This Weekend: Celebrities Meet the Black Mambas APU

Sun Destinations, in association with WildAid and Ezulwini River Lodge, have organised an opportunity for local celebrities to meet the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit on their home turf in the Balule Nature Reserve. Celebrities have a huge following and the Black Mambas need plenty of publicity in order to continue their successful plight in saving our rhinos. Since the Black…

This April – When Hyenas Make a Fool of Super Predators…

The hyena is not the best looking animal but it’s certainly one of Africa’s most successful scavengers and ruthless carnivores. These stout morphologically dog-like creatures are the most misunderstood species in the safari world.  Notorious for being cowardly, cunning thieves and unrepentant killers; it’s no surprise that they have a bad reputation. Hyenas are actually highly social, intelligent and…

Van Wijk’s Leopardess: Princess of Ezulwini

The Van Wijk’s leopardess is a small, yet powerful cat often spotted on Ezulwini’s traverse. She loves nothing more than to be in the limelight and never misses an opportunity to have her photo taken. Alongside Chavaluthu, the blue-eyed boy of the Balule, she’s one of the most commonly spotted leopards while out on game…

How the Big Cats of the Balule Take Down Prey

Just recently we’ve seen our fair share of big cats in the Balule. There’ve been cheetah sightings outside of Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge, sightings of leopards mating and lions doing what they do best – nothing! Let’s look at how the various big cats seen in the Balule take down their prey. How Lions Kill Their…

A Cheetah in Front of Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge

It’s a rare privilege to spot a lone and elusive cheetah while out on game drive. Cheetahs are delicate, slender cats that differ somewhat from other brutish feline species. They’re the sprinters of the wildlife kingdom and are often mistaken for leopards due to their similar rosette patterned coat. These solitary cats can reach speeds…

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Balule Nature Reserve

The Balule Nature Reserve is one of the Greater Kruger’s hidden gems. Untouched by commercialism and sharing unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park ; the Balule certainly deserves a place in the crème de la crème  of safari guides. The Balule is home to the big five. The Olifants River courses through the reserve, which creates…