At Kruger this past weekend, we came across the deadliest snake in Africa: the puff adder. Most people think of the black mamba first when they think of deadly snakes, and with good reason, but the puff adder causes the most deaths.
A small elephant calf tries to scare off a group of tourists on safari. via Is this the cutest elephant attack video ever?.
Recently, I read an article on South Africa’s News24 about the latest hypothesis on why Zebras have stripes. Long story short, apparently “blood-feeding flies shun stripey surfaces and prefer instead to land on uniform colours.” I don’t know when this latest science will be replaced by another, but in the meantime I’ll be the strange-looking … More Parasitic Fly Problem? Dress Like a Zebra!
Congratulations to Michelle for her winning caption of last week’s Soggy Lion Photo Caption Contest: Please email me with your information to send your new lion bookmark from Kruger! Love, Marla
Today’s post is a guide for my husband. Knowing how I love birdwatching and the pretty calls of a little bird called a bulbul, he sometimes asks how my day was, followed by “And were there any boerboels on the feeder today, dear?” Boerboel: Bulbul: Part of the difficulty in remembering the names is that … More Help! There’s a Boerboel on my Bird Feeder!
I found a Fifty Rand bill. After asking around if anyone nearby had lost money (amazingly, everyone had, but somehow they had all lost hundreds of rands, not simply a fifty) I decided to give it to one of my readers. I don’t normally give away money, but in this case I think “found money” … More Caption This Photo and Win Fifty Rand
Hello readers! My March column is now online over at Expat Focus, and I hope so much that you will take a moment to go read it. Kurt says he gives it two flippers up. Please click the link below to read it, then return for some photos: Stony Point Penguin Colony in South Africa … More March of the Penguins…Column
The sighting, September of last year, was our second time seeing this vulnerable species in Kruger National Park. It was around sunset on our way back to our campsite at Pretoriuskop. This bird not only looks strange, but apparently has some breeding habits that make it very slow to reproduce. According to wikitardia, Southern Ground … More Southern Ground Hornbill in The Kruger
Between the Boulder’s Beach parking lot and the Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony is a beautiful boardwalk named Willis Walk. Before reaching the official SANParks Boulders Visitor Center and penguin viewing area, visitors can sneak peaks at many penguins nesting and nestled under the shrubs along the walk, where caretakers have made plenty of nesting sites … More Willis Walk Bridle Path in Simon’s Town
Okay, so nobody said anything about elephants, which is good because although I haven’t seen a live elephant in at least a week, I have been hooked on a herd of elephants from the book The Elephant Whisperer, by the late author, Lawrence Anthony. And I refuse to give up either the book or the … More I’m Not Giving up Elephants for Lent!