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A portrait of the painted wolf

The African wild dog is sometimes called the African painted dog or painted hunting dog. Its scientific name, Lycaon pictus (Greek and Latin) means “painted wolf”.  Highly endangered, only an estimated 5,500 – 6,500 individuals survive in 39 sub populations across Africa. The largest population is found in the Chobe and Moremi in Botswana, and in the Kruger National Park the dogs have also found a stronghold.

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Mountain Bike the Kruger

In 1999, before mountain biking became a THING, an idea to expand ecotourism and adventure activities with Mountain Bike (MTB) trails in the Kruger National Park sparked, and the first MTB trail from Olifants Camp was officially opened on 4 September 2003.

The trails from Olifants Camp became extremely popular very quickly and tourists and travelers from all over the world enquired and booked to experience this life-changing adventure. 

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The Little Five

Just like the Big Five. Just a little smaller, a little tougher and sometimes even a little more interesting - Lion, Cape buffalo, African elephant, black rhinoceros and leopard: The famous African Big 5. These animals earned this status as the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot and who, when cornered, presented the most danger to the hunter. Today the Big 5 is of the main reasons millions of adventurers, travellers and safari goers visit national parks and reserves to “hunt” these animals, armed with cameras and lenses and monopods.  

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Elephants are scared of mice and 7 other elephant myths busted

The central part of the Kruger National Park is Ellie Valley. Regular visitors to the area know that it’s a great area to observe the gentle giants. The large herd that lives around Sable Dam are positively famous for their antics in and around the water. Here are some interesting titbits separating facts from popular fiction... 

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10 Fascinating Facts about the Leadwood Tree

For those of you that didn’t know (or haven’t noticed!): that tree in our logo is a Leadwood. According to Dave, the managing director of Bushveld Terrace Hotel, it’s his favourite tree and his original idea was inspired by the many dead leadwood trees that dot the landscape of the central parts of the Kruger National Park along rivers and watercourses. The logo was designed by Dylan Kopping who was a guest of Dave’s on a backpack trail in the Kruger... 

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