Winter is here!

Winter is here!
Get your warm coats and beanies out.

Temperature is starting to change to our winter. In the day time it has been lovely but the evenings are starting to cool down.

Can you believe it our local Genet is back but without her young? Hopefully they have survived. She comes every evening to the bar to see if she can get any left over bar snacks. For now she does leave the bottles alone.

Early in the morning around 07h00 I got a call from Mark Labuschagne whom staid in Room 8 with his mom. In a very calm way he tells me there are lions in front of there room. Because Mark use to work here he does remember what to do and stays in his room. There was the Styx looking for something to eat. All the game drive vehicles came to see and couldn’t believe that the lions got so close to the rooms. When it was time for breakfast I drove with a game drive vehicle to fetch Mark and his mom at the room. What a mission to get as close as possible to the room. They climbed on the vehicle with the lions on the one side and them on the other.
Later the morning the Styx decided they are going to find a better place to hide. Welcome back to the bush Mark.

In the beginning of the month it was still green. Towards the end to the month it started to become dull. A few green patches here and there but we definitely can see the differences.

Fortunately most of the pans and dams have still got water in them. Not full but they are looking well. The dam in front of the camp is still looking awesome. With the hippos in it everyday just makes it a special place. There used to be only 3 but it varies from 3-5 sometimes. The young one is still here with his mom. If you look on the webcam you would see them daily.

We had lovely sightings around the camp. There were days that you didn’t need to go on drive. All you had to do is sit in the front with a beer in your hand and look at all the movements around the lodge. We had breeding herds of Elephant, Giraffe, Wildebeest, Kudu, Nyala, Waterbuck, Zebra, Lions, Leopards, Warthogs, Buffalo’s and Impalas coming to drink water and grace in front of the lodge. We were lucky see “George” the Warthog again but he has decided he had his lime light and it is time to share it.

This month it was Indaba in Durban. For those who don’t know what it is: It is the lodges go and market themselves to the tour operators and show a bit off? Seasons in Africa who we are part of won the stand winning the Platinum award. Congratulations to you all and thank you for the hard work.

We had a few people this month that was celebrating there birthdates, Luzile, Isaack, Aubrey and Mildred. Hope it was a lovely day for you all and there will be lots more to follow.

We welcomed back Donna Jonson and Herve Fourneau that came to visit us.

We had one day were we had no guests in camp and the staff went to play soccer against the Utah team. Our Djuma Lions gave them a 2-0 hiding. A very nice taste of the World Cup on the corner.

Have a great June and GO BAFANA BAFANA!

From all of us at Vuyatela