April 2017 Report

As the beginning of winter starts to set in the game drive ponchos are being used more to keep the morning chill at bay as opposed to keeping guests dry during the summer months.  As always our game drive times are dictated by the rising and setting of the sun, so morning drives are leaving around 06h00 and the afternoon drive departs at 15h00. Guests are welcomed back at the lodge with warm face towels and a roaring fire which is usually the focal point of the lodge lounge.


Sadly the arrival of winter also sees the end of the rainy season – April was a dry month with just 9.5mm recorded.  


On the sightings side we are proud to announce the new arrival of 2 Cape buffalo calves which are always great to see especially when jumping around without abandon and totally oblivious of the dangers that are potentially waiting around every tree stump or blade of grass.


The relocation of 13 of our elephants has not affected the remaining 23 pachyderms and they seem to be carrying on with daily life as per normal. The lion cubs are beginning to show their true nature and have been witnessed feeding on fresh kills over the past month on numerous occasions.


The reserve also recently relocated 3 lionesses to another reserve to alleviate the high predator density and give the other animals a bit of breathing room. This brings our lion population to 13 – including the 6 little cubs who are nearly 5months old.
We welcome two new staff members to our team – Craig and Cheryl Hamilton, and their daughter Maddison.  They join us on the management team and we look forward to guiding them on this new adventure.
May to August not only bring chilly nights – it also brings chilled prices ... our rates at the lodge are at their lowest during these months however game viewing is at its highest – this due to the bush thinning out thus making game viewing much easier.