Sat 04 Feb 2023

Of fledgelings and birds of prey

Birds’ breeding season is in full force. So many birds raising their fledgelings before they fly off from their place…

Wed 25 Jan 2023

In love with the leopards of Limpopo-Lipadi

Every once in a while shareholder Anton takes his family to Limpopo-Lipadi. It may not seem obvious to some of…

Thu 19 Jan 2023

Boisterous baby elephant

There are times at Limpopo-Lipadi that you don’t see our elephant breeding herd at all, but then there are days…

Mon 16 Jan 2023

What was on the croc’s menu?

Shareholder Conny recently visited the reserve end of November with her friends and they were witness to some rather unusual…

Wed 04 Jan 2023

Meet the ‘house pets’ around the lodges

Some of the nicest or cutest ways to encounter wildlife is not always when you drive out in the Reserve,…

Mon 26 Dec 2022

Leopards galore

The number of leopards that shareholders Paul and Cheryl spotted during their recent stay is incredible. Although there still is…

Fri 16 Dec 2022

Bush dinners: the best way to spend an evening

One of the most fun things of safari life is that nature provides the best décor for your everyday routine…

Thu 08 Dec 2022

Patience pays off

Nature is quite unpredictable, so we all as shareholders accept that there will be visits with many good sightings, but…

Wed 23 Nov 2022

Leopards are thriving at Limpopo-Lipadi

Shareholders Paul and Cheryl Freund finally made it back to Limpopo-Lipadi last October after almost three years of Covid break….

Sun 20 Nov 2022

Youngsters are the cutest

Shareholder Guido spent some fabulous weeks in the Reserve. Read what he contemplates: “In my view all young animals are…

Wed 16 Nov 2022

Why elephants love fresh Mopane leaves

After winter’s dryness and sometimes well before the summer rains start, the mopane trees begin to pop their ‘elephant ear’…

Wed 28 Sep 2022

Wild dogs at play

Limpopo-Lipadi’s emblematic wild dogs travel across the reserve in a matter of hours. The whole reserve of 20,500 hectares is…

Fri 23 Sep 2022


During the Covid 19 pandemic we all realized the importance of hand-washing as a means of preventing the spread of…

Sat 17 Sep 2022


Community representatives from the 4 schools in Tsetsebjwe and Moletemane urgently requested duplicators, as they had been unable to create…

Mon 12 Sep 2022

If you’re small, you must be smart

“If you’re small, you must be smart   Limpopo-Lipadi’s elephant breeding herd roams across the reserve, but there is a pattern in where they prefer…

Thu 25 Aug 2022

Eye to eye

Shareholder Mauro has lots of reflective moments when driving around in the Reserve and looking eye to eye with the…

Fri 19 Aug 2022

The joy of taking a mud bath

As shareholders we cannot emphasise enough how incredible it is to be able to enjoy the bush at your own…

Fri 12 Aug 2022

Medical equipment for the clinics

Earlier this year, the Motse Committee (the community outreach arm of Limpopo-Lipadi) purchased much-needed medical equipment for clinics in the…

Mon 08 Aug 2022

Happy baby tidings!

We are over the moon to announce the birth of an impressive litter of 12 wild dog pups! They were…

Mon 31 Jan 2022

The story of the croc and the water thick-knee

These are harrowing times for some creatures. Shareholders witnessed a lot of wing-flapping and screeching going on at one of the sandy islands in the Limpopo River. Read more about the water thick-knees and the small croc in the Limpopo-River.

Mon 24 Jan 2022

Wild dogs thriving at Limpopo-Lipadi

The emblematic Limpopo-Lipadi wild dog is critically endangered. We used to have more than 35 wild dogs until rabies wreaked havoc on the pack. Now, with a new alpha male and female, this pack is looking strong and healthy again.

Mon 17 Jan 2022

So many birds!

Limpopo-Lipadi has such a variety of birds that are often overlooked when searching for the bigger animals. These beautifully colourful birds are hard to find at times, but it’s interesting to learn about their behaviour.

