Manager’s Report January 2018

Manager’s Report

January 2018
Wild photo of the month - Salayexe and cub by Paul, Sue and Mark Johnstone

Wild photo of the month - elephant mud bath by Paul, Sue and Mark Johnstone

Like I always say: “Time flies, when you’re having fun!”   It feels like just a few days ago that we had our new year’s dinner and we are already going into the second month of 2018. By now, I am sure that most people are back home after the festive season. Some might be back at work and others at school. I wish everyone the best for 2018!

Male giraffe by Morné Fouché

Elephant family by Morné Fouché

January was a very hot month overall and the rain we received was indeed a huge relief. One can almost hear the grass growing after the rain! We entered the new year with a bit of hail and ended this month with two very sudden and unexpected rain storms. Guests were still enjoying lunch outside on the deck and never expected to be caught completely off guard on game drive.   The rangers quickly made their way back to the lodge. Needles to say, it was a very wet return!

Male giraffe by Morné Fouché

Birmingham brothers on patrol by Morné Fouché

We saw loads of familiar faces around the lodge this month. It is always wonderful to know that guests enjoy their stay with us. What is even better, is when they return for a 2nd, 3rd or even a 4th time! I would like to thank each and every guest who returned, to visit us. It is great to build a relationship with our EP friends. If you visited our lodge in the past and would like to return for another amazing experience, please be sure to contact our reservation office. For those of you who have some short notice leave days, or an urge to come and relax in the bush, our live online availability tool will assist you to effortlessly make a last-minute booking.

Our maintenance team is making great progress with the current bush clearing project. Although we still have plenty of work to do, the current results are already making a great difference. We also have another project taking off soon. For this one, there is some renovating and exciting new developments happening. Although I would love to share the end result, we are rather keeping it as a surprise, to reveal once complete. Watch this space… it is coming soon!

Trapcam photo

Trapcam photo

This month we placed our trapcam on our delivery road, close to the lodge. I sometimes wonder if the animals know that they are being watched, because they seem to be on their best behaviour… Well, most of the time at least, as you can see. We often have baboons moving through our camp in search of the juicy marula fruits. They are extremely clever. The troop will sit under the marula tree and send two of the younger ones up to the fruit bearing branches. The youngsters in the tree will shake and jump on the branches, sending the fruit to below. The troop on the ground is then showered with the falling marula fruit. And there you have it – a fun, baboon picnic!

We celebrated only one birthday at the lodge this month. Happy celebrated his birthday on the first day of January. Happy is one of our tip top waiters and also assist in the bar from time to time. To all our readers who celebrated their birthdays during January, we hope you also had a fantastic day, filled with happiness and laughter.

Our recipe for the month is a mouth watering one! Chef Yolandi bakes the most amazing chocolate brownies. The great thing about these brownies is that they can be frozen for about 30 days after being baked. You can also add any topping of your choice, like almond flakes, nuts, cherries or even fresh fruit. For a kiddies’ birthday party, top with jelly beans for a fun, colourful treat.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients

1 cup Melted Butter
1 cup Cocoa
2 cups Sugar
4 eggs
4 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup flour
½ tsp salt
2 cups chocolate drops

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 15 cm x 30 cm baking tray with baking paper.
In an electric mixer, mix together the butter, cocoa and sugar till smooth and well combined.
Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure it is mixed in well. Then add the vanilla.
Mix the flour and salt together and add the flour to the wet mixture, making sure all the flour is mixed in, don’t over mix the batter.
Add the chocolate drops and mix just till combined.
Pour the batter into prepared baking tray and bake for 20-25 min.
Leave to cool down before you turn it out to cut.
Cut into square blocks.

For the Ganache Icing

Ingredients

1 cup cream
2 cups brown chocolate

Method

Add the cream and the chocolate together in a microwave bowl and put in the microwave for 6 min stirring it every 2 min.
Once the chocolate has melted, remove from microwave and let it cool down slightly.
Pour a spoon over each brownie and allow dripping off the sides.

Makes 12 brownies.
Serve and enjoy!

All the best till next month,
Tersia Fouché

Manager’s Report January 2018

Like I always say: “Time flies, when you’re having fun!”   It feels like just a few days ago that we had our new year's dinner and we are already going into the second month of 2018. By now, I am sure that most people are back home after the festive season. Some might...

Manager’s Report December 2017

December was a great month to end the year. We had lovely animal sightings, shared happiness and laughter over the festivities of Christmas and New Year and just before we said our last goodbyes to 2017, we received a heavy downpour of rain and hail.  Our New Year's...

Manager’s Report November 2017

The final countdown has arrived… just one more month until we welcome the new year. With the bush now once again wearing its bright summer colours, we are looking forward to an eventful summer! Game viewing has been amazing and with all the new babies that were born...

Manager’s Report October 2017

Wow! What happened to the year!? It feels like 2017 started yesterday and now we only have two months to go before the end of the year. I guess you can say that “time flies when you’re having fun!” There is always lots of fun to be had in the bush. We had a little bit...

Manager’s Report September 2017

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...

Manager’s Report August 2017

August is the month of leaves!  At first, we thought that we welcomed the beginning of spring a bit earlier this year. But just as we got comfortable with the idea of the pleasant spring days, we were surprised by some very chilly winds during the last few days of the...

Rangers Report January 2018

We could not ask for a better way to kick off 2018. It was an absolute pleasure to be out in the bush this month. The sightings were phenomenal and there was never a dull moment. The weather was up and down, but the rain was a huge, welcome relieve. The average...

Rangers Report December 2017

And so all good things have to come to an end. It is hard to imagine that we’ve reached the end of 2017. Looking back on this year, one realizes once again just how fantastic the sightings were. December is normally a really hot and wet month. It was a little...

