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Manager’s Report January 2016

Manager’s Report January 2016

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 2016. At the lodge, we are buzzing as always. January was a very hot month overall and the...

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Big 5 Sightings 24 to 30 November 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Nkuhuma male lion feasting on an adult buffalo cow at Simbambili Dam Monday, 24 November 2014 (36ºC, 19mm rain) Thandi, the female leopard, and her two cubs feeding on an impala kill on Gowrie Main Ten buffalo bulls...

All you need to know about sunscreen

Most of us enjoy lying in the sun in order to achieve that nice, tanned look. We should, however, be aware of the damage sunbathing can cause. Your skin type is an important factor in determining the extent of skin damage you are prone to experience. People with fair...

Big 5 Sightings 17 to 23 November 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see one of the Matimba male lions mating with a young lioness at Anette’s Dam Monday, 17 November 2014 (28ºC) A breeding herd of about 20 elephants feeding on Safron Road Four Birmingham male lions resting on the western side of...

Rangers Report October 2014

Summer has officially arrived and we welcomed more birds of prey and other migrants. We also saw our first dung beetles rolling their dung balls down the road, sometimes even fighting over a pile of dung. Our first rain arrived when a massive thunder storm with strong...

Manager’s Report October 2014

Wild Photo of the Month As we sweep the 10th month of 2014 out of the door, just two months are left until we celebrate a brand new year. I can hardly believe that 2015 is just around the corner! I am happy to report that the bush is slowly, but surely recovering...

Big 5 Sightings 20 to 26 October 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see two Matimba male lions feeding on a hippo kill at Big Dam. Monday, 20 October 2014 (27ºC) The Breakaway lion pride with two Majingi male lions feeding a buffalo kill on Solar Panel Road A breeding herd of about fifteen...

Big 5 Sightings 13 to 19 October 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see a Burrowing Scorpion attacking a Millipede on game drive. Monday, 13 October 2014 (27ºC) Mvula, the male leopard, still feeding on his impala kill east of Ingwe Pan Kwatile, the female leopard, resting on MM Boundary Bahuti,...

Big 5 Sightings 06 to 12 October 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see a big bull elephant feeding on Safari airstrip. Monday, 6 October 2014 (26ºC) One elephant bull feeding on Safari airstrip Salayexe, the female leopard, moving east from Pungwe Pan One buffalo bull feeding at Treehouse Pan...

Rangers Report September 2014

At last spring has arrived and all the trees are getting beautiful and colourful flowers and new, green leaves. This month really felt like we were in heaven with the incredible and mind blowing sightings that we experienced. It was really like a beautiful puzzle,...

Manager’s Report September 2014

Wild Photo of the Month Spring is in the air and the landscape is slowly changing. Some of the trees around camp are showing off new, small green leaves and before we know it, the whole bush will be transformed into a green oasis. Now that the sun is rising earlier...

Big 5 Sightings 22 to 28 September 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Breakaway pride of lions and three Majingi male lions feasting on a buffalo kill on Puff adder Road. Monday, 22 September 2014. (28ºC) A breeding herd of about ten elephants feeding around Bushcamp East Mvula, the male...

Big 5 sightings 15 to 21 September 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Salayexe, the female leopard, hunting and killing a steenbuck on Jerry Drive.     Monday, 15 September 2014 (34ºC) A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on Bushcamp West Four buffalo bulls feeding on Old...

Big 5 Sightings 08 to 14 September 2014

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see three Majingi male lions feeding on a buffalo kill on Seepline.   Monday, 8 September 2014 (30ºC) A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding at Shirley’s open area Tingana, the male leopard, still feeding on his...

Manager’s Report August 2014

Wild Photo of the Month This month it rained... thunderstorms of leaves every day! We are very fortunate to have a lot of lovely trees around the lodge, providing us with loads of shade. One thing that Mother Nature takes care of is trees, shedding their leaves to...