The two new Thanda Cheetah cubs are already good looking youngsters, about four month old! Their mum kept them hidden from the world for a considerable time and she is very carefully looking after them.

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The Ultimate Interaction

It was amazing to photograph this …

In beautiful surroundings ... In beautiful surroundings …

It is always very exciting to see animals interact – between different species or between specimen of the same species. It is a very rare occasion to see large mammals – like White Rhinos – mating. This week Thanda Safari guests were very lucky to witness this ‘ultimate interaction’. The dominant bull had fought with another male for his mating rights and his slightly wounded rival was still hanging around during the process. A third (young) male, who behaved submissively, was tolerated by the others and was watching the mating. It took over 30 minutes before the big bull descended from the cow. At that stage all involved parties were very exhausted and took a nap!

What a sighting!

More about White Rhinos …

White Rhino females reach sexual maturity at 6–7yrs while males reach sexual maturity between 10–12yrs. Courtship is often difficult. The female usually acts aggressively and…

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The rare ones!


Game drives in the mornings and evenings are a great way to experience the South African fauna and flora. Guests come from all over the world to see the Big Five, Giraffes, Zebras, many other common mammals and a lot of different birds. But there are a lot of shy and often nocturnal creatures which are barely ever seen on safari, even on night drives. Thanda Safari’s Wildlife Department uses camera traps for various projects. And from time to time these shy and nocturnal species are ‘caught’.

Enjoy this small collection of such rare images: An Aardvark, a group of Banded Mongooses (for once not running away from the camera), a Bushpig, a Caracal, a Honey Badger, two side-striped Jackals, two ‘mating’ Porcupines and a Serval.

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