It’s Monday 16th July 2018 and stars abound at Mkulumadzi!

I do hope that you are well and as always have had a fab weekend. So for this week I am keeping quiet and we are hearing from Dave and Tammy our management team down at Mkulumadzi on what has been happening in their neck of the woods. Dave and Tammy over to you:

“The sun is again shining at Mkulumadzi Lodge. After 5 days of unexpected, but much needed, rain (this is the dry season after all), the sun has returned to the delight of most guests. Why most? Well, we have some special guests like Dr. Uschi and Prof. Keith McEwen who appreciate the bush in any weather. They wouldn’t let a little rain keep them from enjoying the evening fire they love so much. Sitting under umbrellas at the lapa recently, their true spirit and love for the African bush warmed all of our hearts. The memory is still with us.
The highlight of the season has definitely been our star bed. We were thrilled when Naomi and Adam from London wanted to be our first guests to try it out. Naomi has been kind enough to share their experience with us:

“We were staying for three nights at Mkulumadzi Lodge. I was already having an amazing time, with a beautiful location, super friendly staff and some great animal viewing and I wasn’t sure that it could get any better. However, for my birthday, my boyfriend decided to surprise me with a night staying on the star deck. I was initially a little unsure — sleeping out under the stars? With the lions? I had only just got used to the spiders in the lodge! Tammy and Dave assured me that we would be completely safe and left us with a radio, in case anything did happen or we wanted to come back.

As we drove through the darkness and approached the star deck I felt confident, however, that this would be a very special experience and one that I wouldn’t want to miss out on. The deck is a raised platform looking out over the park, complete with proper bed, mosquito net and (very importantly in my view) a proper toilet. We sat drinking champagne under the light of the (almost) full moon looking at the stars which were beautiful and I was right that this was very special. Sleeping was very comfortable too — looking up at the night sky, gently cooled by a light breeze. I feel very honoured to have been the first guests to try the star deck and it’s certainly a birthday that I will never forget! I would absolutely recommend it to all who aren’t afraid to try something a little different — it really did top off a wonderful stay in Majete.”

Some exciting news for Majete. In May, two new, young lions were translocated from South Africa to the reserve. They have been adjusting to their new environment in a boma. Next week, 3 females will also arrive to be held in the boma to also acclimatize and settle. Just before their arrival, the male lions will be released. The goal is to introduce new genetics into the population to maintain genetic health. We are looking forward to their arrival and watching them settle into their new home.

New to the team for the season is our German intern, Felix Reitberger who has fit right (“Reit” — get it??) in at Mkulumadzi, assisting with daily operations, hosting guests and spotting. Having studied media photography, our beautiful landscape and wildlife provide ample opportunities to practice his talents whether on a game drive, boating or walking. On a recent boat cruise on the Shire River, Felix brilliantly captured the following images: a hippo popping out of the water, a Pied Kingfisher with its prey and a crocodile returning to the river.

Can’t wait to see more of his amazing photos while keeping him busy around the lodge.

Every season in the bush is special in its own way. This winter is no different. Our 3 resident bulls have returned to the lodge to keep us entertained. We have had fantastic game sightings including large herds of elephants and buffalos along with the elusive leopard and black rhino recently. We are only mid-way through the season and look forward to plenty of excitement around Mkulumadzi. Cheers! Enjoy your week.”

Thanks so much Dave and Tammy, we look forward to hearing more from you as the season progresses. From my side not much left to say except have a fab week ahead with lots of smiles and laughter and as always look after each other.



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