Rangers Report November 2017

  Finally, the long wait is over and the first babies of the season started arriving during November. The first impalas arrived between 10 and 13 November. November is the start of the rainy season and that directly translates into baby season. The majority of the...

Rangers Report October 2017

What an awesome time out in the bush. The temperatures were pleasant most of the time, but the month ended with a heat wave of note! The average maximum temperature for October was a wonderful 32°C. We were once again on the tip of our seats, with all the amazing...

Rangers Report September 2017

Spring is finally here and with it, came some wonderful rain and temperatures. With 18mm of rain, the bush received a total facelift in the form of wonderfully bright, green colours. The average maximum temperature for this month was 32°C. All the browsers in the area...

Rangers Report August 2017

It is strange how the unexpected can happen at any time and any place. The month started off with a bang and everything was out and about, going really well, until that one day. As most of you know by now Salayexe, our resident female leopard, passed away on the 18th...

Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 April

Highlight of the week was the Avoca male lions    Monday, 16 April 2018 (29ºC)   A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open Moya the female leopard cub on a Impala kill at Leopard drift road Two buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe island Nkuhuma pride...

Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 April

The Big 5 highlight of the week was, Sibuye the female leopard and her Cub   Monday,9 April 2018 (29ºC) Styx pride of lions resting South of Ingwe pan Hosanna the male leopard on a grey duiker kill at Mike’s kitchen One elephant bull walking on Rhino midden road One...

Big 5 Sightings 2 to 8 April

Monday,2 April 2018 (29ºC)   Ingrid dam the female leopard resting at Chestnut Open Area A breeding herd of about 40 elephants walking west from Horseshoe Open A breeding herd of about ten buffalos resting at Drongo North Road Xidulu the female leopard resting at...

Big 5 Sightings 26 March to 1 April

Monday,26 March  2018 (32ºC) Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Puffader Road Tsalala pride of lions resting at Serengeti Pan A pack of 8 wild dogs resting at 2nd Windmill Road One buffalo bull walking along Rhino Ring South A breeding herd of about 20 elephants...

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 March

Monday, 19 March 2018 (36ºC) Tiyani, the female leopard still feeding on the impala kill east of Elephant Plains airstrip One young lioness moving east from Big Dam A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road Two buffalo bulls resting in the water...

Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 March 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to spend some quality time with Sebuye and her two small cubs.   Monday, 12 March 2018 (36ºC) A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road Eleven sub adult lions of the Mhangene pride chasing the Styx pride of...

Manager’s Report December 2017

Manager’s Report

December 2017
Wild photo of the month - Salayexe and cub by Paul, Sue and Mark Johnstone

Wild photo of the month - elephant mud bath by Paul, Sue and Mark Johnstone

December was a great month to end the year. We had lovely animal sightings, shared happiness and laughter over the festivities of Christmas and New Year and just before we said our last goodbyes to 2017, we received a heavy downpour of rain and hail.  Our New Year’s dinner was almost served on ice!

The rain we received was just enough to turn the dry Manyeleti river into a little trickle. Luckily, the weather cleared up just in time and the river did not pick up. We were definitely not looking forward to entering the new year with a flood.  After the rain, we were entertained by a choir of frogs singing the most amazing songs around the ponds and fountains. The sounds they make are so powerful that some of our guests were looking around for a radio playing the sounds.   We definitely had a fresh start to the new year.

During December I also travelled down to Cape Town for a short visit to Little Rock.  The guesthouse celebrated its first birthday during December and has truly transformed into a “house away from home”. Guests have been showering us with compliments on their stay.  Although the Cape area receive more seasonal travellers, we still often get enquiries for a relaxing stay during the quiet season.  If you are ever travelling on the garden route, be sure to visit the little piece of heaven next to the sea in Jongensfontein.  You will depart relaxed and refreshed; ready to take on the world.  For enquiries, contact Little Rock at res@littlerockguesthouse.com, or visit the website to make a booking online www.littlerockguesthouse.com.

Male giraffe by Morné Fouché

African Hawk Eagle by Morné Fouché

At the lodge things were buzzing as always.  Hendrik and the maintenance team are hard at work with a big bush clearing project.  They are spraying alien plants on our property, in order to prevent and control further spread during the wet season.  Our airstrip also received some TLC after the rain and is back in top condition, ready for the flights arriving with our guests.  After the baby boom last month, we have plenty of “oo’s” and “aa’s” and “it’s so cute” flying around camp.  The impala population has doubled and the little ones are truly super adorable when grouped together. It can almost pass as an impala day care centre around Elephant Plains.

On the 25th and 31st, our team did a wonderful job decorating the dining room for Christmas and New Year’s dinner.  The chefs once again went over the top with a wide selection of meats, salads and a heavenly dessert buffet. Thank you to each and every guest who chose our lodge to celebrate these specials days and a special thank you to each and every staff member who gave their 100% during the holiday season. We truly appreciate it!  For those of you who travelled during the festive season, near or far, I hope you had a wonderful time and a safe journey home. During December we also had a lot of children in camp.  Elephant Plains is one of only a few child friendly lodges in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin and we enjoy having the younger generation with us. If you would like to treat your family to an African bush experience in 2018, be sure to contact our reservations team for availability and rates at reservations@elephantplains.co.za.

Trapcam photo

Trapcam photo

Our trapcam caught a small dazzle of zebra moving along the road close to the resident hyena den.  The picture truly shows the positive effect the rain had. The bush is lush and green and the animals are in a great condition. Now who would have expected to find a zebra crossing in the middle of the bush…?!

