Cheetahs of the Pilanesberg

Cheetahs of the Pilanesberg

The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a beautiful slender animal with a speed like none other. Cheetahs are able to go from standing still to 90km/hour in 3 seconds this is faster than any car. Their small bullet shaped head, long legs and oval shaped tail all help them to reach these top speeds and turn corners to catch their prey. In the pilanesberg we only have six cheetahs, two males, one female (Rain) and her three cubs. We have been fortunate enough to see the process of the cubs growing up. They have grown in size, stealth and hunting capability. These beautiful creatures are not often seen as they have a large area to roam and many competitors such as lions and leopards to hide from. When they do come out for our guests to see they normally show off their elegant stature for all to see. Two of the cheetah cubs as seen March 2015. One of the Cheetah cubs seen July 2015. One of the cubs attempting to hunt October 2015. Rain looking very happy to have her three cubs with her, October 2015. The two males looking for something to hunt, September 2015. Blog by Ranger – Jolandie...
Africa’s Big 5

Africa’s Big 5

The term ‘Big Five’ refers to five of Africa’s greatest wild animals – lion, leopard,elephant, buffalo and rhino. Lions : The lion has forever been a symbol of strength, power and ferocity. Leopards : Leopards are astoundingly strong. They are pound for pound the strongest of the big cats. They are able to climb trees, even when carrying heavy prey, and often choose to rest on tree branches during the day. One reason why leopards sometimes take their prey up in the trees is to ensure lions or hyenas can’t steal them Elephant : The largest land animals in the world. Rhino: Large, herbivorous mammals identified by their characteristic horned snouts. The word “rhinoceros” comes from the Greek “rhino” (nose) and “ceros” (horn) Buffalo: African buffalo is the only species of wild cattle that can be found in Africa. It is also known as Cape buffalo So don’t delay book your next African Safari with us as we go in search of these amazing big 5...
Birds of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Birds of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a birders paradise with over 300 species being recorded. The best time for bird viewing is the summer months where one can one record over 80 species in a single day.What makes the park popular amoungst birders is the six great bird hides dispersed over the reserve which gives guests the opportunity to get out of their vehicles, stretch their legs and enjoy the birdlife. When planning which hide to visit and photograph birds keep the following in mind: West-facing hides: Rathogo provides good photographic lighting in the mornings. East-facing hides: Ruighoek , Mankwe & Malatse are great in the afternoons. North-facing hides: Makorwane and Batlhako are better suited to low light photography on cloudy days. One of the most popular hides in the park is Mankwe Hide. The dam attracts many water birds such as blacksmith lapwings, grey, black-headed and Goliath herons, pied kingfishers, malachite kingfisher, great white egrets, Egyptian geese and white-faced whistling ducks to name a few. Also be on the look out for the African fish eagle which is seen perching high above overlooking the dam. Did you know that Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers bird drives which are tailor made to suit everyone, from someone starting out to experience the great joy of Birding to the experienced “Twitcher” looking for that ever elusive “Lifer Tick” to add to their list. Enquire when making the reservation about this activity Below are a few images that our lodge photographer, Massimo Da Silva, has managed to capture while out on safari: If you looking for accommodation in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve we have...
Ivory Tree Game Lodge under goes a revamp

Ivory Tree Game Lodge under goes a revamp

We are pleased to announce that Ivory Tree Game Lodge has undergone a revamp. The major upgrades that were done to the lodge were the following: New colour scheme throughout the lodge New Soft’s throughout the lodge New furniture under the lapa area Newly branded safari vehicles New look and feel in the dining area Conference room has equipment and softs We could continue with the list of changes but we would rather let the pictures do the talking and show you first hand of what the new lodge looks like!     Along with the revamp we have included a new Executive Suite. For more information please click...
Segways now offered at Ivory Tree

Segways now offered at Ivory Tree

Experience the unique feeling of riding one of our Segways. Segways are upright two wheel scooters that guests stand on and using weight distribution only for speed and direction. Segways are great fun and can operate on a variety of terrains. Hills, grass, inclines and dirt pose no obstacle to the ability to go where you want to go. Enjoy these in a slalom race or as part of a rally race experience. There are two options for guests wanting to do the Segways. Guests can combine the Segways with a museum trip is R 380.00 which is highly recommended, or guests have the option to just have fun on the Segways and do a trip down the road for only R 250.00. Should you wish to book this activity please enquire about it at reception and they will gladly assist with what times are...