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Interview with our Elephant Researcher

Posted on Mon May 16, 2016.

Heike Zitzer our resident researcher was interviewed by Geniene Preston from Nomad at Tourism Indaba 2016 which was held in Durban from 7-9 May. Visit the SA commuters website to listen to their conversation.

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How to get here

Posted on Mon March 7, 2016.

Finding your way to White Elephant Safari Lodge and Bush Camp is easy. We might be tucked away in the top northern corner of Kwazulu Natal, yet it is as simple as directly turning off the N2. In fact we are just a stone’s throw away from Swaziland Golela/Lavumisa border, putting us smack bang in the middle between Kruger National Park and Durban.

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Cats, Dogs, and those in-between.

Posted by Mitchell on Fri October 9, 2015 in Ranger Diaries.

In a land where predators garner their prey, we find that only the strongest, fittest and mightiest of creatures survive the battle of life. There is an ongoing war between the great beasts which is essential for retaining the natural order.

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Curious Khumbula Elephant

Posted by Heike on Fri September 18, 2015 in Research.

By Reece Thornley, Operation Wallacea Dissertation Student at Pongola Game Reserve (June to August 2015)

There are many things about Africa that I will never forget, for as long as I live. Many things beautiful, mesmerizing and a few absolutely bewildering!
However, of all the things in Africa, there is one individual in particular that stands out in my mind. This individual makes me long for the windswept floodplains and dense thicket of Pongola more than any other thing in Africa.
He is staggeringly beautiful, and gargantuan in size. His thick grey skin tinged with copper orange soil and wrinkles that crossed his entire body like deep fjords. His eyes are something I will remember always, sparkling and wise, like a great amber sapphires. A tell-tale sign was his wonky left tusk that protruded inwards towards his long serpent like trunk. There has never been a more aptly named creature to grace this earth…Khumbula, Zulu for ‘Remember’. If elephants had second names, his would definitely be Ungakhohlwa…‘Never forget’.

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Black Rhino Tracking at White Elephant Safari Lodge

Posted by George on Thu April 16, 2015 in Ranger Diaries.

This is a vehicle- based activity in which we set out to locate Black Rhino, and under appropriate circumstances, approach these leviathans on foot, to truly appreciate their size, power and majesty. From the vehicle, we use signals received from radio collars worn by certain individuals, and the natural signs of spoor, dung and other evidence, to find the rhino.

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