This month we celebrated only one birthday at the lodge. Little Martin Swart celebrated his birthday on the 11th. Martin is a busy body, but can melt your heart with his friendly smile.  We trust he enjoyed his special day! To all our readers who celebrated their birthdays during December, we hope you also had a fantastic day, filled with happiness and laughter!

Our recipe of the month will definitely knock you off your feet! Thank you head chef Mia for sharing this amazing recipe with us.  This decadent piece of happiness was one of the items on our Christmas dinner menu. I cannot imagine a better dessert to end off a warm African day.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Christmas Meringues

Ingredients

150 g Egg whites
150 g Castor sugar
150 g Icing sugar
5 ml Cream of Tartar

Method

Preheat oven to 120°C.
Cover a baking tray with foil and spray with Spray and Cook.  Draw circles on the foil to use as a piping guideline.
Beat the egg whites until soft peaks.
Add the castor sugar to the egg mixture and continue to mix until the stiff peak stage. The mixture should have a glossy white colour.
Fold the icing sugar and cream of tartar into the egg mixture.
Pipe the mixture on the foil circles.
Bake in the oven for 25 min.  Switch off the oven but leave the meringues in the oven.  Do not open the door.  Leave in the closed oven for about 3 hours to gradually cool down.
Your meringues can now be filled with any topping of your choice.  We used a freshly whipped cream filling and topped with berries.
Makes 12 individual servings.

My wish for each and everyone for 2018 is a year full of peace and happiness. Let’s grab 2018 by the horns!

All the best till next month
Tersia Fouché

Manager’s Report January 2018

Like I always say: “Time flies, when you’re having fun!”   It feels like just a few days ago that we had our new year's dinner and we are already going into the second month of 2018. By now, I am sure that most people are back home after the festive season. Some might...

Manager’s Report December 2017

December was a great month to end the year. We had lovely animal sightings, shared happiness and laughter over the festivities of Christmas and New Year and just before we said our last goodbyes to 2017, we received a heavy downpour of rain and hail.  Our New Year's...

Manager’s Report November 2017

The final countdown has arrived… just one more month until we welcome the new year. With the bush now once again wearing its bright summer colours, we are looking forward to an eventful summer! Game viewing has been amazing and with all the new babies that were born...

Manager’s Report October 2017

Wow! What happened to the year!? It feels like 2017 started yesterday and now we only have two months to go before the end of the year. I guess you can say that “time flies when you’re having fun!” There is always lots of fun to be had in the bush. We had a little bit...

Manager’s Report September 2017

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...

Manager’s Report August 2017

August is the month of leaves!  At first, we thought that we welcomed the beginning of spring a bit earlier this year. But just as we got comfortable with the idea of the pleasant spring days, we were surprised by some very chilly winds during the last few days of the...

Rangers Report January 2018

We could not ask for a better way to kick off 2018. It was an absolute pleasure to be out in the bush this month. The sightings were phenomenal and there was never a dull moment. The weather was up and down, but the rain was a huge, welcome relieve. The average...

Rangers Report December 2017

And so all good things have to come to an end. It is hard to imagine that we’ve reached the end of 2017. Looking back on this year, one realizes once again just how fantastic the sightings were. December is normally a really hot and wet month. It was a little...

Rangers Report November 2017

  Finally, the long wait is over and the first babies of the season started arriving during November. The first impalas arrived between 10 and 13 November. November is the start of the rainy season and that directly translates into baby season. The majority of the...

Rangers Report October 2017

What an awesome time out in the bush. The temperatures were pleasant most of the time, but the month ended with a heat wave of note! The average maximum temperature for October was a wonderful 32°C. We were once again on the tip of our seats, with all the amazing...

Rangers Report September 2017

Spring is finally here and with it, came some wonderful rain and temperatures. With 18mm of rain, the bush received a total facelift in the form of wonderfully bright, green colours. The average maximum temperature for this month was 32°C. All the browsers in the area...

Rangers Report August 2017

It is strange how the unexpected can happen at any time and any place. The month started off with a bang and everything was out and about, going really well, until that one day. As most of you know by now Salayexe, our resident female leopard, passed away on the 18th...

Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 April

Highlight of the week was the Avoca male lions    Monday, 16 April 2018 (29ºC)   A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open Moya the female leopard cub on a Impala kill at Leopard drift road Two buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe island Nkuhuma pride...

Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 April

The Big 5 highlight of the week was, Sibuye the female leopard and her Cub   Monday,9 April 2018 (29ºC) Styx pride of lions resting South of Ingwe pan Hosanna the male leopard on a grey duiker kill at Mike’s kitchen One elephant bull walking on Rhino midden road One...

Big 5 Sightings 2 to 8 April

Monday,2 April 2018 (29ºC)   Ingrid dam the female leopard resting at Chestnut Open Area A breeding herd of about 40 elephants walking west from Horseshoe Open A breeding herd of about ten buffalos resting at Drongo North Road Xidulu the female leopard resting at...

Big 5 Sightings 26 March to 1 April

Monday,26 March  2018 (32ºC) Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Puffader Road Tsalala pride of lions resting at Serengeti Pan A pack of 8 wild dogs resting at 2nd Windmill Road One buffalo bull walking along Rhino Ring South A breeding herd of about 20 elephants...

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 March

Monday, 19 March 2018 (36ºC) Tiyani, the female leopard still feeding on the impala kill east of Elephant Plains airstrip One young lioness moving east from Big Dam A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road Two buffalo bulls resting in the water...

Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 March 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to spend some quality time with Sebuye and her two small cubs.   Monday, 12 March 2018 (36ºC) A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road Eleven sub adult lions of the Mhangene pride chasing the Styx pride of...

