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Newsletter – December 2015

Newsletter December 2015


1. Elephant Update
2. We upgrade our Stables
3. Wildlife
4. From the Kitchen
5. Lodge Upgrades
6. Conservation
7. Specials & Promotions
8. Rhino Updates
9. Get social with us

1. Elephant Update



Kumbura was the last elephant to join our herd. Left orphaned when she was separated from her herd, farmers Gordon and Jen Mundell discovered her and did everything in their power to ensure that she survived. Their prayers were answered when they found her a new home at Camp Jabulani. Read more…

 

We celebrated Pisa’s 6th birthday. Born on a scorching hot day and 4 kilometres away from the stables, her extraordinary story is one of great strength and resilience. Read more…

 

2. We upgrade our Stables


 

 

Our elephants have grown exponentially since they arrived some 10 years back, and the time has come to upgrade their stables. A very costly and time-intensive process, but the results will be well worth it. Read more…

 

3. Wildlife


 

  • Mary-Jane Weiskopf is a regular guest at Camp Jabulani. On her trip this year, she shared some of the most thrilling wildlife sightings she experienced with us. Read more…
  • Many people who decide to go on a safari holiday usually expect to see the ‘Big 5’. Our guide Angie Seeber and her guests were fortunate to catch a very rare and fascinating creature during a game drive, proving that the safari is so much more than the biggest and most dangerous. Read more…
  • The Southern African python is a creature not often seen on safari. Ranger Craig Sanders and his guests were in for a special treat on one of their drives. Read more…
  • Water is definitely not a lion’s element. But when a kill is at stake, even lions will swim! We were witness to a very peculiar sighting indeed. Read more…
  • One of our rangers and his guests were ‘held hostage’ by a leopard. Ranger Chané Jacobs managed to snap some shots and tell the story. Read more…
  • “An old tale led people to first believe that the giraffe was a cross between a leopard and a camel. The leopard (pardalis) because of its colouration, and the camel from the way it walks. It moves both legs on the one side of its body simultaneously.” Read more…
  • On a morning game drive, ranger Chané Jacobs and Tamlin Wightman from Relais & Chateaux left their GoPro cameras rolling after coming across an impala carcass. What they saw upon retrieving the footage was incredible! Read more…
  • Ranger Angie Seeber and her guests were surprisingly treated to some unconventional comedic relief by 3 of the ‘Big 5’ on one of the game drives. Read more…
  • Ranger Chané Jacobs captured a magical moment when she caught sight of a lilac breasted roller against a rainbow backdrop. Read more…
  • The story of a very special Albino elephant on the Kapama Game Reserve. Read more…

 

4. From the Kitchen


Breakfast is considered one of the most important meals of the day, so we thought we would share a few of our really popular recipes with you. They are delicious, get rave reviews, and are also packed with nutritional value. Read more…

 

We have a very special menu planned at Christmas time, to be enjoyed by those who celebrate the occasion as well as those who don’t. To usher our guests into the New Year, we also have a little surprise up our sleeve. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that this is a unique South African tradition, and something that will never be experienced anywhere else in the world!

 

5. Lodge Upgrades


 

 

To ensure that we maintain the high standards which our guests and partners have come to expect, we’ve embarked on a few upgrades around the lodge. We’ve given our thatched roofing a revamp, and have also heated and added fibre cast to our swimming pools. We have also replaced all of the beds in the lodge. These finishes are critical to our guests’ comfort, but have no bearing on the look and feel of the lodge.

 

Our next project is The Therapy Lapa (outdoor bush spa). Watch this space!

 

6. Conservation


We’ve put together something really special! THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT PROJECT gives visitors the extraordinary life experience of what it takes to be an elephant caregiver. The hands-on ​3 day itinerary is not for the faint-hearted, but is for the person with a love of the pachyderm. Contact Mari for more information.

 

 

7. Specials & Promotions



10-Year Promotion

  • Spend two nights with us, and we’ll throw in the third night on us!
  • Please quote “10 Years” at the time of booking.
  • Valid to 1 April 2016 (excluding 15 December – 15 January)

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Fifty-on-Three Special

  • Guests staying for 3 or more nights qualify for a 50% discount on their last night.
  • Constitutes a saving of between R3 600 & R5 225 per person!
  • Valid 10 January to 15 December each year.

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8. Rhino Updates


Get involved in the Rescued Rhinos @ HESC

 

In the previous edition of our news, we communicated about the ‘Rescued Rhinos @ HESC’ – a rhino sanctuary that has been established at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC). At the time there were four rhinos in their custody.

 

Since then, two more orphaned baby rhinos have arrived at The Centre, bringing to six the total number of rhinos in HESC’s care. The story of these rhinos, named Stompie and Balu, is no different to that of Gertjie and Matimba. All four lost their mothers at the hands of ruthless poachers.

 

Arriving within days of each other, Stompie is estimated to be about 7 months, while Balu was estimated to be a mere two weeks old!

 

We are happy to report that both rhinos have adjusted well to their new environment, and have even formed a tight ‘brotherly’ bond. As painful as the circumstances that brought them to The Centre are, it is pleasing to see them thriving.

Read more about how you can get involved.

 

9. Get social with us


We’d love to stay in touch with you, and to share news, pictures and messages via our social media platforms.

 

We aim to post beautiful pictures via Instagram and Pinterest, and share more detailed news and stories via our Blog and Facebook. If you prefer the abridged version, follow us on Twitter.

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