Sun 09 Jan 2022

A Bit Too Close for Comfort?

This photo of Nigel Nicholls in Limpopo-Lipadi is magnificent. Alison managed to make it look like he was sitting quite peacefully on a folding chair right in front of the lions.

Tue 14 Dec 2021

Summer means fresh leaves

It’s summer in the southern hemisphere! The first rains have fallen, some animals are dropping their babies, and fresh chewy, green leaves are decorating the trees for some that can reach high enough, like this giraffe.

Tue 14 Dec 2021

Is This Elephant Left-handed?

Did you know that elephants usually have one tusk that they use more than the other (just as humans have one dominant hand)? This elephant bull seems to be left-handed.

Tue 14 Dec 2021

Elephants splashing

Spring and summer days in Botswana can be incredibly hot and what is better during these hot months than taking a mud bath at sunset. It cools the elephants off, protects them from insect bites and serves as sunscreen.

Mon 13 Dec 2021

Such luck to witness real-time conservation

Shareholders Guido and Nancy were lucky to witness a few conservation projects during their stay at Limpopo-Lipadi. Read the story of their first adventure, the relocation of some of our lions to other parts of Botswana.

Mon 06 Dec 2021

All is well at Limpopo-Lipadi

Longtime shareholders, Walt and Thea finally made it back to the reserve after a long break from travelling. They are soaking up the goodness of being back.

Mon 29 Nov 2021

Sit and Wait

Sometimes you see more by sitting in a hide (blind) and waiting for the wildlife to come to you. Alison filmed these beautiful zebras one quiet morning.

Mon 22 Nov 2021

Stuck in the Middle of the Breeding Herd

On her recent stay, Martina Glatzl got stuck in the middle of an elephant herd, but it wasn’t an ordinary herd.

Mon 15 Nov 2021

Wildebeest Re-introduction

We released 124 blue wildebeest into the reserve at the end of October. The capture and release went flawlessly, and we didn’t suffer a single mortality, which is amazing since it was 42ºC—in the shade!

Mon 08 Nov 2021

How far is far enough?

When we did the initial planning for the 2020 Elephant Translocation, the DWNP indicated that one of the prerequisite permit…

Fri 29 Oct 2021

Did You Set the Alarm?

Have you ever been woken by a real bushveld alarm clock? Alison Nicholls has. She recalls being woken by the sounds of an alarm clock one morning, only to realise that it was in fact a crested barbet.

Mon 25 Oct 2021

Weird and Wonderful Giraffe Anatomy

Have you ever wondered about the anatomy of giraffes? Well, wonder no more.

Mon 18 Oct 2021

Nightlife in Limpopo-Lipadi

Shareholder Martina had a nice long stay at Limpopo-Lipadi. She was lucky to have the most amazing sightings—especially at night.

Mon 04 Oct 2021

New hope for endangered wild dogs

Our operations manager, Duane recently spotted a wild dog pup, bringing new hope to the reserve’s endangered but beloved wild dogs! They are the second most endangered animal in Africa, with a population of ± 6 600. What a great way to start the week!

Mon 13 Sep 2021

Wild dog puppy spotted!

What a great way to start the week! Our reserve manager, Duane spotted a wild dog puppy a few weeks ago. We’re not quite sure if there are more, but for now, we’re just over the moon about this one new member of the pack!

Mon 06 Sep 2021

To Be an Acacia, or a Vachellia, That’s the Question!

In 1986, Australian botanist, taxonomist and geneticist, Leslie Pedley, made the suggestion that Acacias be divided into three groups, as it was generally felt that the genus, acacia—with 1 400 species—was too complicated. Read more.

Mon 23 Aug 2021

Getting to know wild dogs

It’s no secret that we carry a special torch for wild dogs here at Limpopo-Lipadi. These endangered canines are protected on our reserve. Here are ten interesting facts you might not have known about African wild dogs.