Manager’s Report November 2017

Manager’s Report

November 2017
Wild photo of the month - Salayexe and cub by Paul, Sue and Mark Johnstone

Wild photo of the month - Salayexe and cub by Paul, Sue and Mark Johnstone

The final countdown has arrived… just one more month until we welcome the new year. With the bush now once again wearing its bright summer colours, we are looking forward to an eventful summer! Game viewing has been amazing and with all the new babies that were born during this month, there was never a dull moment. We also ended the month with a few very welcome cool days and rain. The forecast going into December shows some very hot days. If you are visiting us during the next few weeks, please be sure to pack your hat and sunscreen. Each year November, we have a “birding day” at the lodge where our staff members form a team to compete against our next-door neighbours, Arathusa Private Lodge. This has become a yearly tradition, with the winning team being awarded a birding trophy. This is always great fun! The competition does not have a lot of rules and the main goal is to identify as many different bird species as possible, between 05:00am and 07:00pm. So, between these hours, if you see or hear it, you can claim it! Last year, Elephant Plains won the competition. This year, we were unfortunately defeated by 4 species, but we accepted our second place with great pride. With the birding trophy displayed in our reception area, we are already looking forward to next year, when we can hopefully once again engrave our own name on the plaque, as the 2018 winners.
Male giraffe by Morné Fouché

Male giraffe by Morné Fouché

This month we started a big maintenance project at the lodge, behind the scenes and a few feet above the ground… We are giving our thatched roofs a little makeover. What does this all include, one would ask. Well, think of it as going to the hair salon for a cut, colour and blow-dry. As thatch roofs age over the years, the top layers of grass start to rot and they take on a pale, black appearance. Sometimes a roof can also develop a small leak, due to our resident vervet monkeys sometimes pulling out blades of grass, while playing on their self-discovered jungle gyms. Firstly, a special brush is used to remove all the rotten pieces and straighten the grass back into place. Just like brushing your hair. On some of the places, bundles of grass are also replaced where needed, to cover the thinning spots. Lastly, the edges are neatly pushed back into place, leaving the roof looking brand new. It is quite amazing to see the contractors in action. What a big difference a good brush can make! We are done with the main lodge area and the majority of the rooms. Just a few more strokes and all the roofs will be good as new again.
Trapcam photo

Trapcam photo

With the active hyena den on our property, it is hard to resist the temptation to spy on them. The trapcam was placed at the den and in a very short period of just 4 days, the memory card was completely filled up with 2700 pictures. We now have a very good idea of what their daily activities are: eat, play, sleep, repeat. This month we had only one birthday 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 condition. Happy birthday Helen, 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, sous chef Yolandi, shares a mouth-watering recipe. Red Velvet Cupcakes are perfect for that special afternoon tea with family and friends.
Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients

160 ml Cake flour 100 ml Castor sugar 1.25 ml Salt 5 ml Cocoa 1.25 ml Bicarbonate of Soda 100 ml Sunflower oil 60 ml Buttermilk 1 Egg 15 ml Red food colouring 1.25 ml White vinegar 1.25 ml Vanilla 

Icing

50 g Soft butter 60 g Cream cheese 250 ml Icing sugar 2.25 ml Lemon juice/ a little squeeze of a lemon to taste and/or 2.5ml vanilla

Method

Preheat your oven to 180°C. Prepare your muffin tin by lining each hollow with a paper case. In a bowl, sieve together the dry ingredients (flour, castor sugar, salt, cocoa and bicarb) and set aside. In another larger bowl, mix all the wet ingredients (oil, buttermilk, eggs, food colouring, vinegar and vanilla). Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine. Spoon into your cupcake cases, filling each to 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. In the meantime, prepare your icing by beating the butter and cream cheese together with a wooden spoon until well combined (about 3 minutes).   Gradually add the icing sugar, beating all the while, until it forms a smooth icing.  Adjust the consistency by adding a little more icing sugar if required. Then add the lemon juice and/or the vanilla to taste. Makes 6 Large Cupcakes. Serve and enjoy! As our next report will only be sent out in early January, I would like to wish each and every one of our readers a joyful Christmas and only the best for 2018. Whether you have a holiday planned, or are just relaxing at home with the family, do make the best of every second and travel safe! All the best till next month Tersia Fouché

Manager’s Report January 2018

Like I always say: “Time flies, when you’re having fun!”   It feels like just a few days ago that we had our new year's dinner and we are already going into the second month of 2018. By now, I am sure that most people are back home after the festive season. Some might...

Manager’s Report December 2017

December was a great month to end the year. We had lovely animal sightings, shared happiness and laughter over the festivities of Christmas and New Year and just before we said our last goodbyes to 2017, we received a heavy downpour of rain and hail.  Our New Year's...

Manager’s Report November 2017

The final countdown has arrived… just one more month until we welcome the new year. With the bush now once again wearing its bright summer colours, we are looking forward to an eventful summer! Game viewing has been amazing and with all the new babies that were born...

Manager’s Report October 2017

Wow! What happened to the year!? It feels like 2017 started yesterday and now we only have two months to go before the end of the year. I guess you can say that “time flies when you’re having fun!” There is always lots of fun to be had in the bush. We had a little bit...

Manager’s Report September 2017

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...

Manager’s Report August 2017

August is the month of leaves!  At first, we thought that we welcomed the beginning of spring a bit earlier this year. But just as we got comfortable with the idea of the pleasant spring days, we were surprised by some very chilly winds during the last few days of the...

Rangers Report January 2018

We could not ask for a better way to kick off 2018. It was an absolute pleasure to be out in the bush this month. The sightings were phenomenal and there was never a dull moment. The weather was up and down, but the rain was a huge, welcome relieve. The average...

