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Oryx calves, by field guide Kallie Otimile

by Tswalu Kalahari on October 04, 2017 in News, Wildlife, 
On a recent drive, my guests and I decided to focus on creatures that are often overlooked. We spotted few herds of gemsbok (oryx) and my guests were surprised to see that a young gemsbok calf has a different coat to the adult. We noticed that the reddish… Continue reading

The lion and the pangolin, by field guide Kallie Otimile

by Tswalu Kalahari on September 23, 2017 in News, Wildlife, 
I stopped to check out some fresh lion tracks with my guests when I heard a crunching sound from behind the bush (usually when lions are feeding, you hear snarling, but this was different). I edged the vehicle to the bush, expecting to see the lion, but… Continue reading

Vultures, by field guide Kallie Otimile

by Tswalu Kalahari on September 20, 2017 in News, Wildlife, 
My day started by heading to the west of Tswalu, an area which has different habitat types to the rest of the reserve. It is characterised by a white soil (calcrete) and full of dense black thorn and three thorn thickets. We were searching for big herds… Continue reading

The elegant grasshopper, by field guide Francois Pienaar

by Tswalu Kalahari on September 17, 2017 in News, Wildlife, 
Despite their small size, insects play a massive role in the ecology. Insects pollinate flowers, help with dispersal of seeds and eat other bugsā€¦ just to name a few of their roles. They are the most abundant creatures on earth. Southern Africa has about… Continue reading

Cheetah: territorial boundaries, by field guide Kallie Otimile

by Tswalu Kalahari on September 14, 2017 in News, Wildlife, 
I was sharing information with my guests about animals that have territories and the benefits of having a territory. We were following a coalition of two male cheetah, who were walking and marking their territory as they went along. We wondered how big… Continue reading

Leopards at Tswalu, by field guide Kosie Lategan

by Tswalu Kalahari on September 01, 2017 in News, Wildlife, 
The Kalahari is well known for its cheetah, black rhino, and other elusive animals, but not always for its leopards! However, more recently here at Tswalu, the leopard viewing has been amazing. We are starting to recognise individuals as they flourish… Continue reading