Retold: folk tales from the African continent

Because they bring to life the magic of African wildlife, I’m writing this blog that gives credit to and carries forward traditional African folk tales, myths and fables about animals. These stories (which are often no longer being told) frequently have a moral theme to them, and are often used to explain animal behaviour or to educate on correct behaviour. By listening to these stories, just feel the warmth and cosiness of the campfire and come and experience Africa! The stories are accompanied by a paragraph called ’8 fascinating facts’ about the animal that is ‘in the spotlight’ and feature some photos that I took in Kruger National park.

Why the Warthog shuffles on his knees

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Amahle the warthog was out looking for some food one day, when he came across a large termite mound. Aardvark had made a huge hole in the termite mound during the night before. The hole was big enough for Amahle to wander in and so he shuffled in. He thought…

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How the Leopard got its spots

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Back when the world was new, Leopard had no spots. Leopard loved to stretch out on a shady tree limb, wait for a tasty critter to come by and then pounce….! Leopard was so good at pouncing, that fewer and fewer animals dared to eat leaves from his tree. And…

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How the Ostrich got its long neck

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A very long time ago, the ostrich had a short neck. With his long legs and short neck, it was hard to catch insects on the ground or pick berries from high bushes or drink water from the river. One morning, as ostrich bend his legs to drink some water,…

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Why hyena is lame

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Long, long ago somewhere in Africa…  Jackal and Hyena were out walking together when a white cloud came up behind the kopjes and floated over the veld quite close to them. It was a nice thick cloud, just like white fat, and Jackal climbed on to it and sat looking…

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Why being different is a good thing

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Once upon a time in a herd of grey rhinos a little rhino boy was born, and he was called Ryan. Ryan the Rhino was all white, unlike all the other rhinos who were (like we said) grey colored. When Ryan would go to the lake with his Mum, he…

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The three rules for a good life

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A wise old owl was perched on a stump, giving advice to all the animals gathered around. No question was too difficult to answer. After all, owls are considered to be very wise. But this owl was known to be the wisest of all. A burly lion thought he would…

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The giraffe and its long neck

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From the land of Africa comes a most unusual story. A big giraffe came upon a family of very happy monkeys that were living in a valley of fruit trees. The giraffe, being quite tall, began eating fruit off the top of one tree that was as high as a…

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