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Tayla Brown


Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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one of many wonderful surprises in the bush is starting out to see one thing and all of a sudden something else appears. Victoria

It is always exciting to find an animal after hearing it call. Lovely blog Tayla.

Such a beautiful cat

The way the guides and trackers use their senses to find things always astounds me! It’s being atuned to nature – something we are losing amongst our tech life , but it’s such a beautiful thing .

I’ll never forget my intro to Africa and Londolozi. We arrived in Londolozi around 2:00 pm; our first game drive with Ranger Kevin and Tracker Ray at 4:00 pm took us to the banks of the Sand River where a pride of lions was dining on a kudu they had taken down the past night. During our stay, I believe we got up close and personal with every animal on the reserve except cheetahs, thanks to our Ranger and Tracker.

Tayla, wonderful blog today, finding the Flat Rock Male Leopard was a find indeed🤗

That’s the great advantage of working in a reserve- no extraneous noise to block those beautiful bush sounds – the songs of birds, the grunting hippos, the clack of rutting impalas, and of course the guttural calls of the big cats. Great blog!

I was thinking of Marco Polo as I was reading your account and felt a similar excitement as your story progressed! Also, a great reminder to use all of ones senses, in the bush or in the city! Thanks!!

For me, the anticipation of a sighting after vocalizing (or spotting fresh tracks) is so exciting!

That sounds like it was an amazing experience!

Tayla, Great story! Thanks so much for the excitement!

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