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From the End of the World to New Beginnings.

Posted by Jaco on Wed October 5, 2022 in iSimangaliso Wetlands, Fauna, and Biosphere.

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly." - Proverb

Have you ever wished you were someone or something else when times get tough? That you can grow wings and fly away? Now and again I fantasize about turning into a hippo in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu Natal and spending my days lazing about, sleeping and eating!

While it is impossible for humans to physically change so dramatically–a weekend getaway in the bush can only take us so far!–I am consoled by knowing that I am privileged to experience all the wonders of nature in the world that surrounds me. When guiding and spending time on safaris in the bush at Makatana Bay Lodge in KZN, I am in a world where I continually discover and learn more. I am fascinated with those little creatures that have figured out how to escape one reality to begin a new one.

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Makakatana's Flap-neck Chameleon BABY BOOM in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Posted by Jaco on Fri February 4, 2022 in iSimangaliso Wetlands, Biosphere, and Biodiversity.

Trust us to find all these baby chameleons in the month of Love! Teeny, tiny, Flap-necked Chameleons (Chamaeleo dilepis), the size of a child's thumb are all over the Western Shores and around Makakatana at the moment.

We have had some fabulous sightings of them while out on our night drives. Chameleons are mostly found throughout Africa and Madagascar, but they are not limited to these locations. For someone who has never seen a baby chameleon before, it is easy to mistakenly assume that they are dwarf chameleons. The Setaro's dwarf chameleons (Bardypodion setaroi) are endemic to the area but are more prevalent on the Eastern Shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

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Valentine's Day in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Posted by Jaco on Sun February 14, 2021 in Fauna.

Love is one of the most complicated emotions known to man. It's like a drug, it can give you a high that can make you feel like you are soaring over the clouds, or it can drop you into depths of pain and emotional suffering.
Love sometimes means you must take risks or make sacrifices to obtain it. Every now and then we wonder why can’t love be simple like it is in nature… or is it?

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