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Spirit of South Africa

Spirit of South Africa

If people were to have told me that I would be enjoying South Africa this much I would have told them that they were wrong. However, it turns out I am wrong. Against a mountainous back drop, Karongwe Game Reserve is what many people would class as paradise. Stunning...

With the rains come new life

With the rains come new life

Over the past 6 weeks Karongwe has been blessed with well over 150mm of rain. This includes having 77mm dumped in the past 5 days. With the rain brings new life, in plants and animals. A lot of the antelope species in the area try to time their pregnancy for when the...

The Little Things..

The Little Things..

So when you tell people you’re going to South Africa, the first things they think of are the Big Five: Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and of course the king of the jungle; the Lion. You ask a guide what their guests want to see and naturally the Big Five is the...

What I will miss at Karongwe

What I will miss at Karongwe

Hadeda Ibis screaming through every Sundown Sky Hyenas howling their ‘whoop whoop’ at night Zebras turning to gaze their majestic stare down Duikers and Guinea fowl always running away Sophie mimics them every other day That night when the sky was clear And the moon...

The Birds Are Back!

Over the past few weeks, we at GVI Karongwe have been noticing the appearance of some of the migratory birds arriving back, after trips to Europe and other parts of Africa. Species such as the Wahlberg's Eagle, Woodland Kingfisher and Red Chested Cuckoo have been...

What A View….

What A View….

Afternoon Drives leave at 3pm, everyone clambers onto the vehicles set and ready to catch a glimpse of the animals on the reserve.  One drive is on game transect and the other is on general monitoring, the game transect drive is up in the northern part of the reserve...

The best job in the world!

The best job in the world!

A new day begins at Karongwe Private Game Reserve. We head towards the northern part of the reserve. It takes us over two hours to track the lions using telemetry. I will never forget the moment those amber eyes started walking towards me. My heart stops as she stares...

Not another day at the office

Not another day at the office

Not another day at the office   I came to South Africa with an open mind and an adventurous spirit, without much of a clue about what was in store when it came to the lifestyle, the people and most importantly the animal encounters. Safe to say it took a mere 24 hours...