Buffalo Blockade – A Walking Safari

Buffalo Blockade – A Walking Safari

Last week, with a small trails group of just two guests, we decided to walk in the Luvuvhu floodplains. Littered with nutritious acacia trees and grasses, as well as several large pans, many animals find this area irresistible. It is always a great bet if you want to...
Into the hyena’s den

Into the hyena’s den

During my guide training course, I spent a month studying just across the border in Botswana; a place called Mashatu. This little-known area is as packed with awesome animals as it is beautiful. One day, we were given a break from our studies to spend time at the...
A day in a guide’s life

A day in a guide’s life

Pafuri is the northernmost part of the Kruger National Park and happens to be where I am finishing up my guiding internship. For a full-time guide, the average day here starts at 4.30am, in time to wake the guests thirty minutes later. Whilst the guests then get ready...
Leopard with cubs: An unforgettable drive

Leopard with cubs: An unforgettable drive

A couple of weeks ago I was called upon at the last minute to guide for a small group of 3 guests. Little did I know then I was about to embark on the drive of my life! Earlier that morning one of the other guides had spotted a leopard with cubs on a kill in an area...
On the trail of elephants

On the trail of elephants

The single thing I have been most anticipating about my internship with Return Africa is Trails season. From April to October each year, the two tented trails camps open for business, offering back-to-basics bush living and twice-daily guided walks across the...