Photos of the Year - 2020

December 1, 2020

A baby giraffe gives us a curious look. If you look closely, you can see the umbilical cord is still attached to its underbelly. Photo: Dan Stevens

An incredible photo captured of the elusive African Emerald Cuckoo. Photo: Nico Bestbier

A Dice Moth caterpillar crawls along a bright red flower. Photo: Calvin Davie

A protective older sibling exhibits a threat posture with the ears held out, most likely because of the young calf that is with the herd. Photo: Dan Stevens

The baby elephant is protected so carefully by the herd. Notice how the baby stays tucked away between the legs of the large females. Photo: Dan Stevens

Male Waterbuck fighting. With long, sharp horns it's no wonder why fights between waterbuck result in more deaths than any other antelope. Photo: Nico Bestbier

A dominant male lion resting in the grass. Photo: Calvin Davie

A herd of zebra quench their thirst at a waterhole. Photo: Nico Bestbier

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December 1, 2020

Mavela's Birding Big Day

Some members of the Mavela team got together to participate in the annual birding big day. An event that sets out to identify the most amount of bird species within a 24 hour day. The guides at Mavela couldn't miss out on the fun.

December 1, 2020

Rain Comes to Zululand

The month of October brought with it much needed rainfall, the low hanging clouds signified the close of a long and dry winter period and the landscape has undergone a rapid change from arid savannah to a veritable garden of Eden.

November 30, 2020

Free Flying, Once Again

On 24 June 2020 three critically White-backed Vultures were released back into the wild on Manyoni Private Game Reserve (MPGR) after being saved from mass poisonings last year.

July 27, 2020

New Contenders

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