Well the new crew has been in camp since the beginning of March and slowly things are beginning to settle down. There have been many teething problems and they are all working very hard to iron them out and bring you the safaris that we all love so much.
Tomorrow morning the drive times will be changing. With the seasons changing, the days getting shorter and Djuma taking the lead that time has come. AM drives will start at 06H00, PM drives start at 15H30 and Night drives / FSCs at 19H00.
The waterhole has been buzzing with large amounts of game. From Nyala, Impala herds, and Warthog families to Elephant herds and the seemingly resident Buffalo. Hippos have been mating and there is a brand new baby which appeared a few days ago, which has been very exciting. They are still trying to decide on a name and suggestions are welcome.
The last couple of days have also been a hive of activity with all sorts of sightings on the drives. They found the Nkuhuma Lionesses on a Kudu kill where they stayed for a day feeding. The Nkuhumas have stayed in the area since then so the lion viewing has been fantastic and a nice addition to the other stuff over the last few days.
There has also been some great viewing of White Rhinos and Buffalo and recently some hyena activity around the dam with whooping at night being picked up on the waterhole cam. Luckily no one is presently sleeping in the room next to the FCC! There have actually been lots of Hyena around during the day recently and some people think that there might be a new den site being set up somewhere by these individuals.
On Wednesday the weather was much hotter than previous days and on the morning drive with Kathryn and Jared they had an amazing sighting of Karula and her 2 boys. They were truly excited to meet our resident leopard family and are looking forward to getting to know them like the rest of us have over the years.
Last night Herman and Patrick sat around the fire for a Fireside Chat to talk about some Shangaan traditions and cooking etc and made some pap and sauce on the fire which we have heard was very tasty to sample afterwards.
Finally, Alex and Caroline drove through to Johannesburg to collect the new Sony Camera and edit suite on Tuesday which is now up and running. We are all very excited about the upgrade and hope to bring a much better quality picture to you very soon.