Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, South Africa


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Leopard Hills is a Private Game Reserve located within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. It was the perfect way to finish off our stay in South Africa — we were finally able to see a pack of Wild Dogs (endangered and fairly elusive) and a pair of Cheetah. A great ending to an amazing trip!

Leopard Hills


Why we travel…


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 “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.”

Pico Iyer

How to keep monkeys from stealing your breakfast.


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Originally posted on This is my life....:

How to keep monkeys from stealing your breakfast.

Every lodge we visited while in Africa warned us about “the monkeys”.  Apparently their sole intent is to roam around causing havoc wherever they go.  We were warned (repeatedly) to always lock our doors — not because of any threat from humans but because of baboons.  It seems they love mischief and are notorious for sneaking into the rooms, raiding the mini bars, rummaging through luggage and generally making a mess of things.

The smaller Vervet monkeys don’t cause as much destruction but do enjoy a free meal and aren’t shy about jumping right onto your table and snatching goodies off your plate.  By accident, the staff at Sweni discovered that if they placed a large picture of a leopard on the buffet table the monkeys wouldn’t sneak over and steal the food.  Sounds crazy, but apparently it works…  I’m sure the monkeys…

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