Mon 16 Aug 2021

Hippo Life

Hippos are living the life with the Limpopo River still flowing strong. In a while, the river will drop and they will have to find refuge downstream, but for now, we can still enjoy them at Harry’s Camp.

Mon 09 Aug 2021

Keeping an Eagle Eye

With the exceptional rains of the summer, the grass is still standing tall, and bushes and trees are still full of leaves. Although it’s beautifully green, it does make it difficult to spot game. Luckily birds are easy to spot higher up in the trees.

Mon 02 Aug 2021

A rare enough encounter with the wild dogs

Operations manager Duane seems to have all the luck, seeing Limpopo-Lipadi’s pack of wild dogs more often than anyone else. Recently, he noticed that the alpha female is showing signs of pregnancy. Hopefully, we’ll see some pups soon!

Mon 26 Jul 2021

Giraffe capture and relocation

July kicked off a busy wildlife management month for us at Limpopo-Lipadi, with our first order of business being the sale and translocation of three giraffes to a neighbouring game farm. Read here how the capture and relocation process works.

Mon 19 Jul 2021

Elephants in the River

On the riverside, where most lodges are, you’ll regularly see a group of five roaming elephant bulls. Recently, they were spotted crossing the water into South Africa—without papers, passports or PCR tests. How lucky that we get to see them in the reserve!

Mon 12 Jul 2021

Morning Traffic

Mornings are cold this time of year, and the guinea fowl have taken to the habit of warming up on the sandy roads. Run, run, run… That is what they do before at long last they lift off and get out of our way.

Mon 05 Jul 2021

Happy To Be Back

After one and a half years and two cancelled attempts, shareholder Eric was delighted to finally be able to return to a beautifully plush reserve and spend some time in the Botswana bush.

Mon 14 Jun 2021

The Lions of the Southern Pride

The lion is king of the African bush, even at Limpopo-Lipadi. Alessandro Gruzza took some beautiful photographs of a nine-year-old male and his pride when he visited our beloved reserve earlier this year. Read his story.

Mon 07 Jun 2021


To some people autumn signifies the end of a year of life. The grass that was still bright green a month ago is now a soft gold, and although this seems like the end, this is exactly when the African bush shines brightest. Read more about the beauty of winter in Africa.

Mon 17 May 2021

Opening the box in a very green season

When the borders opened, new shareholder Alessandro couldn’t hold himself back any longer and made his way to Limpopo-Lipadi, equipped with a deep and genuine love for nature and a camera driven by a passion for photography. Read his story.

Mon 26 Apr 2021

The lesser-known moss

Limpopo-Lipadi’s operations manager, Duane recently conducted a vegetation survey and was pleasantly surprised to find a reasonably extensive range of moss in our beautiful, but arid woodland environment. Read more.

Mon 12 Apr 2021

Working on our beloved wild dogs

Working with animals has always been a part of Gabriella Postiglione’s plan. Her journey has taken her from Italy to America, Tunisia, South Africa and Botswana, where she completed her PhD working on our beloved wild dogs.

Mon 15 Mar 2021

Cute and noisy: bush baby

During your evening drives in the reserve, you may spot their shining eyes bouncing around in your torch beam, or they may wake you up in the early hours of the morning to their ear-splitting shrieks: the elusive and incredibly cute bush baby. Read more about these cuities.

Mon 08 Mar 2021

After the Big Five check out the Small Five

On the list of wildlife spotters is always the ‘Big Five’ (rhino, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo). But did you know, there’s a complimentary ‘Small Five’? At Limpopo-Lipadi you can find the Big Five (save the buffalo), but also the Small Five.

Mon 01 Mar 2021

Black-backed jackal: monogamous, social and smart

Jackals have somehow never really made the safari A-list. Monogamous, social and smart, jackals are also highly vocal and often you can often hear them calling each other while you’re having your sundowner drinks on one of our plains, so keep your ears peeled.

