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Secrets of the bush

Some of Africa’s top guides reveal some of the most intriguing flora and fauna you might encounter on a walking safari — and what makes them so mesmerising
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Phumlile Mabuza, All Out Africa

Where Mbuluzi Game Reserve, Kingdom of eSwatini “A snake is always exciting to spot. I recently caught a glimpse of a 3.8m southern African rock python in the midst of an afternoon meal: an adult impala! It is not common to spot a python in the Kingdom of eSwatini; they spend most of their time hiding, often in termite mounds. They catch and kill their prey by constriction and asphyxiation, tightening their grip every time the unlucky creature exhales. It will take weeks for it to digest the impala and the serpent will live for months on this one catch alone, probably the whole of winter.”

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