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SAVE ITS YOUNG
Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa - Trying to save its young

After a long drive to the South of the park in an attempt, we managed to locate them crossing over the massive open plains.

CAMOUFLAGE EXPERT
Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa - Camouflage Expert

It is always nice to find the camouflage expert, locally know as the Flap Necked Chameleon. They are certainly one of our specialist reptiles.

MAGICAL SPOTS
Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa - Magical Spots

Cheetahs are beautiful creatures. They have stunning ‘tear drop’ facial markings, lean and graceful bodies with long, flat rudder-like tails.

SIGNS OF THE BUSH
Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa - The Strange Signs Of The Bush

When on a bush walk no one knows what you may get to encounter or experience. Bush walks are about getting yourself in tune with nature.

HONEY BADGER
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Amazingly, we had stumbled upon a Honey Badger – one of the toughest, meanest and most agile little creatures in the African bush (this is the Tasmanian Devil of Africa).

MYRIAM VOGELS BLOG
Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa - Myriam Vogels Blog

In 2008 we fell in love with Welgevonden Game Reserve and became the proud owners of Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa. We do not live in South Africa.

LIONS VS WARTHOGS
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Warthog

For the past two weeks there have been interesting sightings taking place in the Southern part of the reserve and it has been thrilling to take our Mhondoro guests there on game drives.

SIGHTINGS REPORT
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Safari Lodge

The past two weeks have been rather exciting and active in the reserve, with a number of sightings of Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant & Lion. The last few days have been particularly active.

SOUTHERN PRIDE LIONS
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Midweek is sometimes quiet at the lodge but I had a chance this week to take two guests out on two morning drives before they departed the lodge. The guests had requested to see Lions.

ELEPHANT AND GIRAFFE
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Last week we had some beautiful sightings of the elephants in the western part of the reserve called Andre’s Pan. We looked for them during the day time but they were nowhere to be seen.

LIONS SIGHTINGS REPORT
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So in the last week or so there have been a number of exciting things happening in the reserve, with many special sightings of rarely spotted animals like the Honey Badger.

ELEPHANT AT THE OFFICE
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Elephant at the Office

Living in the bush, you have no choice but to adapt, quickly, and become accustomed to challenges that are very different from what you would find in the City!

LION AT THE WATERHOLE
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Lion at the Waterhole

Many animals come to drink at our waterhole hide, as well as the saline pools at Mhondoro’s main lodge and Mhondoro Villa. On more rare occasions, leopard, cheetah, rhino and lion also visit.

A CURIOUS ELEPHANT
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Elephant Sighting

It was the first afternoon game drive for a family with children, and it seemed that the children’s main interest was to find … elephants! We set out looking for the giants, heading all the way up and down to the Sterkstroom valley.

A SPECIAL COFFEE STOP
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Coffee

Early one cold winter’s morning during our group’s last game drive out in the bush, we were looking for giraffes, when we suddenly heard there might be some in the area of Eddie Young Plains. So we decided to try our luck…

CHEETAH AND WARTHOG
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Cheetah

Sometimes the African bush will leave you utterly speechless… Recently a scene unfolded in-front of our lodge which kept all staff and guests totally flabbergasted. While our guests were enjoying…

THE ELEPHANT...
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Elephant

The elephant who dented the car without touching it! It was the end of another beautiful day in the bush. The sun was going down.

THE GAME DRIVE
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Safari Cheetah

So, we went on the best game drive ever – one that we never thought could be possible. It goes without saying that the guests asked to see elephants.

AMAZING GAME DRIVE
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Cheetah Morning Game Drive

This was one of the most successful game drives I had in a very long time. As usual, we started out early morning to travel to the northern part of the reserve.

A MOTHER'S INSTINCT
Mhondoro Game Lodge - Cheetah and Warthog

I chose the title to be “A Mother’s Instinct” because the following blog is about looking at the mother’s role – both as the hunter and the hunted.