Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Manager’s Report November 2016

Wild photo of the month by Alan and Gaynor Castle, UK

Wild photo of the month by Alan and Gaynor Castle, UK

Wow! What happened to the year? At first we were counting down the days till when we would receive our first winter days. Then before you know it the winter season has come and gone and we are yet again in the mid of summer. We had a bit of rain during the month and the bush began transforming to the very much loved green oasis. Every day you can see how the vegetation is becoming denser. Everything is brilliant colours of green with bright flowers starting to bloom on some of the trees. We still have some very hot days as well, and some more rain will be very welcome as it is almost time for baby season in the bush. During this month, we started to see newborn impala, wildebeest and zebra around every turn and bush. There are still loads of pregnant females just waiting for the perfect time to introduce their precious little miracles to the African bush.

Small buffalo herd by Louis Liversage

Small buffalo herd by Louis Liversage

The lodge is looking amazing after the rain we received during the past two months. The Bougainvilleas are in bloom, the trees have bright green leaves and the gardens over all have taken on the summer look. With summer here, we also see much more caterpillars, butterflies, insects and other reptile species. We have also seen plenty of Baboon spiders and different scorpions around the outside areas of the lodge. They mainly hide during the day and come out to hunt at night. Our rangers have been doing a great job moving the somehow uninvited guests to a more private spot when they wonder into the public areas. If you are planning a trip to the bush soon, keep an eye out for these beautiful critters.

Nkuhuma pride with Neil in backround - by Dawie Jacobs

Nkuhuma pride with Neil in background – by Dawie Jacobs

The open area in front of the lodge has transformed into an elephant sanctuary! It feels like every day, 10 minutes after we beat the drum for lunch, the herds in our area start making their way towards the waterhole in front of the lodge. Our guests have been overwhelmed with their peace and grace as they move past. Some just stop for a quick drink while others submerge themselves in the fresh water to fight off the heat. With our resident hippo also in the water there are some days where the species do not get along very well as Mr hippo is not very happy to sharing his dam. I have seen him chasing zebra and impala all around the waterhole before moving off into the bush.

We currently have an active hyena den on our property. The trapcam was placed at the den for a few days to see if we can capture some of their daily movements. We got a great shot of their early evening activities. It is very interesting how active the den is as soon as the sun sets. Just as the last rays of sunshine disappear, hyenas start moving. Well, we now know where they are when it is dark. The big question; what are they doing during the day?

Trapcam photo

Trapcam photo

This month we had only two birthdays at the lodge. Feitah celebrated her birthday on the 23rd. Feitah has been part of our little family for many years and have celebrated quite a lot of birthdays at the lodge. Helen celebrated her special day on the 29th. Helen is part of our lovely team of housekeepers, keeping our lodge in tip top shape. Happy birthday ladies, I am sure there will be many more to come! To all our readers who celebrated their birthdays during November, we hope you also had a fantastic day, filled with happiness and laughter!

This month, chef Juandré is sharing a very easy but mouth watering recipe. With only a few ingredients, the marshmallow tart will blow your taste buds away!

Marshmallow Pie

Ingredients

Marshmallow Pie

Marshmallow Pie

32 Large marshmallows
1/3 Cup milk
1 Cup whipping cream
1 Basic pie crust, fully cooked and cooled
Chocolate sauce  for serving

Method

Combine the marshmallows and milk in a large saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the marshmallows have melted.
Remove from the heat and transfer to the refrigerator for about 20minutes until thickened but not set.
Beat the whipping cream to stiff peaks. Stir about one-fourth of the cream into the marshmallow mixture. Fold in the remaining cream.
Spread the mixture into the pie crust. Refrigerate for about 3 hours until fully set.
Serve drizzled with chocolate sauce and a mint leaf.

Makes 1 tart or 8 to 12 servings.

Serve and enjoy!

All the best till next month
Tersia Fouché

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