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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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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

What a post Tayla! It’s one of the best ever I’ve read! Cheetah… those frail cats are like a fairy tale to me. BIG thank you! You made my day

Tayla Brown

Thank you Francesca, I am glad it made your day.

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

What a way to start the day!!! Victoria

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Wowzer, is this is the area with the ostriches? Are you going there more?

Tayla Brown

Hi Ian, we normally see the ostriches in the south western parts of the reserve but this was in the eastern part of the reserve where we dont often get to see cheetah.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Cheetahs’ heads are always on the alert–swiveling.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Tayla, What a lucky find! Heads must’ve been turning for sure! Is the young male a cheetah that you have been seeing regularly at Londolozi?

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

That is incredible that you and your tracker saw cheetahs at the same time, but in different directions. So good to see the mother and cubs are well, as the young male cheetah. Wonderful sighting, thank you Tayla.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Great sighting, it is good to see cheetahs at Londolozi.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

What a beautiful sighting you experienced, capturing those cheetah images in the mist. It seems quite astounding that you and Richard each saw a cheetah whilst looking in different directions. It’s always special to see the unexpected during your drive. Love your photos!!

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Last night before I fell asleep the last animal I classified on Snapshot Serengeti was an amazing cheetah 💗.
And first thing this a.m. here they are again in this great blog post. Nice way to start the day. Thanks.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Gosh Tayla, that must surely be your best ever start to a game drive ! Let’s hope they manage to find a corner of Londolozi to call their own and are there for all to enjoy in the future 🙏🏻💗💗

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Taylor, cheetah🤗

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Love that ethereal shot through the mist! What has happened to the wild dog population? It seems Londolozi is predator-rich these days!

Karen Taylor

I love seeing cheetahs, I will never forget my first sighting of a cheetah with two cubs, this was on my first trip to Londolozi just as we were entering the reserve.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

Cheetahs are very special animals and every sighting is a wonderful moment!

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Tayla! Your morning adventure (sighting) must have been exhilarating! Your photo captures are fantastic!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Wow! I love your post Tayla, as cheetah are my favorite of the big cats. A brilliant and fortuitous sighting indeed!!

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