Kaiser Charles Malapane was born to the Shangaan Tribe 29 years ago. His family live in Thulamahashe which is close to the Sabi Sands. Unlike many of his peers he did not grow up in the bush but both his parents worked in the Timbavati and Kaiser often spent time there being taught about the bush by his parents. Becoming a guide was something he always wanted to do and his first job was at the Chimanimani Camp in the Timbavati. Since then he has guided extensively in this area but recently has moved away to guide at Madikwe Game Reserve. Since arriving there he has desperately missed the Sabi Sands which he calls ‘paradise’. He has a passion for the cats here (don’t we all) especially Karula who he knew as a cub. One day, whilst tracking with a friend he found Karula for the first time. She was so young her eyes were still closed. WildEarth are very excited to have Kaiser on the team and welcome his extensive knowledge of cats and their history in the area. WE hope you enjoy being with the WildEarth family and stay with us for a long time.
On another note we are changing the night drive schedule for the next week. Because of Moses’s sudden departure and Pieter and Lieschen being on leave it has been exhausting for the crew that have been on the ground to do the three drives a day and the walk. Therefore we have cancelled the night drive for tonight, but will have one on Sunday (5th April|) night and also one next Wednesday (8th April). The rest will be cancelled until Saturday 11th April and then we will resume as normal with one every night. WE apologise for this but feel it is important to give our hardworking crew a bit of a rest. WE are sure that you will understand. Its in your nature!
Welcome Kaiser, so glad that you have become part of the WE team. See you on your next drive.
It’s a pleasure to welcome you aboard WEteam, Kaiser. It’s exciting to drive with someone who met Karula when she was just a tiny cub.
If you have photos of Karula as a cub, I hope you will share them with us.