Mon 22 Feb 2021

Small Five’s star performer: the dung beetle

Dung beetles spend their entire lives rolling dung uphill, living in it and fighting off pirate beetles that try to steal their hordes. Watching them puts the past year of our lives into a rather harsh perspective.

Mon 15 Feb 2021

Remembering Limpopo-Lipadi

Shareholder and artist, Alison Nicholls takes us down memory lane to one of her fond memories of Limpopo-Lipadi. She remembers sitting in a hide with a friend and enjoying a constant constant procession of different species at the waterhole.

Mon 08 Feb 2021

The Importance of Having Good Grass

In 2019, management and the game reserve council approached shareholders about the importance of selective bush-thinning in the reserve’s encroached and formerly overgrazed areas. We’re happy to report a positive difference in the past year.

Mon 01 Feb 2021

Don’t Want to Leave

Shareholder Malcolm and his family made their way to our beloved reserve for a trip that way too short. Crossing borders again wasn’t as easy as it usually is due to restrictions. Read all about their experience.

Mon 25 Jan 2021

Stuck in the Mud

We appreciate every drop of rain that as fallen during December, especially after a couple of years of sub-optimal rain. The bush is lush and the roads are like streams. Read Malcom’s story about what can happen if you try to avoid an obstacle on the road.

Mon 18 Jan 2021

Rebirth After the Rains

So happy to be back after so many months, shareholder Malcolm and his family were soaking up the experience once again. Read all about the regeneration of the bushveld after record amounts of rain over December.

Mon 11 Jan 2021

The Crossing

Shareholder Malcolm and his family were some of the first to make the trip back into Botswana after so many months of closed borders. His trip on the main road to the reserve was a tricky affair after record rains had fallen in December. Read his story here.

Anti Poaching
Mon 07 Dec 2020

Dehorning our rhinos to keep them safe

Dehorning of rhino has become a top poaching mitigation method over the years and is now required by law for all rhino living in Botswana.

Mon 30 Nov 2020

Play-fighting or…?

With the first rains upon us, it will not be long before we see the first impala and wildebeest lambs. Read more about the ram’s playfighting to prepare them for adulthood.

Mon 16 Nov 2020

Vulture Safe-Zone Initiative

Limpopo-Lipadi’s operations manager, Duane, writes about the importance of keystone species, like vultures, in our ecosystems and the role our reserve can play in preserving this vital species. Read more!

Mon 02 Nov 2020

Botswana sunsets are the best

On one of his late afternoon inspection drives in the reserve, general manager Glen counted himself a lucky man to be able to enjoy the beautiful Botswana sunset at Tholo Dam in the company of some thirsty zebra’s.

Mon 26 Oct 2020

Elephant Says ‘Hi’

General manager, Glen has the privilege of wandering off into the reserve whenever duty—or sometimes leisure—calls for it. And sometimes he makes a friendly encounter, like this up-close-and-personal with an elephant.

Mon 19 Oct 2020

Those Small and Smart Steenbokkies

The season just before summer really hits us, is an excellent game-viewing season for small and shy antelope like the steenbokkie, who is proof that if you’re not strong, you’d better be smart.

Mon 12 Oct 2020

Elephant Translocation—The Documentary

Remember the story about the biggest elephant translocation in Southern Africa. A documentary has been produced about the incredible journey and we couldn’t wait to share a sneak preview with you. With a big thank you to all involved.

Mon 05 Oct 2020

Wild Dogs Bounce Back!

Newsflash from our Operations Manager, Duane. Just when he thought that the wild dog population on the reserve would die out, he got some very exciting, very reassuring news, Read all about it!

Mon 28 Sep 2020

Better Together: The Intricate System of Symbiosis in the Bush

Symbiosis is a way of life. It helps certain species survive against the odds. Read more about the species at Limpopo-Lipadi who help each other survive and what we humans can learn from them.

