We have had a great month out on the Reserve, and we ended off last month and started April with some nice big group site inspections of all the Amakhala Properties. We all got to meet some new faces, and of course welcome back some of the familiar faces!!! It has really been a fantastic exercise as they all got to see what was special about each & every lodge on the Reserve.
This was just a fun shot of the girls from the African Synergy Educational.
Thank you to all the ladies for taking time to come out and see all the properties.
Bukela & Hlosi ~
We have had some fantastic groups in this past month, and we have been very busy with children too! Our kids co-ordinator Tamysn, who is based mostly at Hlosi has been having a ball with the kids – beading, baking, painting, mini safaris and visits to the local village on the Reserve! The kids just loved meeting the local people here and loved dancing to some local music with the other kids.
Tamsyn has done a really fantastic job keeping these energetic little people happy and what a pleasure it is to see their little faces light up each time a new activity is offered to them.
The game viewing has been fantastic, and some really great shots have been given to me to share with you all!
One of the many things keeping us busy is the elephants that just can’t seem to leave our water pipes & tanks alone! This seems to happen to all the Lodges on the Reserve at one time or another every week!!
Hlosi were lucky to have some different visitors this last month – it’s always a joy to see big animals come so close to the Lodge.
Some comments from our Hlosi Guests:
“We are floating…! It was an amazing safari holiday, we are speechless, and seeing all the animals and the strong blue and green colours around us is very peaceful. Thank you Andre, Tamsyn and Roelof we will remember you and best of luck. Love” – Cataldi Family: Italy
“Hlosi Lodge is pretty special, the accommodation is fantastic and the staff is amazing, lovely food, lovely vistas. Tamsyn was especially great with the kids and Andre funny and informative; we would love to return one day!! Kate Galloway – UK
“Wonderful accommodation, lots of special touches for the kids, very impressed with service and food, Andre excellent, especially good with animating animals and teaching the girls about African wildlife. Thanks!” Hancocks Family - UK
“It was great to be back! See you again next time, because we will be back!” – Mortelmans: Belgium (return guests)
Some comments from our Bukela Guests:
“ What a treat! We have never felt so pampered – EVER! And we were so lucky to have had the sightings we did. 4 out of the big 5, plenty antelope, birds, tortoises and more! Really enjoyed our private dinner & bubble bath. Marc & Kaye Cloete – S.A
‘Thank you for making our stay at Bukela so wonderful. The staff are brilliant and the area is very beautiful. We will remember the amazing time that we had here for many years to come! Samantha & Johnathan – UK
‘We had an amazing break! Hospitality was Top notch! Game drives excellent! Food delicious! Caring & thoughtful staff. Thank you so much! Blessings. The BiggS – S.A
The very special little chapel situated at Leeuwenbosch looks quite the picture just before guests left on the morning drive.
April really was a month of celebrations galore! We had Doug Hutchinson staying a few nights at Leeuwenbosch and he had lots to celebrate – from his phenomenal photographs that have been chosen by National Geographic Australia, to his latest novel that he wrote recently in Singapore – which had just been cleared for publishing! Whoop, whoop!
Needless to say after a fantastic game drive – they all had a prosperous evening at the Lodge! Made even more entertaining, with fabulous tales from Uncle Bill.
John & Adam Shelvey celebrated their birthdays on the same day! Dad celebrating the big 4-0 and his son turning 10! Shona celebrated her 50th and this altogether awesome occasion was spent under the stars for the lodge’s first winter boma! Finished off with the Leeuwenbosch staff choir.........need we say more!
Some of the guests’ comments:
‘A superb ending to our stay in South Africa. Many Thanks to all who made it such a wonderful experience.....
‘You could fill up this book with wealth of knowledge, stories, and history we have gained during our stay – which far exceeded our expectations’
Amakhala Safari Lodge ~
This month I have a little news from the team at the Amakhala Safari Lodge. A busy month it has been for them, and some special moments too. Our Agents that went through Safari Lodge loved it, and the attention that owner Justine Weeks has put into the place only says how special the Lodge is to them. They also had festivities going on, with a very special surprise 60th birthday high tea! The surprise was engineered by her husband, and without anyone knowing about it, good friends arrived and joined in at tea time! Overwhelmed with joy is an understatement!! Here is a great shot of the birthday girl........
Some of the comments from their guests:
“Words cannot describe our stay! We have been made to feel like film stars. Thank you, thank you!!
‘Sensational! Great! The attention to detail and the great hospitality of your staff makes for a very enjoyable stay. Will strongly recommend to family and friends.
Amakhala Volunteers ~
And a little news from Lizl at the Hands on project: Over the past week the Volunteers have had 2 amazing experiences that I believe they will remember for the rest of their lives! On Tuesday I took them for a Game Drive on the Main Reserve. The Cheetah with the Cubs were in the area where we were driving and, after spending probably 30 minutes with them watching the cubs playing we left. On the way out we came across them again and were fortunate enough to hear a kill happening. Roger called us into the sighting and the guys managed to see the cubs feeding on a Juvenile Kudu.
Last night I took them out on a night drive to specifically watch the Lions. They spent at least an hour and a half with them – in which time they witnessed dry mating and also both the lions vocalising! The 3rd time from about 25 metres away. When I turned around to look at the Volunteers they had eyes as big as saucers, but I was told it was an experience they would never forget. I have included 2 pictures taken by a volunteer.
So all in all we have had a month of fantastic sightings, happy guests, special moments which all means this reserve has got a fantastic, passionate team, looking forward for the next month ahead where different tales will be told and shared.
Until then, have yourselves a busy May & we all look forward to looking after the guests coming in.