Manager’s ReportSeptember 2017
Wild photo of the month by David Alperovitz, USA
Spring is in the air! Birds are singing, trees are blooming and the bush is a slowly turning into a painted canvas of green delight!
It seems as if everything almost transformed overnight, after we received an extremely welcome shower of rain just before the last day of the month. This was definitely not expected and the sudden downpour even caught the weatherman off-guard. The smell of the bush after the rain is truly amazing. A scent of new life! It is clearly noticeable that we are moving towards summer. The days have been pleasantly warm and the mornings and evenings are slowly losing that cold, crisp feeling. With temperatures and daylight representing summer, we also changed the game drive times this month. Game drives now depart at 05:30am and 16:00pm. This change was implemented just at the right time, as we experienced some very hot days during the latter part of September. If you are visiting the lodge in the next few months, be sure to bring along hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
As some of you, who travelled to our lodge recently might know, there were some big changes happening at the Gowrie Gate. For the past couple of months, contractors were hard at work to transform the old gate into a jaw dropping entrance into the Sabi Sand. At last, the new Gowrie Gate is open and functioning like you can’t believe. The new gate has different entry and exit lanes, ensuring that guests have a pleasant experience when arriving and departing our beautiful reserve. Thank you for all your patience during the construction period. From now on, everything will be smooth sailing.
Our trapcam was placed at Leeukuil Pan this month. With the hot days we had, I assumed that we will see the normal elephant and impala activity at the water. To our surprise, a female leopard also came to visit one afternoon. Tiyani, daughter of the late Salayexe, basically grew up around our camp. We often see her close to the lodge, sometimes she even comes by for a quick visit, before peacefully moving on again. Luckily, the camera was just in time to quickly get a picture of her, before she moved along.
This month there were plenty of staff birthdays. We started of early with chefs Juandré on the 2nd and Goodwill on the 4th. These gentlemen are two of the reasons our guest never go hungry. They are the thorns amongst the roses in the kitchen, cooking up a storm every day. Linky, who celebrated her birthday on the 5th is one of the ladies that makes sure that all our Rondavels are spotless. She is a very humble person and always has the sweetest smile. Then on the 6th there was another birthday. Lovemore, our green fingered gardener, celebrated his special day on the 6th. Ten days later, Onnie had her birthday on the 16th. Onnie is one of our waitresses who attend to your needs with a smile. Then, as if the kitchen did not have enough celebration, Yolandi, our Sous chef celebrated her birthday on the 27th. A big happy birthday to all of you! To all our readers who celebrated their birthdays during September, we hope you also had a fantastic day, filled with happiness and laughter.
Head chef Mia is sharing a recipe for the most delicious fresh Strawberry, Baby Spinach and Avocado salad this month. This is a very easy recipe which can be mastered by bout young and old. Served with basically anything of your choice, this is the perfect salad to compliment your lunch on a warm, African summer day.
Avocado, Strawberry and Baby Spinach Salad
1 Packets fresh baby spinach
1 Packets strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 Avocado, diced
1/4 Cup sliced almonds, toasted
Poppy seed dressing ingredients
1/3 Cup avocado oil
1 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
Salt and pepper
Layered all ingredients together with your desired amount of dressing until combined.
Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar.
Serve and enjoy!
All the best till next month.