Blog: The Pondoro Family

Pondoro family: Wildlife tracker Eric Siwelane

So what does a wildlife tracker do? A wildlife tracker in the safari hotel industry sits on a tailor made seat on the bonnet of the safari cruiser. It is his job to spot wildlife and to look for fresh tracks of the Big 5 (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes). Usually leopards, lions and rhinos would be tracked […]

The Shocking Truth

A neighbouring safari lodge owner was travelling from his lodge to the small town of Hoedspruit late afternoon about 10 years ago. The road to the exit gate follows the southern boundary fence. He decided to do the trip in his Land Rover, which at the best of times can be notoriously unreliable. Halfway to […]

Tough enough?

Everything in America always seems to be bigger and better. A few years ago we had 2 older gentlemen visit us from Texas. These 2 farmers were huge by anyone’s standard, tall and fit for their age, and ex American football players as we were often reminded. I was their safari guide during their stay […]

When the wife wants meat

Going on a safari to Africa is a bit of a gamble. Everybody wants to see the so-called Big 5, but this can by no means be guaranteed. The pressure on all guides are thus enormous as they understand the costs and effort involved in getting here, as well as the very high expectations of […]