Limpopo and KZN
The GVI wildlife research internship has been an experience of a lifetime. I had always wanted to venture to Africa and see the incredible wildlife it is home to. I have just finished my Zoology/Ecology degree so I thought Africa would be the best place on earth to...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Over the past few weeks, we have had the odd downpour of rain. Unfortunately none of it has been substantial enough to keep the bush rejuvinated and green for very long. However even the smallest bit of rain does bring new life and recently we have been seeing more...
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...
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...
5:30am… strolling out of bed for another general monitoring drive. Our female Cheetah was last seen on the southern side of the reserve (close to GVI base) so we would go and try and find her first. The telemetry suggests that she is on the fence line. Driving along...
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...
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