Walking Safari with Hyena & Vultures on Kill

The aim of a walking safari is to offer guests an alternative perspective on the bush – the animals’ domain. Every morning begins with analysing fresh tracks, seeing flowers open with the dawn sunlight, and discovering the evidence of the night. Often, the Africa on Foot guides track elephants, or buffalo, or lion and establish…

Hyenas feed on fallen giant, Shoshangane

Sad news broke in the Balule last week, when the lifeless body of big tusker, Shoshangane, was discovered. This collared elephant had been monitored for over a decade by the Save the Elephants foundation, contributing invaluable data towards studies on elephant movements in the Greater Kruger. His natural death was a shock, but it was…

Wild Dogs, Hyenas & Predator Action at nThambo

Yes, you read correctly. Wild dogs are right on our doorstep, yet again. Don’t think that tires us in any way – we could not be more privileged to have the best seats in the house for some of the most exceptional sightings of some of Africa’s most endangered predators! This morning topped it all…

Hyenas and Cubs Parade at Ezulwini

A little less handsome than lions, yet far more entertaining, are these cackling creatures of the bush: spotted hyena. Ezulwini Game Lodges encountered a clan of Crocuta crocuta on game drive in the Balule Nature Reserve – a bunch of adults plus their cute and fluffy cubs. Fondly known as the ‘laughing hyena’ and characterised as such in…

Spotted Hyena: Scavenger or Super Predator?

Naturally, one would lead towards ‘scavenger’ as a title for the spotted hyena, given their presence at almost every rotting kill site, and their ability to finish off the toughest skin and bone of a carcass. However, these notorious meat-eaters are in fact the most successful large carnivores in Africa, and can most certainly be classified as…