Nature is out and about …and we’re LONGING to travel

While we’re all perhaps going a little crazy stuck in our homes and unable to see our colleagues, friends and family, it’s incredibly exciting to witness some of the scenes of nature out and about.

We LONG to be able to travel again.

But while we patiently wait, we can at least share some of the sweet (and dramatic) animal and nature adventures happening around Southern Africa right now.

In Langebaan on the West Coast of the Western Cape, a local resident filmed this incredible footage of sea gulls feeding on sardines.

In Skukuza, east of Hazyview in Mpumalanga, lion (and a sneaky hyena) have been photographed chilling on the golf course!

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Skukuza Lions

Or how about an incredibly cute family of foxes at Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West.  Cape fox have stable populations all over Southern Africa, but its still rare to spot them as they tend to be very shy.  Vergelegen staff have been delighted to encounter an entire family – two adults and three pups ‒ right on their doorstep.

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Something more dramatic?  In Botswana, the Okavango River is overflowing!⁣⁣  After a year of droughts, take a look at the magnificent pictures below.

⁣⁣The flood is making its way inland everyday, bringing in much needed hope, life and restoration.⁣⁣

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Desert & Delta Safaris shared this fabulous view from the air.  This is the Okavango Delta en route to Camp Moremi and Camp Xakanaxa.

Desert & Delta aerial view across Okavango Delta en route to Camp Moremi and Camp Xakanaxa

And at andBeyond’s Nxabega Okavango Delta Camp, Botswana, the water is also beginning to seep towards Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp  further south.

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The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) says its rangers currently have their hands full to keep African penguins from wandering into the quiet streets during the national lockdown.


While there have been some bizarre (but seriously entertaining) fake claims of nature and wildlife healing, these are GENUINE pictures and scenes.  We can’t wait for the day we’re able to turn guests’ dreams into a reality.

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Tel: +27 31 275 3500

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