UmPhafa, South Africa

In late 2011 I spent two months living and working at UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve, nestled on the edge of the Drakensberg Mountains in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Rather than an expedition, at Umphafa I was able to live on the reserve, where they have an ambitious vision to return what was heavily overgrazed farmland to its former beauty, reintroducing and encouraging the return of numerous species along the way.

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Friday Photo: Telemetry


Wildlife documentaries make finding wildlife look easy, I can assure you it’s not. Whilst in South Africa I had the chance to search for a radio collared lioness. To cut a long story short..

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Friday Photo: Lone Waterbuck


As the name suggests, Waterbuck are heavily dependent on water, rarely venturing more than a few kilometers away from rivers or waterholes..

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Friday Photo: Zulu the orphaned Meerkat


Say hi to Zulu, the orphaned Meerkat. His mother had been killed on a road, with Zulu left sitting on the verge. A kind passer-by brought him to..

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Friday Photo: Cheetah


Cheetah are not doing well. Everyone knows about their fabled speed and agility, but few realise quite how fragile they are. Many of us have seen them in zoo’s..

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Friday Photo: Blue Wildebeest


Yesterday, for the first time in two months, I woke up in frosty England, a world away from Africa. Having grown up in the urban wilderness of North Essex..

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12 Things I’ll miss about South Africa


My time in South Africa is rapidly drawing to a close, tomorrow I fly home to a chilly but festive England. Here’s 12 things I’ll miss about the rainbow nation..

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Friday Photo: Rhino Monitoring


It was a Tuesday, the day after I wrote about That Monday morning feeling, and we left early to check our small mammal traps. En route we came across this male White Rhino..

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Friday Photo: Speaking at a school in South Africa


As part of the work on UmPhafa Reserve we work with local schools and the community. Recently, I was able to visit the school in Colenso..

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