Category Archives: Africa

Epic battle: honey badger and python

A while back, I spent some time at Singita Lebombo, a lodge in a private area of Kruger National Park near the Mozambican border. After an early morning watching cheetah clubs playing, we headed back to camp. It was about 9:30 and the light was flattening out – the start of a long, slow, hot November day. As our vehicle rounded a corner, tracker Glass Marimane called out, “Honey badger!” We slammed to a halt and pulled out binoculars, spotting a large male honey badger digging at the foot of a tree. (I flunk botany every time I go to Africa, which is now a lot of times, so I can’t tell you what sort of tree – a leadwood, maybe?) As I pulled out my camera, my guide, Chantelle Venter, got even more excited. “Look,” she whispered, “a python!”  The digging badger had flushed a large rock python out into the open. Here is what then transpired:

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Catching lions

Through a loudspeaker hung near the decaying carcass of a poached elephant, we broadcast the bawls of a distressed buffalo. The calls ended in quiet. We scanned the bush with a red spotlight, less visible to cats than white light. Continue reading »

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Riding in lion country

My husband worries when I leave for a horse safari in Africa. “You’re like the pickle on top of a hamburger,” he frets, knowing from past excursions that encounters on horseback with lions are not unlikely. Others hold this opinion Continue reading »

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Does elephant compassion deserve our own?

Trunks aloft, ears aflap, the younger elephants were panicking. They trumpeted and paced in circles, eyes focused on a water trough where the littlest elephant, a year-old baby, had toppled in. The calf might easily have navigated Continue reading »

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