Delta Birding Safari at Xobega Island Camp

Many avid birders will tell you about their favourite places for bird watching, where to find certain species, what time of year to go to which destination, and the moments they’ve spotted ‘lifers’. Most birders will tell you that the Okavango Delta is one of the best locations for birding in Southern Africa. Botswana’s treasured…

Birdwatching in Botswana: Greater Painted Snipe

The greater painted snipe is a fascinating and unusual species of wader occurring in the marshy wetlands of Botswana and elsewhere. It is not a commonly seen bird, so when guests at Tuskers Bush Camp caught these two males wading and feeding in a pan in the privately owned concession east of the Moremi Game…

Birds of the Balule

In between the leopard and lion sightings currently thrilling Ezulwini guests in the fantastic Balule Nature Reserve, there’s been an impressive bull elephant visiting River Lodge, there was a caracal spotted in the darkness, masses of buffalo, hoards of vultures, and plenty of plains game. What we haven’t yet mentioned, is that the birdlife is blowing…

Bonkers About Birds

It’s true, we are cat-crazy. Lion photos make us drool, leopard sightings get the pulse racing, and cheetahs are enough to send us over the edge; but when all is quiet and the sun spreads its lava-like warmth over the silent bushveld, the first thing you hear is the chiming, twittering melody of birds announcing that…

Killer Birds: The Unlikely Birds of Prey

When you’re on the lookout for predators, it’s more than likely you are scanning the ground for twitching, black ears, or the swish of a spotted tail. Generally big cat characteristics. Squirrels go ballistic and impalas bark, alerting you to the presence of a hunter in the midst. Unless you are an avid bird watcher, it…

From Lizards to Lions and Everything in Between

The thing about Marakapula Reserve is that it pretty much has it all. On the doorstep of the Kruger National Park with exclusive guided tours or self-drive adventures on the menu; a luxury lodge with private riverfront views and creature comforts you can’t live without; and its own Big 5 property that is home to all sorts of wonderful members of the wild!…