Mon 21 Sep 2020

Upside Down: That Hazardous Drinking Moment for Giraffe

The giraffe, abundantly present in Limpopo-Lipadi, is the tallest animal in the world and its silhouette is unmistakable: long and tapered legs, a massive body and a very long neck. Unfortunately, the giraffe’s legs are too long, or its neck is too short to reach the ground, depending on your point of view. Eating is not a problem because it feeds on leaves and twigs from the trees that only it, with its 5m height, can reach. But, bending over to drink is really complicated.

Mon 14 Sep 2020

Tribute to Botswana’s National Bird: The Amazing Kori Bustard

Botswana’s national bird is the kori bustard and we are proud that a number of these birds call Limpopo-Lipadi their home. Read more about these magnificent birds and where to spot them when next you’re at the reserve.

Mon 07 Sep 2020

Elephants for Lunch

Our general manager, Glen, had some close-up encounters with a bull elephant on a mission.

Mon 24 Aug 2020

Pioneer plants and their ecological role

One of the tell-tale signs of historic overgrazing is bush encroachment by certain species of plants, like sickle-bush (Dichrostachys cinerea), blackthorn (Senegalia mellifera) and slender three-hook thorn (Senegalia Senegal).

Anti Poaching
Fri 07 Aug 2020

Elephants on the move

The elephant translocation project started on Thursday, 23 July and by late afternoon, the first two elephants were making the 650-kilometre journey to their new home.. Only two elephants can be transported at a time and so it will take until mid-August to complete the translocation of the 20 bull elephant that the Reserve has permission to move.

Mon 27 Jul 2020

Lion Kill

A couple of days ago Glen, our general manager, and Duane our reserve manager, received a report from the Anti-Poaching Unit that the lions had killed a young giraffe just off the main road as you head towards Two Cribs. Read his story of a day brimming with adventure.

Anti Poaching
Mon 13 Jul 2020

Landscapes of Fear

Limpopo-Lipadi recently got permission to translocate 20 elephant bulls that have settled in the reserve over time and are destroying the big trees, many of which took hundreds of years to grow. Elephants are made for Africa, not small pockets of Africa.

Mon 06 Jul 2020

Reflecting on the Wonders of Nature

The lockdown in Botswana was a period on intensive work, especially when it came to finalising and implementing the conservation plans of our interlinked ecosystems for the years to come. Read reserve manager, Duane’s views of our ecosystems.

Mon 06 Jul 2020

Hi There to This Pack of Banded Mongoose!

This is a rather rare, though admittedly not the best, photo on our blog. Some animals in our reserve are rather unhabituated, so it was a treat to have a pack of banded mongoose sit still for a couple of seconds and make eye contact.

Mon 15 Jun 2020

Getting Ready for Your Arrival

The world is in varying stages of lockdown and while we’re not sure when we can visit our beloved reserve again, the conservation and maintenance work continues with more fervour than ever. Here’s what the maintenance team has been up to.

Mon 08 Jun 2020

Magical Moments at Limpopo-Lipadi

In the last days before the Botswana lockdown, Graham Morgan visited the reserve with some Australian friends, who had heard about the marvels of Limpopo-Lipadi and couldn’t wait to check things out for themselves. Read Graham’s account.

Mon 01 Jun 2020

Elephant Close Encounter

Reserve manager, Duane and general manager, Glen, and a handful anti-poaching and staff members are the only ones left on the reserve during the Botswana lockdown. Read about their close encounter with an unhabituated elephant cow during a patrol.

Mon 25 May 2020

Leopard Overload

Paul and Sheryl Freund have had some incredible leopard sightings. This past November was no exception. The heat had many animals drinking at Tholo dam, including some leopards, who only came out at dusk or at night. Read about Paul and Sheryl’s sightings here.

Mon 18 May 2020

Meeting Again: All Grown Up

In 2018 Aileen Oosterling many hours with four lion cubs, watching the play and goof around with each other. Two years later, she got to see them again! All grown up now and on their own, away from the pride.

