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Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
Continued from Chapter 5 Part 2

In the meantime the running costs of the farm as well as the conservation levies of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin made it necessary that, in one way or another, income had to be generated.

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Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
Continued … from Chapter 5 Part 1
Presumably Piet and Tilman were very interested. In 1979, together with Moyan van der Merwe, they bought the farm from Moyan’s stepmother, Johannes van der Merwe’s widow. In the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, when land goes up for sale, there is a preemptive right that fellow landowners have to be given first option to purchase before the land can be offered on the open market. (Since 2007 this rule has been changed). By going into partnership with Moyan, Piet Moolman and Tilman Ludin were effectively getting their foot in the door of a notoriously exclusive old boys’ club.

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Category: General
Posted by: amlux
Hello guys! Thank you for your really interesting work.
I want say you 'bout trouble at this title post. When you turn on camera on lake (or river) i'm hearing crackling noise coming from the microphone. Formerly was a pure sound of nature. I hope you repair a microphone in the near future.
Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
Way down south on the continent of Africa is where you will find the expansive country of South Africa. Its land area covers more than a million square kilometers and its coastline runs for just under 3 000 km. South Africa is divided into nine provinces. Mpumalanga province, “land of the rising sun”, lies on the east, bordering on Mozambique. The tail end of the Drakensberg mountains forms a magnificent escarpment in Mpumalanga, falling away to the lowveld, a flatter terrain that levels out towards the Mozambiquan flood plain. In the eastern-most section of Mpumalanga lies the greater Kruger National Park, renowned for its sheer size (2,3 million hectares), its exceptional wildlife, and its scenic opportunities.

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Category: Game Drives
Posted by: Graham
There has never been an occasion in my life, up until this morning, that I have wished death on a living organism.

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Category: Game Drives
Posted by: Graham
I have often entertained the prospect of mother predators having a favorite child, like some people. To your face most humans would never dare acknowledge the fact that one off their progeny had a larger space in their hearts, than the other. All children are perfect, and every mother has one.

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Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
In 1992, with our years in Cape Town behind us, we put our belongings in storage in preparation for a journey. Well, actually, we filled up my mom’s spare room with boxes and dropped Bingo off with Inge. Then we hopped on a plane bound for New York via London. The next five months we spent traveling around the USA and absorbing another culture, one very different from our own. Most of the time I did not feel we even spoke the same language as the Americans! While it was eye opening to witness an efficient and confident first world society at work, I started longing for home and the charm of our African way.

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03/11/09: Galago Newsletter

Category: Drum Beat
Posted by: Marietjie
Guest comments and photos of Galago in October 2009.

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Category: General
Posted by: kim82
Another month has gone by at Bush Lodge guests coming and going and game viewing out there been absolutly amazing. So all in all a fun filled month.

I have to say that the highlight of the month was one evening coming down to dinner and standing in the dinning room which over looks the dam and seen a Bush buck kill about 30m away. We sat and waited to see if the killer would return, then as the sun started to set and the stars started to appear we sat in absolute silence waiting. Moments later we heard the cracking of bones and when we shone the spot light there Whitecloth (female Leopard) was with her cub, who no-one has seen in sometime, feeding away. Not to bothered with us been only a few meters away she carried on feeding and every so often heading for the dam to quench her thurst.

How do you get guests to sit for dinner when you are sharing your dinning room with 2 Magnificant Leopards?

The next morning she had moved the kill to a tree right next to room 1, one of our guest suites which were occupied with guests at the time and continued feeding for a day or so longer. Giving us great sightings even from our office.

Now you decide to close for comfort or absolutly Awsome?

02/11/09: THE BIRD DAM

Category: Game Drives
Posted by: Graham
While writing about the flamingo, gull and pratincole sightings at the dam of miraculous avian production, my mind began drifting through other amazing incidents that body of water has presented to me in the past.

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Category: Game Drives
Posted by: Graham
I fail to understand bush people who do not have any appreciation of birds; admittedly I do not know many who do not enjoy birds and observing them, but those that don’t baffle me...

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