African wild dogs and monkey


This video from Sabi Sabi wildlife reserve in South Africa says about itself:

5 December 2017

A pack of wild dogs came across a sick/injured baboon but remained very skeptical and did not eat the baboon.

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South African hippos attack crocodile


This video from Kruger National Park in South Africa says about itself:

30+ Hippos Attack One Crocodile

24 October 2017

Watch this Clash of the Titans take place between the masters of the waters, as these hippos refuse to allow this crocodile into their territory and quickly make sure they remove him from their space.

Harish Kumar (71), a retired sonographer recalled this battled and told Latestsightings.com how it all came about: “We were traveling in a Dutch group of about 18 people. It was a gorgeous day and we only had 2 days of holiday left. Our guide took us out on a drive to the Hippo Pool.

We were all just strolling around everywhere when suddenly my wife called me to tell me that something was going on there in the pool. I ran to get there and immediately started filming immediately – there wasn’t even time to get the tripod set up. Luck was absolutely on my side as I was able to stand with my camera in the right place to film. This was just an unbelievable sighting. The crocodile has somehow managed to maneuver himself into the middle of a pod of angry hippos. These guys wanted him out of their territory immediately. The croc was completely outnumbered and found himself being thrown around and bitten by the hippos. Luckily he managed to get away unharmed. This was a right time right place encounter.”

South African hippos save wildebeest from crocodile


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Hippos Come to Rescue Wildebeest from Crocodile

29 August 2017

Timing is everything when visiting Kruger [National Park]… 72-year-old pensioner, Mervyn Van Wyk and his wife Tokkie, understand just how lucky they were to be in the right place at the right time!

Hippos threatened by ivory poachers: here.

Leopard against wild dogs in South Africa


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Leopard Takes on 9 Wild Dogs

19 September 2017

A pack of wild dogs happily digging into their meal did not expect it to be short-lived as this leopard ordered himself an easy drive through meal…

Field Guide (Ranger) Patrick Mziyako was taking his guests for a ride when he captured this footage in Kruger [National Park], at Kwaggaspan Waterhole near Skukuza.

Young leopard steals food from its mother


This video says about itself:

Young Leopard Steals Kill From Mother – Africa – BBC Earth

4 August 2017

Young leopard must learn how to fend for itself in the Kalahari Desert.

The word Kalahari is derived from a word meaning great thirst. In this part of Africa, food is scarce and this young leopard must learn the skills needed to survive. Even if that means stealing a kill from its mother!

South African bird conservation news


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Dullstroom: The Panorama Route, Mpumalanga – Mobile Version

7 June 2013

In Panorama, Mpumalanga, with its breath-taking vistas around every mountain corner, waterfalls plunging down faces of sheer rock, memories of the gold rush following you as you meander down an endless river canyon, and eagles hovering above your head – you can’t help walking with your head in the clouds.

All Video content copyright by Photos of Africa.

From BirdLife:

New Protected Environment Declared in South Africa

By Ernst Retief

A visit to Dullstroom and its surrounding grasslands is on the bucket list of many birders in South Africa and internationally. This beautiful area contains many “specials” such as Wattle Crane, Blue Crane, White-winged Flufftail, Yellow-breasted Pipit and many others. The presence of these iconic species is one of the reasons why BirdLife South Africa recognises this area as the Steenkampsberg Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). Even if you are not after these iconic species, this area is unique and has an aura that makes a birding trip to Dullstroom unforgetable.

This area is also of great conservation value for many other reasons. For example, it is an important water catchment area. Lakenvlei, a wetland in the area, is a peatland which helps with the storing and purification of water. The peatland also holds large amounts of carbon, and therefore minimises some of the impacts of climate change. The tourism and agricultural activities in the area also provide jobs for hundreds of people. The Greater Lakenvlei Protected Environment falls within the well-known Dullstroom tourism hub that provides a large number of local tourism-related jobs connected to the scenic beauty and outdoor activities in the area.

Celebrations were held on the 7 April 2017, as the Mpumalanga’s Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA), declared the Greater Lakenvlei area a Protected Environment. This momentous achievement was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) and their NGO partners, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and BirdLife South Africa.

Legislation in South Africa makes provision for different categories of formal protection. Nature Reserves and National Parks are the top category and activities in these parks are strictly controlled by legislation. The second category is that of Protected Environment. Activities, such as farming practices, can continue in these areas, but other more destructive and unsustainable activities are prohibited. Through the development of Management Plans, each property is divided into zones, for example natural areas and degraded areas. Activities that take place in areas zoned as natural are then strictly controlled. Natural area zones do not all for example over grazing and indiscriminate use of pesticides. A Management Plan has been developed for Greater Lakenvlei and will now be implemented, to the benefit of the bird species which call this area home.

It is hoped that this declaration will encourage more people to visit this beautiful area and enjoy the natural beauty. This should lead to an increase in tourism related jobs and the long term conservation of the area.