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Setombe, born in 1990, is a female elephant​ in the Camp Jabulani herd and is mother to Klaserie. She was one of the original herd of twelve elephants rescued from Zimbabwe by Lente Roode and The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC).

She has a quiet and refined way about her, and while she gets on with most of the females, she seems to prefer the company of the bulls.

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August 12 marks a very special day, and is particularly important for Camp Jabulani. Today is World Elephant Day.

This is a day dedicated to these gentle giants, and is specially focused on bringing awareness to the biggest threats jeopardizing their survival – poaching, the illegal ivory trade and widespread habitat destruction.

What makes the elephant so special?

• No-one could deny it is simply
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A stable hand cutting the Banna grass for the elephants

Forty-nine year old Filikies Ngomane wakes up early in the morning in his home in Aconhoek, to travel by bus to the gates of Kapama Game Reserve where he begins his workday at 7am. Filikies is one of six stable hands, and plays a very important role in the
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Kate and Phil

Philip Harrison and Kate Nelson have a strong background within the hospitality industry, and come with plenty of experience in managing highly effective teams. Having recently sold their own tourism business in the Eastern Cape, they have now moved to the Lowveld to pick up the reins at Camp Jabulani. Said Kate, “We are so excited to have the opportunity to manage this exclusive and
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Susan Marks with Gertjie, the orphaned rhino

When I learned about the opportunity to volunteer at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) as part of my stay at Camp Jabulani in South Africa, I jumped at the chance. It seemed to me that it would be an experience that would be like no other in my life.

I was taken on a tour of
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Limpopo is a female elephant, and was the first baby to be born to the Camp Jabulani herd on 19 August 2006. Her parents are Tokwe and and a wild bull from the reserve. Soon after arriving from Zimbabwe, Tokwe eloped one night, joined the wild herd and came back the following morning. Limpopo was born 22 months later…  She was named after the Limpopo River, which
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It is submerged beneath the water

During a recent game drive, two hyenas were spotted opposite a waterhole on the reserve. We stopped to observe them, and to see in which direction they were headed. A third hyena then appeared, and it was evident that the two we had originally found were not happy with its presence. They immediately gave chase, and the third hyena dashed into the water while the
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Fishan is a 33 year old male elephant born in Zimbabwe. He was hand reared with 11 other elephants on a farm which was eventually expropriated due to the national land reform programme. This farm was located 12km east of Chinhoyi town.

Fishan was castrated at a young age in Zimbabwe due to a serious
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Sebakwe was born in Zimbabwe in the early 1980s. He was hand reared with 11 other elephants on a farm which was eventually expropriated due to the national land reform programme. This farm was located 12km east of Chinhoyi town.

In 2002, Lente Roode heard about the elephants losing their home (and the imminent danger of them losing their lives too). There was no
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Ranger Ruan sharing his knowledge with an interested guest

Look after yourself! Wear sunblock and drink plenty of water. Do not underestimate the power of the African sun! You will not be able to enjoy your adventure if you’re suffering from sunstroke.
Bring along your binoculars, as many of the interesting things on safari are not as obvious to the naked eye – such as colourful birds in their nests, or
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