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Guest blog: The booming call of ground hornbills. What are they saying?

Written by Kyle-Mark Middleton According to the Zulus, who call Ground Hornbills iSingizi, this is what they say when they call. First the female calls: “Ngiyemuka,ngiyemuka ngiya kwabethu.” (I am going away, going away to my people) To which the…

The Timbavati Museum, A Source of Wonder For Nearly 40,000 Underprivileged Kids

One of the best kept secrets in the Lowveld is the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve’s museum aptly called the Graeme Naylor museum – after the man who has almost singlehandedly populated the displays in this amazing facility. Located at the…

Guest Blog: The “Future” of Conservation: The Future Rangers Program

Written by Matt Lindenberg As a boy, I grew up next to the world-famous Kruger National Park, South Africa. On weekends and during school trips, I visited the park, always in awe one of one of the largest conservation landscapes…

To celebrate the 64th Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Annual General Meeting, we proved local is ‘lekker’

On 6 July 2019, the months of organization and preparation for the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve (TPNR) 64th annual general meeting (AGM) finally paid off, as D-day had arrived. For this year’s AGM the Timbavati management team took on a new…

The spirit of Ubuntu is alive and well at the Timbavati Foundation; ask “Glad” at Nhlayiseko old-age home, she’ll tell you!

When qualified nursing sister ”Glad” (that’s what she likes to be called) made contact with the Timbavati Foundation she had quite a story to tell. She had taken her entire pension and built an old-age home. Not because she thought…

Guest blog: Instilling a conservation passion & awareness within the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere through the Environmental Monitor programme

Written by: Vusimuzi Job Tshabalala, K2C Cluster EM Project Manager Where it all started for Vusi When I was a young boy, every school holiday I would go to visit my grandfather on his farm where he looked after several…

A Week at Tanda Tula of Glorious Morning Light

Written by Luke Street The rest of the week at Tanda Tula proved worthy of following on from that glorious morning with a superb sighting of the Zebenine pride lazing about with the Mbiri males one evening. They stayed true…

With the Global outcry focused on the plight of rhinos, spare a thought for the tiny Pangolin

Pangolins or scaly anteaters are tiny creatures (with one exception, the giant African ground pangolin) that look like they came straight from the age of the dinosaurs. Thanks to an insatiable appetite in the Far East for their scales and…

Guest blog: Dodging bullets, mambas and lions; it’s all in a day’s work for Canine Ranger Akhal

By William Sonnenberg, TPNR Landowner & Member The African bush can throw all kinds of nasty things at you when you’re out on an anti – poaching patrol. But when you’re a highly trained canine ranger like Akhal you learn…