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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Fri 29 Jul 2022

The amazing privilege of being a shareholder of the Reserve

During a recent stay shareholder Mauro described how amazing it is to be a part of Limpopo-Lipadi and its eco-system:…

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Thu 21 Jul 2022

Leopard lazing on marula tree

Stumbling across a leopard is the safari goer’s dream, especially when this elusive cat is sitting perched on the branch…

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Fri 08 Jul 2022

Winter skies and the Milky Way over Limpopo-Lipadi

Recently, shareholder Mauro spent some exceptional days with family and friends at Limpopo-Lipadi. One night he took out his camera…

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Wed 08 Jun 2022

Cold winter mornings, bright sunny days

Oh my, Botswana winter nights can be cold – if only to warm up very quickly after sunrise, usually with…

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Mon 25 Apr 2022

Wild dogs at play

Wild dogs at play Limpopo-Lipadi’s emblematic wild dogs travel across the reserve in a matter of hours. The whole reserve…

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Sun 17 Apr 2022

Never be in a rush

Never be in a rush, you never know what is behind the next bush Shareholder Conny Krauss spent some fantastic…

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Sun 10 Apr 2022

Vulture Safe Zone at Limpopo-Lipadi

It is often the case in modern day Nature Conservation that iconic animals, especially the cute and cuddly, or majestic…

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Tue 05 Apr 2022

Rainy Season’s Finale

On his first trip in three years, shareholder Ian took his 85-year old father with him, so this was a…

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Sat 05 Mar 2022

Traffic in the Bush

Shareholder Martina and her partner Jost spent about four weeks in the reserve. So many incredible adventures to tell. Here…

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Fri 25 Feb 2022

Sundowner bliss with animal parade

Sometimes you need a bit of luck and some calculations. While driving around the reserve on a rather uneventful evening…

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Fri 18 Feb 2022

Fly, pray, dive, catch, swallow, repeat

Sitting on the banks of the mighty Limpopo river is like going on a game drive without using your vehicle,…

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Fri 11 Feb 2022

Southern Plains is a place of abundance

With a second year of good rains the reserve is looking so green and lush and the animals seem to…

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Sat 05 Feb 2022

Summertime… and the livin’ is (slightly more) easy

After some good rains in the past months, the reserve looks in mint condition: the grass stands tall, the Limpopo…

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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…

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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.

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Mon 25 Oct 2021

Weird and Wonderful Giraffe Anatomy

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mon 07 Jun 2021

Autumn

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mon 07 Sep 2020

Elephants for Lunch

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Mon 27 Jan 2020

So happy to see you!

Sometimes, the simple act of sitting in a hide opens you up to the most incredible sightings. Read Martina’s story of a herd of elephants that seemed to unite with some old friends. I must have been quite a sight!

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Mon 20 Jan 2020

Impala into the Wild(erness)

It is so important to avoid overgrazing popular waterholes by luring territorial animals like impala to other grazing areas. In this pursuit, we’ve introduced a new waterhole at Limpopo-Lipadi, called Wilderness. Read more about it on our blog!

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Mon 06 Jan 2020

A ‘Tail’ of Two Badgers

Shareholders Clive and Jill were privileged to see not one, but two of the notoriously fearless (but shy of humans) honey badgers taking on a python in a small umbrella thorn tree! It was quite a sight! Read more on our blog!

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Tue 17 Dec 2019

Zebra overload

Patience really is a virtue. Even when you feel like there are no more animals left on the reserve, if you patiently wait, they will come to you. Hunker down in a hide and wait it out!

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Mon 09 Dec 2019

Not just your average week at the reserve

Shareholder Guido van Toorenburg recently had an extraordinary few sightings at Limpopo-Lipadi. Not only did they see one of the cheetah brothers that everyone assumed had left the reserve, they also saw not one, but two lion kills! It was an exciting stay this time around! Here is his story.

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Mon 02 Dec 2019

It’s all a matter of luck

The more time you spend on the reserve, and especially at waterholes, the more likely you are to see some very special events.

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Mon 25 Nov 2019

Bushbuck Keeping us Company

So, as bushbucks are abundant around the lodges, they are less so in the rest of Botswana, and we cherish their company, with the little munching noises and the crackling of leaves and branches.

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Mon 18 Nov 2019

Taking your Best Shot at Birding

Bird photography is a special form of wildlife observation. It requires a good eye and a good camera. With the enormous variety of bird species at Limpopo-Lipadi, it is definitely worthwhile to invest a bit of time and effort into birding.

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Mon 11 Nov 2019

Sundowner Time

For many of us, sundowner time is the best time of the day. The golden hour just before the sun sets creates the most beautiful light for photography, nocturnal animals come out, and it is the time for drinks at a well-chosen spot to enjoy the light, the animals and the company you’re in.

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Mon 04 Nov 2019

A Morning in the Life of a Shareholder

Long-time shareholders, Walt and Thea have been frequenting Limpopo-Lipadi on a regular basis. When they come, they like to stay…

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Mon 28 Oct 2019

Take your cues from the elephants—get out your sunscreen

Summer is here and it is getting hot out there, so we need to protect ourselves from the blistering sun. But it’s not just us humans who need to watch out for sunburn. Some animals do too.

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Mon 21 Oct 2019

Flash appearance of the wild dogs

A couple of years ago, Limpopo-Lipadi had a large pack of the endangered African wild dogs. What a delight it was to encounter them so regularly out on their hunts, or lazing around near a waterhole or in the shade.

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Mon 14 Oct 2019

Bush pigs out in the open

The elusive bush pig is one such creature that hardly ever shows his snout, especially not during daytime.

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Mon 07 Oct 2019

Lion snacking on impala

Having a good number of lions in the reserve does not necessarily mean that you stumble over them in our 200-something square kilometres. And so, on some visits, you may start giving up on the idea of seeing lions.

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Mon 23 Sep 2019

Too close for comfort: held hostage by 13 elephants

Game viewing was calm, very calm. All the radios were quiet, apart from the guides chatting and updating each other…

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Mon 16 Sep 2019

A hike along the mighty Limpopo River

Limpopo-Lipadi is proud to have 14 kilometres of beautiful Limpopo river frontage, with its precious ecosystem and riverine trees and…

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Mon 09 Sep 2019

At last we found the cheetahs

While on the look-out for a good viewing of the lion pride, shareholder Woody got a much better surprise during…

Conservation
Mon 02 Sep 2019

Up in the air for the game count

Being an enclosed reserve means that we have to keep track of the number of animals, and particularly the balance…

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Mon 26 Aug 2019

Early morning lion roars

Sometimes you are woken during the night or in the early hours of the morning by a sound that can…

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Mon 19 Aug 2019

Scary moments: charging to protect the breeding herd

If you ask one of our guides which animal they fear most, they unequivocally answer: elephant. Gentle giants usually, but…

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Mon 12 Aug 2019

The otherworldly looking brown hyena

The spotted or striped hyena takes the spotlight in movies like the Lion King, while the brown hyena usually takes…

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Mon 22 Jul 2019

Sometimes the earth trembles in the bush

During our two-yearly game counts it’s always striking to see some high numbers of animals that you hardly ever see…

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Mon 15 Jul 2019

Breath-taking: the exhilarating climb up Lipadi Hill

Located in the midst of the rather flat area of the Tuli Block we are lucky to have a few…