Rangers Report December 2017

And so all good things have to come to an end. It is hard to imagine that we’ve reached the end of 2017. Looking back on this year, one realizes once again just how fantastic the sightings were. December is normally a really hot and wet month. It was a little...

Rangers Report November 2017

  Finally, the long wait is over and the first babies of the season started arriving during November. The first impalas arrived between 10 and 13 November. November is the start of the rainy season and that directly translates into baby season. The majority of the...

Rangers Report October 2017

What an awesome time out in the bush. The temperatures were pleasant most of the time, but the month ended with a heat wave of note! The average maximum temperature for October was a wonderful 32°C. We were once again on the tip of our seats, with all the amazing...

Rangers Report September 2017

Spring is finally here and with it, came some wonderful rain and temperatures. With 18mm of rain, the bush received a total facelift in the form of wonderfully bright, green colours. The average maximum temperature for this month was 32°C. All the browsers in the area...

Rangers Report August 2017

It is strange how the unexpected can happen at any time and any place. The month started off with a bang and everything was out and about, going really well, until that one day. As most of you know by now Salayexe, our resident female leopard, passed away on the 18th...

Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 April

Highlight of the week was the Avoca male lions    Monday, 16 April 2018 (29ºC)   A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open Moya the female leopard cub on a Impala kill at Leopard drift road Two buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe island Nkuhuma pride...

Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 April

The Big 5 highlight of the week was, Sibuye the female leopard and her Cub   Monday,9 April 2018 (29ºC) Styx pride of lions resting South of Ingwe pan Hosanna the male leopard on a grey duiker kill at Mike’s kitchen One elephant bull walking on Rhino midden road One...

Big 5 Sightings 2 to 8 April

Monday,2 April 2018 (29ºC)   Ingrid dam the female leopard resting at Chestnut Open Area A breeding herd of about 40 elephants walking west from Horseshoe Open A breeding herd of about ten buffalos resting at Drongo North Road Xidulu the female leopard resting at...

Big 5 Sightings 26 March to 1 April

Monday,26 March  2018 (32ºC) Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Puffader Road Tsalala pride of lions resting at Serengeti Pan A pack of 8 wild dogs resting at 2nd Windmill Road One buffalo bull walking along Rhino Ring South A breeding herd of about 20 elephants...

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 March

Monday, 19 March 2018 (36ºC) Tiyani, the female leopard still feeding on the impala kill east of Elephant Plains airstrip One young lioness moving east from Big Dam A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road Two buffalo bulls resting in the water...

Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 March 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to spend some quality time with Sebuye and her two small cubs.   Monday, 12 March 2018 (36ºC) A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road Eleven sub adult lions of the Mhangene pride chasing the Styx pride of...

Manager’s Report October 2017

Manager’s Report

October 2017
Wild photo of the month by Rogier, Melissa en Tuur Nieuwendijk, Mortsel, Antwerp, Belgium

Wild photo of the month by Rogier, Melissa en Tuur Nieuwendijk, Mortsel, Antwerp, Belgium

Wow! What happened to the year!? It feels like 2017 started yesterday and now we only have two months to go before the end of the year. I guess you can say that “time flies when you’re having fun!” There is always lots of fun to be had in the bush.

We had a little bit of rain during the month and the bush has now transformed to its summer colours. Bright flowers are also starting to bloom on some of the trees. We had some very hot days during October and more rain will be very welcome, as it is almost time for baby season in the bush. During the next month, we will start seeing new born impala, wildebeest and zebra around every corner, as there are loads of expecting females, just waiting for the perfect time to introduce their precious little miracles to the African bush.

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, in order to fight off the heat. With our resident hippo also in the water, there are some days where the two species do not get along very well, as Mr. Hippo is not very open to sharing his waterhole. I have seen him chasing zebra and impala all around the waterhole, before grumpily moving off into the bush.

Now that we had our first rains after the winter, our maintenance team has been spending some time on the roads. In order to keep them in a good condition, we have to give special attention to roads where erosion is prone to take place during the rainy season. After a few trips with the tractor and general maintenance, such as opening up mitre drains, the roads are once again in a good condition and ready for the rest of the rainy season. Those of you who have visited the lodge before, would remember the bumps in the road, leading to the lodge. These are not speed bumps, but act as barriers to prevent water flowing down the road, washing away the top soil, which in turn causes erosion. With these bumps in place the water runs up against them, redirecting it into the bush, away from the road.

Trapcam photo

Trapcam photo

This month we placed our Trapcam at Leeukuil Pan again.  After the luck we struck with the leopard last month, I thought that we could give it another bash.  The cam caught this lovely elephant, feeding around the water. Now, we just need a little more rain to fill up the pan and maybe next month we will have swimming elephants! 

We had three staff birthdays at the lodge this month. A big happy birthday goes out to Tannie Margie, who celebrated her birthday on the 6th of this month. The 10th day of the 10th month was a very special day for Hendrik, who celebrated his birthday on this day. Hendrik is our own DIY maintenance man, keeping the lodge and surrounds in tip-top condition. Then, just before the month came to an end, one of our Trackers, Life, celebrated his birthday. Life joined our little family during March this year but it feels like he has been with us for years.  With his warm, friendly personality he is a highlight on every game drive. I do hope that you all got spoiled on the day, and hope that you will celebrate many more joyful birthdays at Elephant Plains. To all our readers who celebrated their birthdays during October, we hope you also had a fantastic day, filled with happiness and laughter.

For the recipe of the month, head chef Mia is spoiling us with a very easy and delicious Strawberry Mousse recipe.  Enjoyed by young and old, you will not disappoint anyone with this easy recipe.

