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Nick Sims

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Nick was a ranger at Londolozi from 2018 - 2022. He always had a love for nature. Growing up in Johannesburg, the annual family trip to the bush (particularly the Kruger Lowveld region of South Africa) became an escape from city life. When ...

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on An Ode to the Infamous Honey Badger

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I love honey badgers. It is always lovely to see them. They can become terrible pests in camping grounds. They know exactly how to open fridges and cool boxes. They throw garbage bins over to get to the contents. There is the famous honey badger in Hoedspruit who is an escape artist. Very intelligent animals.

Nick, Honey Badgers don’t care. Fearless and ferocious. One of the toughest animals around. I was lucky enough to see one when on a game drive with M & M. Thanks for spotlighting them

Fascinating blog, Nick. I learned a lot and have a better appreciation of honey badgers now!

Such interesting animals! Thanks for all the info, Nick!

Have never seen one during our visits. Something to look forward to!

One unusual species that we saw last month was a pangolin. Would love to learn more about that.

Master Tracker

They are a special sighting, once saw a pair coming towards us, and in between the pair walking at the same speed was the most miserable looking hyena it is possible to imagine

Honey badgers are one of the coolest creatures around to find in the bush. Reading over the section on their toughness had me reminiscing about a sighting I had years back in the Kalahari. Two young male lions had managed to catch and kill a honey badger pup and when we came up to the sighting the mother was busy going at these two males properly! Both male lions ended up running off with their tails between their legs feeling very sorry for themselves!

Digital Ranger

Nick, Thanks for the Honey Badger write up! You all must have seen this video from 2011? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg 🙂

I love honey badgers as they are so gutsy standing up to bigger and dangerous animals. They are so small until you see them stand up to the bigger for. Always fun to see the « under dog » win occasionally. Victoria

Great story Nick! Hope we can find one on our next visit to Londolozi!

Nick, I have never seen a honey badger – we have been to Londolozi 4 times. Hope to see one when we return in Sept 2020.

Wow … just added them to the list of what to ask for when the morning guide asks “What do you want to see today?”!

I knew very little about the Honey Badger and thank you for educating me.

Honey badgers are unique animals that seem to like hiding in order to track and catch their prey. Thanks to Guy and Shadrack we spotted one on our way back from our sundowners- still amazes me how trackers can spot these little creatures!! Thoroughly enjoyed your informative blog and photos.

I thought that was fascinating reading! I have often thought that the smaller animals get overlooked in favour of the big, the spectacular and the exotic. Just hope I never get chased by a Honey Badger!

Digital Ranger

Well done, you tough little furry roly-poly animals. I do admire your survival instincts! Keep at it!

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