Rain – the bush’s magical life-bringer

At the start of October Abelana Game Reserve was a sea of parched, sparse brown bush that looked apparently lifeless. Save for the eternal green around the Selati River and on the fringes of our dams and waterholes, the picture was a typical one for the time of year –…

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A wonderfully spotted surprise…

Image: Credit Bill Drew Game drives at Abelana Game Reserve have been dishing up some wonderful surprises of late, with some of the most exciting being regular sightings of cheetah! Perhaps the most underrated of Africa’s big cats, the cheetah is also one of its most…

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Come and party at Abelana!

Abelana Game Reserve is the perfect place for groups of friends and families to come together and celebrate landmark events and important milestones with its two wonderful lodge options – the luxurious Abelana River Lodge and intimate Abelana Safari Camp – doubling up as fabulous…

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The “cycle” of life!

Exploring the amazing scenic beauty and spotting its wonderful wildlife takes on new meaning when you’re on a bicycle! Which is why Abelana Game Reserve is proud to announce Abelana Cycle Tours – a fresh way to experience this beautiful Big Five wilderness… Working in…

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The tree that time forgot!

Shrouded in mystery and the stuff of myriad African legends, the mighty baobab is a tree like no other and one that Abelana Game Reserve is blessed to have growing amongst its dramatic rocky outcrops. Known as the “upside down tree” because it’s branches resemble…

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Leopards top the sightings list!

It’s been a bumper month for leopard sightings here at Abelana Game Reserve, with a number of these beautiful big cats spotted close to Abelana River Lodge in the north of the reserve and down in the south around Abelana Safari Camp. Throughout lockdown a skeleton team of staff have…

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Eye-to-eye with the ostrich…

When it comes to records, the ostrich is an absolute champion! It’s the world’s biggest and heaviest bird, its fastest on two legs and lays the biggest egg… It has the largest eye of any land animal and blinks just once a minute! There’s a…

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The wilderness is waiting…

It’s hard to believe that winter is upon us and that 2020 is already virtually half over. The bush here at Abelana Game Reserve is beginning to thin out, with the rich autumnal colours slowly giving way to the browns of the dry season that…

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Meet the world’s biggest antelope!

Tipping the scales at a whopping 900kg or so and standing around 1,7m at the shoulder, a fully grown bull eland is the reigning heavyweight of the antelope world and a wonderful sight to behold. Abelana Game Reserve is home to this fascinating and eye-catching…

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Making a meal of it!

When it comes to traditional African fare, this brightly coloured caterpillar tops the list! Meet the infamous mopane worm! It actually isn’t a worm at all, but rather the larvae of the beautiful emperor moth. It’s named for the tree it is found in and…

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