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Manager’s Report April 2016

Manager’s Report April 2016

It is that time of year again, show time! April and May are two very busy months with tourism shows of all kinds all over. The World Travel Market took place 06 to 08 April in Cape Town and our lodge was again represented by our marketing representative, Samantha...

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Manager’s Report April 2015

April was another wonderful month at the lodge. We had some rain and the bush and surrounds have transformed from pale brown to a slightly greener colour. One can still see that we are heading into winter though. Game viewing was magical and we had many groups at the...

Rangers Report April 2015

The month of April was action packed with intense moments and full of surprises. Finally the time has arrived for the males of the different antelope species to battle it out for supremacy and hierarchy. The impala males were the first ones to announce that love is in...

Big 5 Sightings from 03 May to 10 May 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the three Ximungwe lionesses being chased up a tree by a clan of hyenas   Monday, 4 May 2015 (29ºC) Two Matimba male lions moving west from Safari airstrip Two Fourway male lions drinking water at Big Dam One Breakaway...

Big 5 Sightings 27 April to 03 May 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see thirteen wild dogs hunting impalas on EP airstrip. Monday, 27 April 2015 (30ºC) Nkuhuma lion pride feeding on a kudu kill on Southern Fork Road One buffalo bull drinking water at Rampan Tingana, the male leopard, moving north...

Big 5 Sightings 20 April to 26 April 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see 11 Breakaway lions drinking water at Simbambili Dam   Monday, 2015 (28ºC) Breakaway lion pride resting on Safari airstrip Two Matimba male lions resting at Ingwe Mati Kwatile, the female leopard, moving south from A-main...

Big 5 Sightings 13 to 19 April 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Half Tail wild dog pack moving and hunting in our area. The Half Tail pack is a pack of thirteen wild dogs and this is also the pack that denned in our area last year. Monday, 13 April 2015 (28ºC) A pack of about thirteen...

Manager’s Report March 2015

Wild Photo of the Month We are already through the first quarter or the year and the days just keep coming. March is the month where you first notice the season changing and with the low rainfall we had, the bush is already transforming to its winter appearance....

Rangers Report March 2015

Once again it was just outstanding and brilliant to be out in the bush this past month. The nightlife was excellent and we were very fortunate to see a lot of porcupines, genets, civets and even a few honey badgers. We also had wonderful sightings of giraffes, zebras,...

Big 5 Sightings 06 to 12 April 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Anderson, the male leopard, taking an impala kill into a tree and feeding on it at Wetpatch open area. Monday, 6 April 2015 (27ºC) Tingana, the male leopard, moving north from Central Road Shadow, the female leopard, and her...

Big 5 Sightings 23 to 29 March 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see one male cheetah, feeding on a duiker kill on Airport Link Road.   Monday, 23 March 2015 (33ºC) The Breakaway lion pride resting with two Majingi male lions at Big Dam Link South Nsele, the female leopard, feeding with...

Big 5 Sightings 16 to 22 March 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Tingana, the male leopard, in a tree with an Aardvark kill on Central Road Monday, 16 March 2015 (35ºC) Two Matimba male lions, resting on Lucas open area Nsele, the female leopard, resting on Robson’s boundary Tingana, the...

Big 5 Sightings 09 to 15 March 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see two male lions of the powerful Matimba male coalition marking their territory. Monday, 9 March 2015 (32ºC) Two Matimba male lions resting on Little Gowrie open area A breeding herd of about fifteen elephants feeding on...

Manager’s Report February 2015

The shortest month of the year came and went in the blink of an eye. We had loads of wonderful game drive sightings, celebrated many staff birthdays and on the 14th of February our guests were treated to a romantic Valentine's Dinner. We experienced some strange...

Rangers Report February 2015

This month was jam-packed and full of action! All the animals made sure that we were really sitting on the edge of our seats. We were very lucky the one day on drive to see two massive heavyweights battling it out. Two hippo bulls were fighting for the ultimate prize:...

Homemade Anti-ageing Masks

The moment you turn 30, sometimes even before that, ageing signs start to appear in the form of wrinkles. Pollution, together with sun damage, a lack of the correct daily vitamin supplements, as well as the excessive use of cosmetics all contributes to wrinkle...

Big 5 Sightings 02 March to 08 March 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see Mvula, the male leopard, feeding on a juvenile waterbuck kill up in a tree on Wessel’s old driveway Monday, 2 March 2015 (25ºC) Three Birmingham male lions resting north of Ngala open area Salayexe, the female leopard,...

Big 5 Sightings 23 February to 01 March 2015

The Big 5 highlight of the week was to see the Birmingham male lions stalking buffaloes at Simbambili Dam. Monday, 23 February 2015 (32ºC) • Quarantine, the male leopard, moving south from Wessels old driveway • A breeding herd of about twenty elephants feeding on...