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Ranger Reflections – Dean Wilkinson – August 2018

Ranger Reflections – Dean Wilkinson – August 2018

We are fortunate to meet many international guests from all over the world at Camp Jabulani. This definitely one of the things that I love most about working here. 

I recently had the pleasure of being the dedicated ranger for a delightful French family, and we had such incredible sightings. So I thought I would share a bit about that for my Ranger Reflections, as well as some of my favourite photo’s from the past few weeks on the reserve. 

Male lion lying down paws in air

Every guest seems to have a fascination for a certain animal, and many do not know why, they just feel drawn to a particular animal. For this particular family, it was hippo’s.  They stayed with us for five days, and we were very fortunate to see many a large variety of wildlife including mongooses and even a leopard in a tree with its kill.

Sun shining on giraffe

They were super eager to spot hippos but every time we visited the river, the hippos remained under water and the most we got to see was a couple of hippo ears and a hippo nostril before they submerged back into the depths.

We drove to the river on their final morning with us for one last attempt at sighting the elusive hippos.  Lo and behold we got some action! Two of the younger male hippos had gotten into a scuffle and were jumping and biting each other. They splashed about tirelessly while we watched them and only resolved their issues a good thirty minutes later.

The family agreed it was a très fantastique sighting. I will always remember the family fondly!

Hippos at Camp Jabulani


Sebakwe in the mud


Old Buffalo at Camp Jabulani



Deep red sunset at Camp Jabulani


Africa Fish Eag


Male lion walking

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, and I really hope you enjoyed my photo’s.

Until next time,

Dean Wilkinson



  • Kathleen J Foster
    Posted at 13:57h, 13 August Reply

    Dear Dean It was such a pleasure to have you as our ranger when we visited in June 2018. You are like a walking encyclopedia! You made our visit not only an adventure but a great learning experience we will never forget. The cool morning drives rewarded us with fantastic sightings. The one I particulary enjoyed was spotting an older mother lion with her daughter and five cubs. The mother and daughter were intent on hunting a small group of impala. The cubs eager to help alerted the impala on two occasions. The frustrations of motherhood! ON the evening drives you treated us to constellation identification and lion sightings. The night you smelled a large snake fully engaged my attention! Thank You and we hope to see you in 2019
    Dr Kathleen Foster and son Brian F Hughes

    • Camp Jabulani
      Posted at 08:06h, 14 August Reply

      Hi Kathleen
      Thank you for the lovely message for Dean. He is extremely knowledgable and passionate about nature.
      What a sweet memory of the lions, thank you for sharing it with us.

      We all look forward to you and Brian’s hopeful return next year!

      The Jabulani Team

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