtedly magnificent creatures and probably on the very top of the wish list for most of our safari guests. But it is only when you are in the wild and in their presence that you can fully appreciate their power. Magnificent doesn't come near to describing them.
Can you spot our safari guests.
Guided bush was are always popular and a great way to feel the African bush.
Safety is of-course the highest priority, but if you sit quietly, it's amazing what you'll see.
This inquisitive youngster was interested in our group, but as you can tell by the relaxed attitude of our two guides (safe on the termite mound), there was no need for concern. But what a wonderful moment and moreover memory to take home.
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One thing for sure is that there is a huge variety in nature. From the big to the small, we look for them all on safari. I think best described by a recent guest who sat back taking in all around her and said "there is beauty everywhere". That just about covers it, no more to say.
a wildlife conservation based Safari Company it would be less than candid, if
we were to avoid mentioning some of the conservation issues that African
wildlife faces. There are of-course many issues with poaching high on the list,
but one that I think worthy of further mention is canned lion hunting.
hunting’ is the somewhat controversial practice of holding a captive bred lion
in a fenced enclosure to be shot by international hunters, who subsequently
export the skin/carcass as a trophy.
is estimated that 6,000 lions are held in the canned lion hunting
the conservation lobby, there are arguments for and against canned hunting. The
against is I suppose self evident (breeding captive animals to be shot for the
self gratification of so called hunters), while those for make the case that at
least those hunters leave wild lions alone.
your view, an element of worthwhile note is that the source for canned hunting
stock is often petting zoos, and or unethical rehabilitation establishments.
Where money is made from tourists who enjoy holding a cute lion cub and return
home proudly showing off their photographs. What they don’t know is that it is
likely that the cute cub in their photograph will eventually be killed in a
canned hunt. It is simply too dangerous for tourists to continue to pet them
once they grow beyond infancy and they are too expensive to keep around for
15-23 years, and more stock of cubs are needed for the petting zoo, so once
they grow they are moved on to canned hunting establishments.
I figure you might guess our safaris do not visit such establishments, nor
have any association with them, indeed we actively support initiatives to
outlaw canned hunting.
Waiting for the final day
4 years ago hunters killed an average of 400 captive bred lions, in 2013 an
alarming 1,200 lions were killed in legal and illegal hunts. An increase of
200% in just four years!
prices paid for male lions are much higher than that of a lioness. Hunting
prices range from about £2,000 - £45,000 for a full maned white lion. In South
Africa a number breeding projects still exist with some of them holding as many
as 400 lions in a single breeding project.
Even those who aren't keen birders would struggle not to be enthralled by the vast variety of bird species we see on safari. In fact we often find that our guests become more and more 'into' birds as their safari progresses.
Waiting for breakfast
Of-course the raptors and vultures always make for popular sightings, but with an annual count of over 400 species there is always something new to find. Some are migratory birds and others resident, with a whole different attitude as seen below.