Author: Jane

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The Fishermen of Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi, as the name implies, is an enormous freshwater lake in the African country of Malawi. This impressive body of water stretches across two other countries – Mozambique and Tanzania.  With the longest...

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Knysna Rises with Turacos

The history of Knysna will forever be defined by the Great Knysna Fire that engulfed our area of the Garden Route on the 7th of June 2017 and in the days that followed.  The...

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Some days are diamonds

Have you ever had one of those days when just about everything goes wrong?  I’m sure you have.  How about one when absolutely everything goes right?  We recently had a diamond day in Kruger...

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Mammal Guide of Southern Africa

Over the years many people and institutions have shown a keen interest in our website, particularly in the photos that we’ve included with our blogs.  We’ve had requests from all over the world for...

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The Wild Cats of Tenikwa

There are a number of nocturnal animals in South Africa that are very difficult to see in the wild.  Unless you live on a farm or are willing to pay exorbitant prices to take...

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An Obliging Cuckoo

Birds are difficult to photograph.  They are, with a few exceptions, small and nervous, and they move quickly.  They fly.  They hide in thickets.  They can disappear in a flash.  Just sitting still they...

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Tour Guides – A Curse in the Parks?

I often think that the blogs I’ve written for Wilkinsonsworld make me sound a bit like Pollyanna – always enthusing about the fabulous times that we’ve had and the wonderful birds and animals we’ve...

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Meet Stoffel Two – Honey Badger in KNP

We have recently returned from our annual visit to South Africa’s flagship game reserve, the Kruger National Park.  What an incredible experience awaits those who visit the park for the first time – and...

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Hitting the bottle

Rob and I have been feeding birds in our garden for years – a pastime that has given us both so much pleasure and the opportunity to observe the local avian communities closely.  In...

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Quilting – For the love of cats

My latest quilting project was a labour of love from day one.  I decided to make a throw for my son and daughter-in-law, who, like me, are both cat mad.  My obvious choice was...

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Birding in Tankwa Karoo National Park

Last week I blogged about our camping trip to the Tankwa Karoo National Park.  As I said, we were blown away by the beautiful scenery, but that isn’t the only charm of this tiny...

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Time Out in Tankwa

You know when you pass a sign that reads “Absolutely Nothing From Here” that you’re heading into a remote area.  Rob and I had a chuckle when we saw that, but instead of putting...

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Inquisitive Burchell’s Coucal

When Rob and I were in the Kruger National Park earlier this year we came across a number of  Burchell’s Coucals.  It was the rainy season and there were more about than usual.  The...