natal safari

We enjoyed exploring Kwa-Zulu Natal earlier this year - and were lucky enough to share it with both old and new friends. We started our journey with time in Tembe Elephant Park in the north east of the country - it is the ancestral home of the Tembe tribe who own and co-manage both the park and the charming rustic camp. We were well looked after by the whole warm and hospitable team - particularly our guides Patrick and Vezi.

And there is no better place to start than with the elephants...

elephant elephant

elephant elephant elephant

elephant elephant elephant

And lions...

lion

lion lion

lion lion lion

Giraffe ballet.
giraffe

Birds, flowers and trees.

Tinkerbarbet Hornbill
Red-fronted Tinkerbird
Crowned Hornbill

monkey orange ochna scotia orchid toad tree
Monkey Orange
Sand Plane
Weeping Boerbean
Leopard Orchid
Toad Tree

tembe dawn Tembe Dawn Chorus
Really thrilled with this beautiful (and busy) dawn chorus recorded in a patch of woodland close to the camp. The main players are a Red-eyed Dove calling from the treetops with a lion roaring in the background. Then Dark-capped Bulbuls give their melodious calls and a Black-headed Oriole calls once just before the end of the lion roar. Emerald-spotted Wood Doves start their mournful song and the distinctive “pwow” call of a Samango Monkey is given twice. A little later a Brubru gives its high-pitched trill as more and more wood doves join in on the chorus. Towards the end a Crested Guineafowl gives its cackling call and a pair of Southern Boubous complete the recording with a musical duet. This is just a short 1.30 minute sample of the greater soundscape.
Listen HERE

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We then travelled onto Makakatana Bay in iSimangaliso Wetland Park where we were very well fed by the lovely Nadia; and entertained by our incomparable guides - Jaco and Jan. An overriding memory is how incredibly aromatic the area was - even if this was from the invasive Curry Bush and nearby Eucalypts Plantation!

waterbuck
Waterbuck

wildebeest zebra
Wildebeest
Zebra

hippo
Hippo

kudu reedbuck
Kudu
Common Reedbuck

buffalo
Buffalo

twinspot robin forest weaver
Green Twinspot
Red-capped Robin-chat
Dark-backed Weaver

lichen weaver ants
Lichen
The extraordinary Weaver Ants

blue flower fireball
Jan's Blue Flower
Fireball Lily

food
The reason for our expanded waistlines!

the sea
And finally - the sea!
kuyimba trading