Mon 11 May 2020

Those Brave but Shy Honey Badgers!

Honey badgers are formidable fighters and not even lions want to mess with them. But, they are shy and not very often seen. Paul and Cheryl Freund were lucky enough to see them for a few seconds before they disappeared in a hole.

Mon 04 May 2020

TwoSpots and the Wild Dogs of Lipadi

Shareholder Paul Freund took the time to document the story of the reserve’s prominent alpha-female wild dog, TwoSpots. The book chronicles her life as a youngster growing up in the boma, to her disappearance in 2019.

Tue 28 Apr 2020

Watch out for the Leopard Thief!

There are guests at Limpopo-Lipadi that come to the reserve and claim to hardly ever see a leopard. Then you have others who prove the opposite. Last November shareholders Paul and Cheryl had numerous incredible viewings.

Mon 20 Apr 2020

Weave to Impress

Shareholder Aileen has been spending a lot of time at the reserve lately and gladly shares her sightings and stories with us. This time she writes about the many southern masked weavers building their nests.

Tue 14 Apr 2020

Erik vs the Lions

While shareholders aren’t able to visit the reserve at the moment, our vet and our reserve manager are hard at work making sure that everything runs smoothly and that the animals are well taken care of. Read about their efforts with the lion pride here.

Mon 06 Apr 2020

Last Game Drive Before Closure

Ryan and his guests were the last shareholders at the reserve before it closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Game drives were generally disappointing. But then, at Middle Plains, they saw her. A fit lioness, looking for her next meal.

Mon 30 Mar 2020

Airstrip congregation

Life in the bush is not a walk in the park. You always have to be on high alert and vigilant about the danger lurking behind every tree or bush. Sticking together on open terrain is a very good way to steer clear of lurking danger.

Mon 23 Mar 2020

Leopard stroll towards dinner.

In the green season it may take some effort to spot animals between the vibrant green bushes and tall grass. But sometimes it’s just luck when you almost literally stumble across a leopard, about to get her paws on dinner. Watch the video of one such an encounter at Limpopo-Lipadi.

Mon 16 Mar 2020

Go away, leave my chicks alone!

With so many migratory and resident birdlife in the green months, there’s also a lot of nesting going on. Unfortunately, that means that there are also a lot of raptors circling, trying their luck. Read more about a young Wahlberg eagle trying his luck with some weaver parents.

Mon 09 Mar 2020

A memorable stay at Limpopo-Lipadi

A couple of months ago, shareholder Ian visited the reserve with a friend from Germany. They saw almost every wild African animal on the reserve, except for the buffalo. They had a wonderful time and even played a little football with some of the anti-poaching guys.

Mon 02 Mar 2020

Wild dogs on a mission

One of the upsides of being a shareholder, is that you have the reserve to yourself from time to time. It’s also a downside because there’s no one to alert you of amazing sightings. Luckily, on a quiet morning, we heard a call over the radio of a wild dogs sighting. Read here.

Mon 24 Feb 2020

Birds of a feather

Summer at its heights means that it is birding galore at Limpopo-Lipadi, with so many migratory birds taking up residence at the Reserve in this period. Anton Kruger and family spent a couple of days at the Reserve recently and shared some of their ‘catches’ with us. Enjoy!

Mon 17 Feb 2020

Bath time!

During a sundowner self-drive in October last year, shareholders Clive and Jill saw a spectacular brown hyena, soaking up the sun and taking a bath in Tholo Dam. It was quite a sighting. Read about it here.

Mon 10 Feb 2020

Safari with kids

Anton Kruger is a shareholder of Limpopo-Lipadi, who always surprises us with his beautiful photos and stories. He tells about his most recent visit in the ‘green season’, making it clear that going on a safari is a great adventure for all, even for small kids. Read his story and enjoy his fantastic photos.

Mon 03 Feb 2020

I’m stronger than you are

The Elephant breeding herd is often followed by several young males and, just like young human lads, they want to…