Army Ants on the March

Many have experienced the foraging efforts of ants while out on a picnic and even at home, if not there's a chance you will during your South African safari. Ants have an uncanny knack of finding the smallest crumb and mysteriously summoning their entire colony to the feast. They do this by means of pheromones. As soon as one ant spots a likely mea...

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African Wild Dog vs Domestic Dog – What's the Difference?

If you are very, very, lucky and accompanied by an experienced game ranger and tracker, you might come across a pack of Lycaon pictus during your South African safari. Otherwise known as painted wolves, Cape hunting dogs and African wild dogs, these canids are none of the above. Neither are they related to hyenas, although they were initially class...

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Keeping up with the Waterside field guides- Enock Themba

One of the highlights of any South African safari is taking a guided game drive with an experienced field guide to fill you in on the ways of the wild. This is just one of the exceptional experiences you'll get to enjoy at Waterside Lodge , under the auspices of experienced field guide Enock Themba. Enock Themba was born and raised in the Mpumalang...

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Celebration Baby Marrow Ribbon Salad with Cheese and Onion Focaccia Bread

Every day spent on a South African safari with Thornybush Collection is a celebration, but this dish lends itself best to summer soirees and sunset drinks. It's all part of the package when you visit Waterside Lodge . Celebration Baby Marrow Ribbon Salad Ingredients 45ml Olive oil 30ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice 5ml Fresh lemon zest 10ml Dried or...

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Empowering People at the Thornybush Community Projects

We'd like to introduce you to Keysman Nkuna! Keysman is a 28-year-old go-getter from Dixie village. His dream was to become an entrepreneur and work for himself, in which field though, he was not sure. He had never pictured himself in farming but he jumped at the opportunity to assist us with the Hananani school food garden in April 2018. The garde...

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Thornybush Lodge's Spiced Steak & Green Bean Salad with Mint Dressing

When you're catering for guests during their South African safari, it pays to be versatile and here's a recipe that fits the bill. You can use whatever kind of meat you prefer to make this delicious main course salad. Chicken, lamb, beef and even venison all work well in this fresh salad. Non-meat-eaters can use mushrooms, tofu or brinjal instead. ...

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