Real Safari

Steven Lang
Thoughts on preparing for a wildlife experience in South Africa
Created 21 Apr 2021
  • What about hyenas?
    31 Dec 2021 • 5 min read
    You can’t really say that hyenas are concerned about their appearances. This rather rotund specimen cools off in a puddle on the road. Photo: Steven Lang I like hyenas. I make an extra effort to see t...
  • Wildlife in action
    21 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 2 1
    Battling red hartebeest lock horns. Photo: Steven Lang Like most other people who enjoy game viewing, I always lookout for wildlife in action. The appeal of a sighting depends on what the animals are ...
  • Maryland zebras no longer on the loose
    15 Dec 2021 • 1 min read
    This screen grab of NBC footage shows the five zebras referred to in initial reports. They escaped from Jerry Lee Holly’s farm in late August. Photo: NBC4 Washington The last two zebras of the small h...
  • Buffalo, the bad and the beautiful
    14 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 2 3
    Two Cape buffalo fight it out narrowly missing each others’ eyes. Photo: Steven Lang. The Cape buffalo is a card-carrying member of the ‘Big Five’. You’ve seen one . . . so tick it off your list. What...
  • Rhino slaughter
    11 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 0 1
    Four rhinos were found massacred (one a pregnant female) on Wednesday night, 8 December 2021, at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve, just outside of Cape Town. Photo: Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve Poac...
  • Storm lashes Addo Elephant Park
    09 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Railway trucks derailed when the storm on December 5 undermined the railway line that runs north of the main section of the Addo Elephant Park. It rained hard enough on Sunday to flatten long sections...
  • Field Ranger celebrations in the Eastern Cape and
    03 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    This week’s Real Safari Newsletter has two separate but related stories about significant events linked to game ranger training. Both of these events took place in the last week. My colleague, Sue Mac...
  • Avian photography
    25 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 0 2
    Real Safari Newsletter features for the first time ever, wildlife from our garden - a hoopoe with its prize insect. This bird is found over large parts of Africa, Europe and Asia which shows that it i...
  • Surrounded by elephants
    16 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    These two elephants came right up to our car at Gwarrie Pan in the Addo Elephant Park. And yes, of course I was nervous. Photo: Steven Lang Ilza and I stopped in a small parking area next to the Gwarr...
  • Is that a genet on my couch?
    12 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Mark Marshall took this small spotted genet back to the Maitlands Reserve in Port Elizabeth. Photo: Supplied A Port Elizabeth couple, Leandie and Aidan Bonny, returned home from church one day last we...
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