Umlani Bushcamp Blog

First Taste Of The Field Guide Life

Posted on Fri April 21, 2017.

At Umlani Bushcamp we run a student program that allows young guides to experience living and working at a lodge, giving them practical experience and a real understanding of the industry. Just over a year ago Oliver Lane joined us at the camp as a volunteer but quickly found out that he would like to make a life out of working in the bush, so he has spent his time with us learning the different tools of the trade and recently got a chance to get in the hot seat and conduct his first game drives, this is how it played out for him.

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Umlani Captured in Photos- March 2017

Posted on Wed March 22, 2017.

March has come and gone in the blink of an eye and we quickly moving out of our hot summer months and into the slightly cooler season of autumn. We can already feel the cooler temperatures in the mornings and the evening which is a welcome reprieve from the intense heat making being out on safari in the bush just that much more enjoyable.

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Umlani Leopard Update- Female leopards

Posted on Mon March 13, 2017.

Summer time is generally considered a bit of a low season in the bush when it comes to sightings due to the thick vegetation and abundance of water that lies around from the rain, summer time is also baby time for many of the prey animals which means the predators don't have to move far to find food. That being said one would think that it is impossible to find anything, let alone the most elusive big cat in Africa but what we don't realize is that the summer is leopard time and over the last few weeks we have been treated to superb leopard sightings especially when it comes to the females that call our patch of the Greater Kruger home.

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Umlani Captured in Photos- February 2017

Posted on Mon February 20, 2017.

It's been an exciting month here at Umlani Bushcamp, from the threat of a tropical cyclone to amazing sightings. We had some much needed soaking rain that transformed the bush yet again, even though we had better rains this season we still find ourselves feeling the effects of the drought as the fresh green grass already began to brown and die off under the relentless African sun. So when we heard that there was potential for a cyclone moving over the area we hoped that it wouldn't be destructive but rather replenish the bush, this was thankfully the case and we have in turn reaped the rewards when it comes to the sightings in the month of February.

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Umlani Lion Update- The Hercules pride and a day to remember

Posted on Tue February 7, 2017.

Lately the Hercules pride have been seen a lot on our traversing area, one of the reasons could be that there are new males in the north that pose a threat to the young males of the Hercules pride or perhaps they have picked up on the void left by the Machaton pride and are just making themselves at home. Whatever the case may be, having a lion pride around means that not only do we have more frequent lion sightings but also the quality of lion sightings increases.
This was the case last week when the Hercules pride was found on a fresh buffalo kill.

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