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Robin Hood of Ravenscourt

Close to the Western boundary of the Singita Sabi Sand private game reserve is Harry’s Pan, a shallow, glassy lake fringed with reeds. It is on a portion of land purchased from the Lewis family in 1992 and features an unusual landmark – a rusting old car atop a termite hill overlooking the lake. Former…

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First Sighting of the Hlabankunzi Leopard Cubs

Last week was a very special one for visitors to Singita Sabi Sand, as the brand new Hlabankunzi leopard cubs made their public debut! The female has moved into the territory of the Ravenscourt female, who was killed roughly a year ago, and now patrols a prize piece of Singita’s 45,000 acre concession. Briefly before…

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A Love for Leopards

As with many South Africans, I grew up visiting game reserves fairly regularly, and going on camping trips in remote locations with my family during school holidays. I completely took for granted that, at a fairly young age, I had seen such incredible creatures as lions and elephants at close proximity, and in their natural…

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A Tribute to the Ravenscourt Female: December 2001 – June 2013

It is with great sadness that I write this tribute to the Ravenscourt female leopard, as, for me, she is and always will be synonymous with Singita Sabi Sand. My primary motivation for wanting to become a field guide in the Sabi Sand was to gain an insight into the traditionally secretive and private lives…

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Farewell Lady Ravenscourt

We were heartbroken this week when one of the most beautiful and best-loved members of our leopard family was killed in a battle to protect her young by a rogue male leopard. The Ravenscourt female was a familiar sight for visitors to Singita Sabi Sand, many of whom remember her fondly and have shared their…

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Maternal Instinct

Francois Fourie, Field Guide at Singita Sabi Sand, had the great fortune of spotting the female Ravenscourt leopard last week, while in action defending her young. The Sabi Sand Reserve is well known for frequent leopard sightings (as well as a general diversity of game), since the big cats are attracted to the camouflage afforded them…

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Singita Sabi Sand

After a lengthy period during which time no-one saw a cheetah in the Sabi Sand excitement was high this winter when a young male cheetah suddenly made an appearance, and provided some excellent viewing.  A beautiful specimen, estimated to be about three years old, this cheetah was first seen a little way to our east…

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Wildlife – the News in Pictures

Another spectacular few days of wildlife sightings at Singita Ebony and Boulders Lodges.  Follow the story in pictures provided by Field Guide, Dylan Brandt. Mapogo male lions following the Ximungwe pride of 4 youngsters and 4 females. The Marthly male leopard. A massive male leopard that controls a large portion, north of the Sand River. …

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Wildlife – the News in Pictures

A magnificent week of wildlife sightings at Singita Sabi Sand.  Dylan Brandt, Singita Field Guide, shares some of his close encounters from the past few days. Ravenscourt female leopard. Perfectly posed – the Ravenscourt female leopard. Relaxed state of mind – Mapogo male. Two of the Othawa pride females – in good company. For regular…

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Easter…Safari-Style

From the plains of the Serengeti to the rocky outcrops at Singita Pamushana, to the unique wildnerness settings of Singita Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand, Easter festivities were celebrated with a special touch of safari style.  New life abounds with the Ravenscourt female’s cubs at Singita Sabi Sand; the breathtaking new cheetah cubs and…

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