Strawberry Mousse

Strawberry Mousse

15 Fresh Strawberries
260gr White chocolate, broken into pieces, or white chocolate chips
500ml Whipping cream

Melt the white chocolate and 125 ml of the cream by using the double boiler method.
Be careful not to overcook the chocolate. Melt it to a smooth consistency. Allow it to cool down to room temperature.
Whisk the remaining cream till soft peaks are formed.
Gently fold in the whisked cream to the melted chocolate, in batches.
Puree the strawberries.
Gently mix the strawberry puree into the chocolate cream with a spatula.
Pour the chocolate cream mixture into individual serving bowls.
Chill for 2-3 hours, serve and enjoy!

Makes 4 Servings

All the best till next month.
Tersia Fouché

Manager’s Report January 2018

Like I always say: “Time flies, when you’re having fun!”   It feels like just a few days ago that we had our new year's dinner and we are already going into the second month of 2018. By now, I am sure that most people are back home after the festive season. Some might...

Manager’s Report December 2017

December was a great month to end the year. We had lovely animal sightings, shared happiness and laughter over the festivities of Christmas and New Year and just before we said our last goodbyes to 2017, we received a heavy downpour of rain and hail.  Our New Year's...

Manager’s Report November 2017

The final countdown has arrived… just one more month until we welcome the new year. With the bush now once again wearing its bright summer colours, we are looking forward to an eventful summer! Game viewing has been amazing and with all the new babies that were born...

Manager’s Report October 2017

Wow! What happened to the year!? It feels like 2017 started yesterday and now we only have two months to go before the end of the year. I guess you can say that “time flies when you’re having fun!” There is always lots of fun to be had in the bush. We had a little bit...

Manager’s Report September 2017

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...

Manager’s Report August 2017

August is the month of leaves!  At first, we thought that we welcomed the beginning of spring a bit earlier this year. But just as we got comfortable with the idea of the pleasant spring days, we were surprised by some very chilly winds during the last few days of the...

Rangers Report January 2018

We could not ask for a better way to kick off 2018. It was an absolute pleasure to be out in the bush this month. The sightings were phenomenal and there was never a dull moment. The weather was up and down, but the rain was a huge, welcome relieve. The average...

Rangers Report December 2017

And so all good things have to come to an end. It is hard to imagine that we’ve reached the end of 2017. Looking back on this year, one realizes once again just how fantastic the sightings were. December is normally a really hot and wet month. It was a little...

Rangers Report November 2017

  Finally, the long wait is over and the first babies of the season started arriving during November. The first impalas arrived between 10 and 13 November. November is the start of the rainy season and that directly translates into baby season. The majority of the...

Rangers Report October 2017

What an awesome time out in the bush. The temperatures were pleasant most of the time, but the month ended with a heat wave of note! The average maximum temperature for October was a wonderful 32°C. We were once again on the tip of our seats, with all the amazing...

Rangers Report September 2017

Spring is finally here and with it, came some wonderful rain and temperatures. With 18mm of rain, the bush received a total facelift in the form of wonderfully bright, green colours. The average maximum temperature for this month was 32°C. All the browsers in the area...

Rangers Report August 2017

It is strange how the unexpected can happen at any time and any place. The month started off with a bang and everything was out and about, going really well, until that one day. As most of you know by now Salayexe, our resident female leopard, passed away on the 18th...

Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 April

Highlight of the week was the Avoca male lions    Monday, 16 April 2018 (29ºC)   A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open Moya the female leopard cub on a Impala kill at Leopard drift road Two buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe island Nkuhuma pride...

Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 April

The Big 5 highlight of the week was, Sibuye the female leopard and her Cub   Monday,9 April 2018 (29ºC) Styx pride of lions resting South of Ingwe pan Hosanna the male leopard on a grey duiker kill at Mike’s kitchen One elephant bull walking on Rhino midden road One...

Big 5 Sightings 2 to 8 April

Monday,2 April 2018 (29ºC)   Ingrid dam the female leopard resting at Chestnut Open Area A breeding herd of about 40 elephants walking west from Horseshoe Open A breeding herd of about ten buffalos resting at Drongo North Road Xidulu the female leopard resting at...

Big 5 Sightings 26 March to 1 April

Monday,26 March  2018 (32ºC) Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Puffader Road Tsalala pride of lions resting at Serengeti Pan A pack of 8 wild dogs resting at 2nd Windmill Road One buffalo bull walking along Rhino Ring South A breeding herd of about 20 elephants...

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 March

Monday, 19 March 2018 (36ºC) Tiyani, the female leopard still feeding on the impala kill east of Elephant Plains airstrip One young lioness moving east from Big Dam A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road Two buffalo bulls resting in the water...

Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 March 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to spend some quality time with Sebuye and her two small cubs.   Monday, 12 March 2018 (36ºC) A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road Eleven sub adult lions of the Mhangene pride chasing the Styx pride of...

Manager’s Report September 2017

Manager’s Report

September 2017
Wild photo of the month by David Alperovitz, USA

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.

Trapcam photo

Trapcam photo

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

Avocado, Strawberry and Baby Spinach Salad

 

Salad Ingredients

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

Method

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.
Tersia Fouché

Manager’s Report January 2018

Like I always say: “Time flies, when you’re having fun!”   It feels like just a few days ago that we had our new year's dinner and we are already going into the second month of 2018. By now, I am sure that most people are back home after the festive season. Some might...

Manager’s Report December 2017

December was a great month to end the year. We had lovely animal sightings, shared happiness and laughter over the festivities of Christmas and New Year and just before we said our last goodbyes to 2017, we received a heavy downpour of rain and hail.  Our New Year's...

