Heaven on earth is spelt S-H-I-N-G-W-E-D-Z-I… Yes indeed, we’re back in the Kruger National Park, and kicking of our visit with three nights in our beloved Shingwedzi Rest Camp! We had a great first day with sightings including two promising new tuskers (elephant bulls with heavy ivory), four roan antelope and even a lone pelican […]

South African Wildlife

Descriptions and photographs of South Africa’s astounding wildlife Plants South Africa is home to over 20,000 indigenous plant species. These are the species we’ve featured here at de Wets Wild: Baobab Cabbage Tree, Highveld Camel Thorn Fern, Common Tree Fig, Namaqua Lily, River Palm, Kosi Raphia Porkbush, Namaqua Tree, Fever Tree, Quiver Tree, Shepherd’s Umbrella Thorn […]

Back in Kruger: 20 September 2013

We bid you good evening from Letaba Rest Camp, in the Kruger National Park! We arrived through Phalaborwa Gate early this morning and will spend one night here at Letaba before moving on to Punda Maria in the morning. We had a fleeting late-morning sighting of a leopard on the prowl, but the highlight of […]

World Elephant Day 2013

Today, elephants in Africa and Asia are faced with the threats of escalating poaching, habitat loss and various other conflicts with humans. World Elephant Day was launched on August 12th, 2012, to bring attention to the plight of these iconic animals and will be observed for the second time this year. The African Elephant is […]

Olifants Wilderness Trail, June 2013

A small group of people are inspecting a dung-covered thorn-bush out in the African wilderness, the sun having just peeked over the eastern horizon, listening enchanted to their guide explaining the scene: “Long ago, the hippo lived on land with the elephant, the rhino and the buffalo. But Hippo complained bitterly to the Creator that […]

Isilo of Tembe

In the presence of majesty It’s mid-afternoon at Tembe Elephant Park, and we’re watching a number of elephant bulls milling around Mahlasela Pan. Occasionally the peaceful scene is disturbed by two or more of the younger bulls mock-fighting and testing one another’s strength with heads held high and tusks and trunks interlocked, sending nervous nyalas […]

Letaba Rest Camp, Kruger National Park

Almost exactly in the middle of the Kruger National Park, on the southern bank of the broad and mostly sandy Letaba River, you will find the Letaba Rest Camp – a tranquil retreat beneath large, shady trees. Letaba welcomed its first guests back in 1929, and remains very popular with visitors to this day. Hutted […]

More thanks from de Wets Wild

Elizabeth Turner (elleturner4), the talented blogger responsible for “Dot knows!” – a delightful mix of beautiful photos and intelligently humorous writing that you’d surely enjoy – have done us the great honour of nominating de Wets Wild for two awards recently! Thank you, again, Elle (everyone seems to be calling you Elle in the blogosphere – […]


One of our most treasured sightings ever in the Kruger National Park. This magnificent animal was called “Masbambela”, named in honour of ranger Ben Pretorius who had spent 35 years working in the Park. Masbambela means “the one that can stand his ground” – isn’t that an absolutely apt name for this beautiful creature? Masbambela […]

Kruger National Park, September 2012

Spring has arrived in paradise! We’ve just returned from another visit to our favourite place on earth – yes, the Kruger National Park (no prizes for correct guesses!).  We spent six days travelling the entire length of the reserve, from Pafuri in the north to Crocodile Bridge in the south. The spring season arrives in […]