Dear Etienne & Family & EP Staff
It was truly lovely to receive your recent EP update. We miss the EP Newsletters as they kept us up to date as to the lives of the leopards and lions of EP as well as the ongoing developments around the camp and the lives of the EP staff.
As middle class South African educational professionals – teacher and librarian – we were only ever able to have combined a few days at EP with a Kruger Park visit (from Cape Town) due to your Winter Specials for South Africans. We have such happy memories of our two/three days stays at EP – the “gasvryheid” of the staff – from the front desk through to the rangers – the luxury accommodation, the amazing meals – we particularly loved eating breakfast out under the spreading branches of the tree (see Mary Ann doing just that) – and then those unforgettable safari morning and afternoon drives. Mary Ann has a green beanie on standing behind Rhul enjoying that early morning coffee break in the bush. Of course, our first time at EP was in 2005 directly after Mary Ann had her breast cancer operation and was awaiting on our return to Cape Town for her chemo treatment. On that particularly trip we had never seen so many leopards, both in Kruger Park and at EP. The leopard together with the Cape Clawless Otter are our two most favourite animals and that year at EP we had so many close encounters with leopards that Mary Ann on our return to Cape Town went into the cruelling chemo treatment with a deep sense of peace. Fifteen years later, we are still both well and enjoying our retirement, Mary Ann coaching Chess to Juniors at her old school and I counselling and spiritual direction. We look back with such fond and grateful memories of our visits to EP and thank you all for your gracious hospitality.
As Etienne says, may we all arise from this world crisis spiritually renewed.
Matthew & Mary Ann Syphus