The month of April started off with us hosting Tourica Tours once again with an Australian group travelling with two Australian known musicians, Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey.  This is always a treat for us as there is something special about doing a live music show in the bush and watching the sun set.

We once again sponsored the first prize at the SA RUGBY LEGENDS Golf Day held annually at Bosch Hoek Golf & Country Estate near Balgowan.   Frikkie was unable to make it (he had to attend a wedding) so he sent his four nephews… Congrats to Albert van der Berg and his 4 ball team on winning – we look forward hosting you at the lodge.

There is never a dull moment when you are privileged enough to call the bush home.  Easter was upon us before we knew it and as Easter goes – lots of children and sugar highs at the lodge, as the Easter bunny paid them all a visit with lots of Easter goodies, even Frikkie joined in on the excitement.

We were honoured to host Phil and Nikki’s “I DO” in April which was an extravagant affair and a beautiful wedding out at Homestead with all the bells and whistles one could imagine.  They say it takes a village – this wedding sure did!

The whole day went according to plan (incl. the bride running late) and a memorable afternoon evening and early morning was enjoyed by all.  Family and friends travelled from across the world to be with them in their celebration of their love.  Frikkie, bow-tie and all made quite an impression with the single ladies.

The crisp mornings, warm days and the chill in the air as the sun sets over the mountains is a telling sign that Winter is on its way.  None the less the sunrises and sunsets are as beautiful as ever.  On these glorious days – as well as some overcast ones where the sun is barely peeking through – is when we absorb as much of it as we can out on the reserve with our guests.  Currently due to the sun getting up a little later too, our morning game drives are leaving at 6am getting back around 9am for a hearty breakfast and after heading off at 3.30pm we’re back home by 6.30pm once the sun has dipped behind the mountains.  So come prepared when you visit, dress warm!

The morning dew shows us the beauty of an array of stunning spider webs.   The game sightings have been great with the cats staying out in the open areas a little longer with the cooler weather.  Every now and then you may get a glimpse of the cats huddling together for warmth.  The elephants on the other hand seem to disappear into the mist and then once again grace us with their presence.

One of the guides also managed to spot a leopard with her cub even though they are few and far between they still show themselves every now and again.

Our Lodge Staff have all been hard at work, with the kitchen coming up with new ideas and the food tasting just as good as it looks, the waiters trying out new serviette folding techniques as well as when it comes to the setup of the tables.

With Gin becoming an ever more popular drink for young and old folk the bar has been stocking up on a variety of gins including some fine craft gins and our barmen have learned many ways of how to serve them. (no more just plain gin and tonic at Springbok Lodge!)

CONGRATULATIONS once again to our Golden Egg Easter Egg Hunt winner ~ Joy Pope ~ from Pietermaritzburg, she will be enjoying her 2 night midweek stay with us very soon.

With May now in full swing and the chill of winter knocking on the door make the most of our Winter Special Promo as well as another competition in the pipeline – so keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Instagram sites for more info.

Kind Regards from The Springbok Lodge Team