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Nick Sims

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Nick 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 he and his brother weren't physically in the bush, they ...

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on An Ode to the Infamous Honey Badger

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

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.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

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

Darlene Knott
Digital Tracker

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

Vin Beni
Digital Tracker

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.

Ian Hall
Digital 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

Declan Porter
Explorer

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!

Pam Chandor
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 🙂

Victoria Auchincloss
Senior Digital Ranger

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

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

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

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

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.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

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

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

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

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

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.

Suecol777
Explorer

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!

Iris Lane
Digital Ranger

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

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