Safety with lions on safari – Written by: Onne Vegter

Misguided and hysterical reporting about the dangers of going on safari does incredible damage to tourism and, by extension, to wildlife conservation as so much of Africa’s conservation effort depends on income from tourism. African safaris have an excellent safety record and millions of people visit Africa every year to go on safari. As long as tourists obey the rules of the park they are visiting, it is absolutely safe to go on an open vehicle safari.

August Safari Journal2013


The weather:  August is the month on the cusp between our winter and spring, where the evenings are cool, chilly even and the days varying between warm, to almost hot even and other days with coolness borne on the southerly wind.                       Wildlife: The wildlife viewing has been of an excellent standard this month. Warmer afternoons …

Khotavuxika / June 2013 Safari Journal


Khotavuxika / June 2013The weather: The last of the rains has fallen and the leaves are starting to change to beautiful shades of orange and red and covering the ground below them. We have had the most glorious weather during June and we are still waiting for a really cold snap to arrive. Although there is …

[Photo] Lion: The King of the Jungle

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Today we were lucky enough to spot a beautiful male lion (Panthera leo) wandering around on his own.

He was limping and a bit nervous probably due to the vulnerability of his condition but still looked quite magnificent with his dark mane and piercing eyes.

Check out a few of the photos I managed to get from this encounter.


Male Lion (Panthera leo), the king of the jungle, wandering around the savannah


Male Lion (Panthera leo), the king of the jungle, wandering around the savannah


Male Lion (Panthera leo), the king of the jungle, wandering around the savannah


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May 2013 Safari Journal

Meercat leopard!!

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Hlabankunzi and cub

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