How to Find A Bird in Your Field Guide

Bird books are among the world's best-selling publications, and there are many different kinds available, but how do you know which one is right for you? Firstly, bird books are usually published with a certain area in mind and will clearly state this on the jacket, if not in the title of the book, like Robert's Birds of South Africa. If you are no...

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What's on the menu during your African safari?

Dining is an important part of African culture and a highlight of your all-inclusive safari at Thornybush Game Lodge. Three meals, teas, drinks and snacks, often with a local flavour, are provided daily during your stay and you will be amazed at what the ingenious chefs at your lodge can pull out of the hat in seemingly rustic conditions, no matter...

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Finding the Big Five

No matter how enchanting you find the smaller creatures, plants and birds while out in the bush, the inevitable "success" of any safari is often measured by the number of Big Five sightings you record. Elephant The largest member of the 'Big 5', the elephant, would logically seem like the easiest to find due to its sheer size. However, if you ever ...

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Know your baboons

Baboons and monkeys are common inhabitants of African nature reserves and by the time your safari is done you will have become accustomed to their presence. Although baboons are a type of monkey, they are different from monkeys in many ways: Baboons are classified as old-world monkeys, meaning that they are native to Africa, India and Southeast Asi...

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A Narrow Escape

The Northern Thornybush female leopard brought her cubs out to a kill for the first time the other day. The leopard had killed quite a large female impala earlier that morning and after following her tracks we found her and the two cubs very close up to the fresh carcase. This immediately became such a popular sighting as for many of the guides on ...

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