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Posted on August 28, 2017 by Sioux under General


The end of my time in SA was drawing near and I wanted to get as much ‘wild time’ as I could, so Paul & I spent a day at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve. Not as wild as the Kruger National Park, but an opportunity             to enjoy the bush and fresh air; and close enough for a day trip. 

The reserve has a breeding centre in an effort to preserve endangered species, and among its successful breeding programmes is that of the wild dog, and has now expanded to include Bengal and Siberian tigers and white lion. 

                                                              Known as “The Nearest Faraway Place”, it is a privately owned game reserve                            covering almost 1200 hectares. After humble beginnings in 1985 with only 2 white rhino, it was opened to the public in 1990 and now has in excess of 650 head of game, including some very rare and endangered species. The reserve is situated within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. 

Stopping in at the visitors centre, we spent more time watching the antics of the ground squirrels than anything else! They are the cutest little characters. What they were squabbling about, only they will ever know! Lion, cheetah and wild dog are kept in separate enclosures and are fed weekly. There’s always a rush of cars, jostling to get a decent view point when these predators are about to be fed, and we’ve learned to get into each enclosure early and just wait. Worth the wait as I got better shots of the entertainment than I did of the after dinner activity!

We went to the wild dog enclosure after they had been fed, as there tends to be more activity, as the pack try to outwit each other whilst vying for the best pieces of meat, and keeping the resident crows away from picking at the bones.

A great day out, and my last taste of the bush for the next 6 months! 

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2 responses to “Home again – the final – Day tripping and wild times”

  1. Pauline Smith says:

    Not a lover of the wild dog but the squirrels, what fun they had.
    The lions too – PORNO !!!!!!!
    The lioness at the top looks like Sam when she’s relaxed – not a care in the world …

  2. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Stunning pics wow! We were fortunate enough 2 years ago to have a pack of wild dogs right next to our car in the Kruger amazing!

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