Ranger Campfire Stories

Guests visiting Umlani Bushcamp often wish us to share with them, special stories of our wildlife encounters! Here's a taste of some of our most memorable. Enjoy! Marco Schiess

The ferocious lion

Posted by Tom on Tue August 7, 2012 in Ranger Campfire Stories.

In the earliest days of Umlani, when it just comprised two huts, and even before that when Marco & Marie ran it out of the old Marula Camp, I was responsible for reservations. In order to ensure that the place was kept busy, I would send my friends down there, or put groups of people together and take them down for a weekend in the bush.

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My first game drive

Posted by Tom on Tue August 7, 2012 in Ranger Campfire Stories.

I was living in Joburg, wore a tie to work each day but had visited Umlani on numerous occasions. I knew my way around the property (well sort of) and I knew the difference between the barrel and a butt of a .458; anyway there was a bit of a crisis and they had a photographic group in camp for the weekend and one of the guides had gone missing, so Marco called and asked if I wouldn’t mind guiding for the weekend.

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New Year's Party

Posted by Tom on Sun August 7, 2011 in Ranger Campfire Stories.

A few years ago I was MC at a wedding for a couple who met while working at a game lodge which I was managing (not Umlani), however, during my speech I stated that a game lodge was like an island, the lodge manager is the dictator (sometimes benevolent) while the staff are the subjects who get up to all sorts of things which of course remain secret (until opportunities like this arise). Thanks to Umlani celebrating its 20th anniversary, such an opportunity has just arisen.

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Elephant Charge

Posted by Formen on Sun August 7, 2011 in Ranger Campfire Stories.

At Umlani we try to show our guests the bush from various perspectives and walking allows us to take a look at a lot of the smaller things that we often drive past on the game drives.

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