Satara Summer 2021 – 01 January 2022 — de Wets Wild

Happy New Year, Everyone! Today we had “lion fever” here at Satara – our paths crossed with those of four different groups of lions! The absolute highlight was getting to spend some time, up close and personal, with Satara’s famed white lion male. If today was an omen of things to come in 2022 it […]

Satara Summer 2021 – 01 January 2022 — de Wets Wild

Satara Summer 2021 – African Wild Dogs — de Wets Wild

We were still very fresh into our latest visit to the Satara area of the Kruger National Park when, on the 14th December, we came across a pack of seven African Wild Dogs, or Painted Wolves, near the Nsemani Dam on the H7 road leading to Orpen. To find such rare animals so early into […]

Satara Summer 2021 – African Wild Dogs — de Wets Wild

Why the South African High Court ruling against Shell’s oil exploration plans is a victory for local communities and the environment — EUSA LEIDEN

Article by Alexandra Reinhild Berndt Shell was prohibited from starting seismic surveys along the South African Wild Coast thanks to a South African High Court decision in the Eastern Cape Town of Makhanda on December 25 (BBC, 2021). Seismic tests are part of Shell’s oil exploration in the Wild Coast area. During the procedure, shockwaves […]

Why the South African High Court ruling against Shell’s oil exploration plans is a victory for local communities and the environment — EUSA LEIDEN

Waters in the Okavango Delta — Jet Eliot

The Okavango Delta is an inland delta in southern Africa, with waters formed by seasonal flooding. When the water is here, wildlife abound. More info: Okavango Delta Wikipedia. Hippos and Elephants, Botswana The Delta is flat and vast, covering 5,800 square miles (15,000 sq. km.); on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. We visited this […]

Waters in the Okavango Delta — Jet Eliot

Satara Summer 2021 – Bateleur Lunch — de Wets Wild

Bateleurs are beautiful eagles, and always attract attention from visitors to our Kruger National Park, one of their few remaining strongholds in South Africa. Being able to watch this one gulp down a Natal Spurfowl – feathers and all – that it had killed next to the road leading to Nwanetsi from Satara is another […]

Satara Summer 2021 – Bateleur Lunch — de Wets Wild

Satara Summer 2021 – Vervets versus Dikkoppe — de Wets Wild

Mazithi Dam is a man-made watering hole 10km north of Tshokwane Picnic Site in the Kruger National Park. It is a magnet for wildlife and there is always something of interest to see there. When we arrived at Mazithi around 2pm on the 19th of December, a troop of Vervet Monkeys had just raided the […]

Satara Summer 2021 – Vervets versus Dikkoppe — de Wets Wild

Olive Grass Snake — de Wets Wild

Psammophis mossambicus A common inhabitant of moist savannas and grasslands, often found in marshy areas, the Olive Grass Snake is distributed from Uganda and the Republic of Congo southwards to the northeastern provinces of South Africa (Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kwazulu-Natal). These snakes are diurnal, strongly built, very fast, and great climbers. They prey mainly on […]

Olive Grass Snake — de Wets Wild

Osprey — de Wets Wild

Pandion haliaetus The Osprey occurs throughout the world, on every continent except Antarctica. In South Africa Ospreys are rare, and any sightings we have of them are always a thrilling surprise whenever and wherever we’re lucky to find them. Feeding almost exclusively on fish snatched from the water, Ospreys are found in close association with […]

Osprey — de Wets Wild

Blue Pansy Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Junonia oenone The outer (under) side of the Blue Pansy’s wings blends in so beautifully with its surroundings that when this butterfly opens its wings and flashes the bright blue, red and white markings on a black background on the inside (topside) of its 5cm wingspan, it often comes as quite a surprise, especially if […]

Blue Pansy Butterfly — de Wets Wild

Long-crested Eagle — de Wets Wild

Lophaetus occipitalis The Long-created Eagle is easy to identify thanks to the couple of extended feathers on its head that is so conspicuous when it sits prominently on an exposed tree top or utility pole along the road. They’re medium-sized raptors, weighing up to 1.5kg and measuring around 55cm in length – females are heavier […]

Long-crested Eagle — de Wets Wild