After two years of intensive preparation, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge received three young lions in January 2017. The negotiations with the Namibian conservationists Dr Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren from N/a’an ku sê -Conservation, started almost two years ago when the couple indicated that they would like to expand their work that they are doing in.. read more →

A large grey owl, 43–50 cm tall, barred in front and blotched on the head, back and wings. Their wingspan is about 1 m. The distinguishing features of the Spotted Eagle-Owl are the prominent tufts of feathers on either side of its head, which it erects into ‘ears’ or ‘horns’, and its bright yellow eyes. The ear.. read more →

In English, the species is known by several different names, including saddle-backed, grey, silver-backed, red, and golden jackal. The black-backed jackal is a fox-like canid with a slender body, long legs and large ears. It is similar to the closely related side-striped jackal and more distantly related golden jackal, though its skull and dentition are more robust and.. read more →

The heat of the summer months brings with it man’s most feared reptile, the snake. The name ‘puff adder’ stems from the snake’s habit of inflating itself and hissing when threatened. The noise produced is a menacing hissing sound and should be construed as a strong warning. The snake itself is rather sluggish and generally.. read more →

On the 1st of September 2016, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge had the privilege of sponsoring its 5th annual SWD ladies golf day held at the Oudtshoorn Golf Club. Teaming up with Anneline Badenhorst (Ladies Club Captain from Oudtshoorn Golf Club) and her amazing team to plan the event, the day was a roaring success with a record breaking.. read more →

Meet our four newborn Meerkat babies! Females give birth to one to eight babies at a time, but it is more common for Meerkat mothers to have three to four offspring at a time. The babies, called pups, are born underground, where they are safe from predators. At birth, pups weigh 25 to 36 grams.. read more →

19 Aug 2016
August 19, 2016

Zebra dust bathing

Activities, Oudtshoorn, Ranger Diaries

Dust bathing (also called sand bathing) is an animal behavior characterized by the act of grooming while rolling or moving around in dust or sand, with the purpose of cleaning fur, feathers or skin, and removing parasites. Dust bathing is a maintenance behavior performed by a wide range of mammalian and avian species. For some animals, dust baths are necessary to clean the feathers,.. read more →

The common duiker, Sylvicapra grimmia, also known as the grey or bush duiker, is a small antelope with small horns. Colouration of this species varies widely over its vast geographic range. As many as 19 subspecies are thought to exist, ranging from chestnut to grizzled gray and light brown shades. It grows to about 50 cm in height and.. read more →

A large and powerful bovine, the African Buffalo reaches shoulder heights of up to 1.5 m and a mass of 750 kg. Both sexes have horns, those of the bulls are characterized by a heavy boss and upward curved horns. Buffalo herds can have significant ecological impact on the veld. Being a bulk grazer, they.. read more →

I was volunteering at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge during the Easter holidays while the great Art Festival KKNK was taking place in Oudtshoorn. On the one hand it was more exciting for me, because the Lodge offered some special activities for that event. On the other hand it was more stressful for the whole staff; there.. read more →