Saving the South African Leopard

The leopard is Africa's most beautiful cat and a sought-after sighting on any South African safari. Your best chance of seeing one is on a game drive with Thornybush Collection, but this could all change soon. More Than Elusive Leopards are a popular sighting because of their incredible beauty, rarity and power. Unfortunately, their scarcity is not...

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Monwana's Diabetic Friendly Rusks

At Thornybush Collection we love to spoil all our guests while they enjoy their South African safari, regardless of their dietary needs. Here's one of our favourite recipes that gets our diabetic guests in a rapture. In fact, all our guests love these tasty bites. Ingredients 200ml Finely chopped dates (125g) 125ml Water 2ml Bicarbonate of soda 25m...

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Rolling with the Pretty Birds at Thornybush Collection – Lilac Breasted Roller

The lilac breasted roller is one of the icons of a South African safari and one of the most beautiful bushveld bird species. You're bound to hear them around camp, and almost certain to spot a few during your daily game drives at one of Thornybush Collections luxurious lodges. What's in a Name? Coracias Caudatus is one of those specimens where the ...

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In his Father's Footsteps – Monwana's Roland Mann

Roland Mann was born and bred for a life in the bush. As the son of a game ranger, he has been exposed to this lifestyle from his earliest days, and it shows in his work. Roland's instinctive knowledge of animal behaviour makes him one of Thornybush's most popular rangers and he currently spreads his time between both Monwana and Serondella Lodges ...

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Army Ants on the March

Many have experienced the foraging efforts of ants while out on a picnic and even at home, if not there's a chance you will during your South African safari. Ants have an uncanny knack of finding the smallest crumb and mysteriously summoning their entire colony to the feast. They do this by means of pheromones. As soon as one ant spots a likely mea...

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African Wild Dog vs Domestic Dog – What's the Difference?

If you are very, very, lucky and accompanied by an experienced game ranger and tracker, you might come across a pack of Lycaon pictus during your South African safari. Otherwise known as painted wolves, Cape hunting dogs and African wild dogs, these canids are none of the above. Neither are they related to hyenas, although they were initially class...

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