Today: Greater Kudu

On safari we talk a lot about the big five and most of the pictures we post are about them. In the next few days’ morning posts I would like to introduce all of Thanda Safari’s antelope species to you. From large to small and common to rare. So here we go.

Let’s start with largest of them, the *Greater Kudu*. A male can get up to 340kg (750lbs) and a shoulder height of 1.55m (5′). They love higher altitudes and thicker bush and will even stand on their back legs alone to reach up to get the very bitter new leaves of a Mountain Aloe. There main predators are Lions.

Stay safe!

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20151121 - CS2_5162 - EAfter the recent rains this young Kudu was running around with great energy in the wet grass. It looked to us as it was celebrating the relief from the drought!


Christmas Sightings!

The Thanda guests enjoyed great sightings over the Christmas holidays.

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Two young Elephant bulls giving a sparring demonstration …

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… a White Rhino mum and her son hosting an Oxpecker party …

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… a young Kudu bull in front of a beautiful Thanda vista …

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… and Thanda’s dominant male Lion smacking his lips after a big meal!

Happy Holidays!

Pictures by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Trails and Rifles!

Well, the first part of my Trails Guiding Course is over. The picture below shows me dressed for the part and carrying a large caliber rifle (a pre-requisite for a trails guide).

Picture by Andre van Zyl.

Below are a few picture that I took at my last day at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. (Waterbuck, Kudu and Dwarf Mongoose).


Have a good week!

PS: If you like to know more about the Trails Guiding Course go to A great experience, even if you do it for fun and not for professional reasons.

Sunrise, Kudu and Plover

I had a great weekend. Saturday evening and Sunday morning I drove guests at the Lodge. With Dumi as Tracker we had two very good drives with sightings of Lions, Elephants, White Rhinos, Buffalo and Cheetahs. The guest were very pleased with the guiding and the tracking 🙂

We also viewed a beautiful sunrise (picture 1) and enjoyed a relaxed Kudu cow posing for the camera (picture 2). This afternoon I spent three hours just sitting by one of the waterholes by myself. As it was a very windy day there were no mammals, but I got some good bird shots. One of them was a Three-banded Plover (picture 3).



Have a great week.