Manager’s Report November 2017

The final countdown has arrived… just one more month until we welcome the new year. With the bush now once again wearing its bright summer colours, we are looking forward to an eventful summer! Game viewing has been amazing and with all the new babies that were born...

Manager’s Report October 2017

Wow! What happened to the year!? It feels like 2017 started yesterday and now we only have two months to go before the end of the year. I guess you can say that “time flies when you’re having fun!” There is always lots of fun to be had in the bush. We had a little bit...

Manager’s Report September 2017

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...

Manager’s Report August 2017

August is the month of leaves!  At first, we thought that we welcomed the beginning of spring a bit earlier this year. But just as we got comfortable with the idea of the pleasant spring days, we were surprised by some very chilly winds during the last few days of the...

Rangers Report January 2018

We could not ask for a better way to kick off 2018. It was an absolute pleasure to be out in the bush this month. The sightings were phenomenal and there was never a dull moment. The weather was up and down, but the rain was a huge, welcome relieve. The average...

Rangers Report December 2017

And so all good things have to come to an end. It is hard to imagine that we’ve reached the end of 2017. Looking back on this year, one realizes once again just how fantastic the sightings were. December is normally a really hot and wet month. It was a little...

Rangers Report November 2017

  Finally, the long wait is over and the first babies of the season started arriving during November. The first impalas arrived between 10 and 13 November. November is the start of the rainy season and that directly translates into baby season. The majority of the...

Rangers Report October 2017

What an awesome time out in the bush. The temperatures were pleasant most of the time, but the month ended with a heat wave of note! The average maximum temperature for October was a wonderful 32°C. We were once again on the tip of our seats, with all the amazing...

Rangers Report September 2017

Spring is finally here and with it, came some wonderful rain and temperatures. With 18mm of rain, the bush received a total facelift in the form of wonderfully bright, green colours. The average maximum temperature for this month was 32°C. All the browsers in the area...

Rangers Report August 2017

It is strange how the unexpected can happen at any time and any place. The month started off with a bang and everything was out and about, going really well, until that one day. As most of you know by now Salayexe, our resident female leopard, passed away on the 18th...

Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 April

Highlight of the week was the Avoca male lions    Monday, 16 April 2018 (29ºC)   A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open Moya the female leopard cub on a Impala kill at Leopard drift road Two buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe island Nkuhuma pride...

Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 April

The Big 5 highlight of the week was, Sibuye the female leopard and her Cub   Monday,9 April 2018 (29ºC) Styx pride of lions resting South of Ingwe pan Hosanna the male leopard on a grey duiker kill at Mike’s kitchen One elephant bull walking on Rhino midden road One...

Big 5 Sightings 2 to 8 April

Monday,2 April 2018 (29ºC)   Ingrid dam the female leopard resting at Chestnut Open Area A breeding herd of about 40 elephants walking west from Horseshoe Open A breeding herd of about ten buffalos resting at Drongo North Road Xidulu the female leopard resting at...

Big 5 Sightings 26 March to 1 April

Monday,26 March  2018 (32ºC) Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Puffader Road Tsalala pride of lions resting at Serengeti Pan A pack of 8 wild dogs resting at 2nd Windmill Road One buffalo bull walking along Rhino Ring South A breeding herd of about 20 elephants...

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 March

Monday, 19 March 2018 (36ºC) Tiyani, the female leopard still feeding on the impala kill east of Elephant Plains airstrip One young lioness moving east from Big Dam A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road Two buffalo bulls resting in the water...

Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 March 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to spend some quality time with Sebuye and her two small cubs.   Monday, 12 March 2018 (36ºC) A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road Eleven sub adult lions of the Mhangene pride chasing the Styx pride of...

Manager’s Report August 2017

Manager’s Report

August 2017
Wild photo of the month - Salayexe and cub by Paul, Sue and Mark Johnstone

Wild photo of the month - Salayexe and cub by Paul, Sue and Mark Johnstone

August is the month of leaves!  At first, we thought that we welcomed the beginning of spring a bit earlier this year. But just as we got comfortable with the idea of the pleasant spring days, we were surprised by some very chilly winds during the last few days of the month. We were almost blown straight into September, leaves and all!  Temperatures are, however, rising day by day and as soon as we have a little rain, the bush will start transforming too.  The Jackal Berry tree in front of our dining room is just about done shedding its leaves and this cannot happen fast enough.  With big trees come lovely shade, as long as the leaves stay on the trees, though! The lodge gardens are still in full colour, with all the shades of pink and purple covering the bougainvillea bushes.  We have a wide variety of bird species around the lodge at the moment and they have provided keen photographers with some amazing foto opportunities the last couple of weeks.

Last month I mentioned that our games room in the original camp was getting a makeover.  I am excited to announce that the project has been completed.  Guests can now relax, while enjoying a book in the reading corner, or just unwind amongst the cool, fresh, green and yellow hues that were used for the project.  Why not challenge someone to a game of pool, table tennis, foosball or even darts? We tried to re-use as many of the original furniture and fittings as possible, adding a few extra pieces here and there. Even the original lamps were transformed into a beautiful masterpiece by Hendrik, our maintenance manager. The building has a homely atmosphere and we are very happy with the end result.  If you have a trip booked in the near future, be sure to come and have a look.

Trapcam photo

Trapcam photo

This month, our trapcam was placed on a very busy little game path on the open area in front of the lodge.  Wow, what a highway of different species we got!  From the smallest little genet, to a very curios elephant and everything in between. We were very surprised to even see two porcupines moving along the trail late one evening.  One picture that drew my attention was a buffalo bull with a death stare.  His view is almost fixed on the camera, as if he was waiting for it to move out of his way.

