Rolling with the Pretty Birds at Thornybush Collection – Lilac Breasted Roller

The lilac breasted roller is one of the icons of a South African safari and one of the most beautiful bushveld bird species. You're bound to hear them around camp, and almost certain to spot a few during your daily game drives at one of Thornybush Collections luxurious lodges. What's in a Name? Coracias Caudatus is one of those specimens where the ...

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In his Father's Footsteps – Monwana's Roland Mann

Roland Mann was born and bred for a life in the bush. As the son of a game ranger, he has been exposed to this lifestyle from his earliest days, and it shows in his work. Roland's instinctive knowledge of animal behaviour makes him one of Thornybush's most popular rangers and he currently spreads his time between both Monwana and Serondella Lodges ...

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Army Ants on the March

Many have experienced the foraging efforts of ants while out on a picnic and even at home, if not there's a chance you will during your South African safari. Ants have an uncanny knack of finding the smallest crumb and mysteriously summoning their entire colony to the feast. They do this by means of pheromones. As soon as one ant spots a likely mea...

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African Wild Dog vs Domestic Dog – What's the Difference?

If you are very, very, lucky and accompanied by an experienced game ranger and tracker, you might come across a pack of Lycaon pictus during your South African safari. Otherwise known as painted wolves, Cape hunting dogs and African wild dogs, these canids are none of the above. Neither are they related to hyenas, although they were initially class...

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Keeping up with the Waterside field guides- Enock Themba

One of the highlights of any South African safari is taking a guided game drive with an experienced field guide to fill you in on the ways of the wild. This is just one of the exceptional experiences you'll get to enjoy at Waterside Lodge , under the auspices of experienced field guide Enock Themba. Enock Themba was born and raised in the Mpumalang...

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Celebration Baby Marrow Ribbon Salad with Cheese and Onion Focaccia Bread

Every day spent on a South African safari with Thornybush Collection is a celebration, but this dish lends itself best to summer soirees and sunset drinks. It's all part of the package when you visit Waterside Lodge . Celebration Baby Marrow Ribbon Salad Ingredients 45ml Olive oil 30ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice 5ml Fresh lemon zest 10ml Dried or...

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