Some elephants are better at social distancing than others, prides of lions are useless, especially at mealtimes, and giraffes are fickle, moving from one group to another.
Although Shamwari Private Game Reserve is under lockdown, its animals aren’t and are going about their business as usual.
So is head ranger, Andrew Kearney. He’s still getting up early to offer game drives and guided walks. However, instead of just sharing what he sees with the visitors on his Landcruiser he’s posting it on the internet for the world to see.
On his own initiative and armed with just a rifle and cellphone, Andrew has, so far, posted six videos of his daily excursions around the reserve.
Although he’s limited by the technology at his disposal and the fact that the large animals are sometimes just metres away – making loud explanations distinctly unhealthy – he still manages to cram a wealth of information and insight into each four-to-six-minute episode.
In the series so far, you can join Andrew to learn the basics of tracking, get a masterclass on giraffes, track a pride of lions to a kill, get scarily close to elephants, make a careful downwind approach on two white rhino and outrun a leopard tortoise.
Maybe you’re missing your Easter trip to the bush, or want something interesting to pass a few lockdown minutes. Maybe you’re looking for a fun, educational distraction for the children. Either way, visit Shamwari Private Game Reserve’s YouTube channel. Here’s a link to episode 4, the most popular so far.
Andrew will be posting more episodes. You can also find these on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #shamwariprivategamereserve
About Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a premier safari and hospitality destination in South Africa’s ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province.
Its seven lodges each provide distinct experiences. Choose from exclusive tranquillity, effortless family enjoyment or the back-to-nature appeal of a luxury tented camp. No matter which option you choose, you’ll experience the very best local cuisine and thoughtful service.
By staying at guests are participating in an immensely successful conservation project. This project arrested the impact of human activity and returned to 25 000 hectares the rich biodiversity for which the region was once renowned.
Over the past 25 years the project has restored much of the ecology. It has attracted or re-introduced an abundance of indigenous game and birdlife. For example, the big five and even 5the humble ox pecker.
The Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is globally recognised for its pioneering work. Here sick and injured wild animals are treated before being released back into the wild. A long-term partnership with the Born Free Foundation provides a permanent home for rescued African big cats.
For more information, visit www.shamwari.com
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