We celebrated only two staff birthdays at the lodge this month.  Happy birthday to Precious, who celebrated her birthday on the 14th.  Precious has been part of the Elephant Plains housekeeping family for many years and I am sure that she will still be, for many more to come. Gerrit, the newest addition to our ranger team, celebrated his birthday on the 24th.  To all our readers who celebrated their birthdays during August, I hope your day was filled with happiness and laughter.

Our recipe this month is a delicious Chocolate Fondant, shared by head chef Mia.  I am sure that these will be award winners at any dinner party!

Chocolate Fondant

Chocolate Fondant

Ingredients

100g Dark chocolate, chopped
10g Butter, softened
3 Large eggs
85g Muscovado sugar
100g Cake flour
2 tbsp Cocoa powder
Pinch of salt

Method

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until smooth.
Whip the eggs and muscovado sugar together in an electric mixer until triple in size.  The mixture should be light, fluffy and thick.
Sieve the flour, cocoa and salt together.  Fold the chocolate mixture and dry ingredients into the eggs alternately.
Grease and dust 6 ramekins with a little cocoa powder.  Fill greased moulds with the fondant mixture and allow to rest in the fridge until ready to bake.  The mixture can even be prepared the day before serving.
Bake at 180°C for 10-11 minutes.  Loosen the edges of the fondant form the mould.  Served turned out on a plate, with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Makes six servings

All the best till next month!
Tersia Fouché

Manager’s Report January 2018

Like I always say: “Time flies, when you’re having fun!”   It feels like just a few days ago that we had our new year's dinner and we are already going into the second month of 2018. By now, I am sure that most people are back home after the festive season. Some might...

Manager’s Report December 2017

December was a great month to end the year. We had lovely animal sightings, shared happiness and laughter over the festivities of Christmas and New Year and just before we said our last goodbyes to 2017, we received a heavy downpour of rain and hail.  Our New Year's...

Manager’s Report November 2017

The final countdown has arrived… just one more month until we welcome the new year. With the bush now once again wearing its bright summer colours, we are looking forward to an eventful summer! Game viewing has been amazing and with all the new babies that were born...

Manager’s Report October 2017

Wow! What happened to the year!? It feels like 2017 started yesterday and now we only have two months to go before the end of the year. I guess you can say that “time flies when you’re having fun!” There is always lots of fun to be had in the bush. We had a little bit...

Manager’s Report September 2017

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...

Manager’s Report August 2017

August is the month of leaves!  At first, we thought that we welcomed the beginning of spring a bit earlier this year. But just as we got comfortable with the idea of the pleasant spring days, we were surprised by some very chilly winds during the last few days of the...

Rangers Report January 2018

We could not ask for a better way to kick off 2018. It was an absolute pleasure to be out in the bush this month. The sightings were phenomenal and there was never a dull moment. The weather was up and down, but the rain was a huge, welcome relieve. The average...

Rangers Report December 2017

And so all good things have to come to an end. It is hard to imagine that we’ve reached the end of 2017. Looking back on this year, one realizes once again just how fantastic the sightings were. December is normally a really hot and wet month. It was a little...

Rangers Report November 2017

  Finally, the long wait is over and the first babies of the season started arriving during November. The first impalas arrived between 10 and 13 November. November is the start of the rainy season and that directly translates into baby season. The majority of the...

Rangers Report October 2017

What an awesome time out in the bush. The temperatures were pleasant most of the time, but the month ended with a heat wave of note! The average maximum temperature for October was a wonderful 32°C. We were once again on the tip of our seats, with all the amazing...

Rangers Report September 2017

Spring is finally here and with it, came some wonderful rain and temperatures. With 18mm of rain, the bush received a total facelift in the form of wonderfully bright, green colours. The average maximum temperature for this month was 32°C. All the browsers in the area...

Rangers Report August 2017

It is strange how the unexpected can happen at any time and any place. The month started off with a bang and everything was out and about, going really well, until that one day. As most of you know by now Salayexe, our resident female leopard, passed away on the 18th...

Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 April

Highlight of the week was the Avoca male lions    Monday, 16 April 2018 (29ºC)   A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Ngala open Moya the female leopard cub on a Impala kill at Leopard drift road Two buffalo bulls resting at Pungwe island Nkuhuma pride...

Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 April

The Big 5 highlight of the week was, Sibuye the female leopard and her Cub   Monday,9 April 2018 (29ºC) Styx pride of lions resting South of Ingwe pan Hosanna the male leopard on a grey duiker kill at Mike’s kitchen One elephant bull walking on Rhino midden road One...

Big 5 Sightings 2 to 8 April

Monday,2 April 2018 (29ºC)   Ingrid dam the female leopard resting at Chestnut Open Area A breeding herd of about 40 elephants walking west from Horseshoe Open A breeding herd of about ten buffalos resting at Drongo North Road Xidulu the female leopard resting at...

Big 5 Sightings 26 March to 1 April

Monday,26 March  2018 (32ºC) Nkuhuma pride of lions resting on Puffader Road Tsalala pride of lions resting at Serengeti Pan A pack of 8 wild dogs resting at 2nd Windmill Road One buffalo bull walking along Rhino Ring South A breeding herd of about 20 elephants...

Big 5 Sightings 19 to 25 March

Monday, 19 March 2018 (36ºC) Tiyani, the female leopard still feeding on the impala kill east of Elephant Plains airstrip One young lioness moving east from Big Dam A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding on Rhino Pan Road Two buffalo bulls resting in the water...

Big 5 Sightings 12 to 18 March 2018

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to spend some quality time with Sebuye and her two small cubs.   Monday, 12 March 2018 (36ºC) A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Wetpatch Road Eleven sub adult lions of the Mhangene pride chasing the Styx pride of...