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Guest blog- Through the eyes of a visitor

Posted on Mon January 21, 2019.

Ubuntu speaks about our interconnectedness and the fact that you cannot exist as a human being in isolation. We are not just individuals separated from one another; what we do affects others which in turn affects the whole world. -Archbishop Desmond Tutu

And still the rains hadn’t come. We were on vacation and privileged to be able to spend a whole week at Umlani. So we were not about to complain about keeping dry. But it speaks to the richness of the Umlani experience that by the end of the week, we too were praying for the rains to start. For our week had taught us that that Ubuntu is not just about humanity but our fellowship with other kinds of creature too. The solidarity of life. And these other wondrous creatures needed the rains to come.

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Sightings update- Lions steal the show

Posted on Mon January 21, 2019.

FOR MANY YEARS THE INFAMOUS MACHATTON PRIDE RULED THE CENTRAL TIMBAVATI, AND SIGHTINGS WERE ALMOST A DAILY OCCURRENCE HERE AT UMLANI. BUT IN NATURE NOTHING LASTS FOREVER AND THE DAY CAME WHEN THE PRIDE BECAME A MEMORY AND THEIR TRACKS NO LONGER APPEARED ON THE ROADS FOR OUR GUIDES AND TRACKERS TO FOLLOW ONCE THE LAST LIONESS PASSED AWAY LAST YEAR. THIS LEFT A VOID FOR NEW LIONS TO MOVE INTO PRIME LION REAL ESTATE, THIS IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE NEW FRESH GENES ARE CARRIED INTO AND AREA TO ALLOW DIVERSITY AND STRONG HEALTHY POPULATIONS OF THESE ICONIC BIG CATS. FOR MONTHS WE HAD LIONS COMING AND GOING AND NOT REALLY SETTLING BUT EXPLORING THE AREA. THAT WAS UNTIL THE 2 LIONESSES THAT ARE NO KNOWN AS THE ZEBENINE PRIDE ARRIVED AND MADE IT THERE HOME, COUPLED WITH THE MBIRI MALES THE PRIDE HAS GROWN BY TWO AND HAVE REALLY SETTLED IN NICELY, AND HAVE BROUGHT OUR LION SIGHTINGS BACK FROM HARDLY SEEING LIONS TO SEEING THEM MORE OFTEN THAN NOT.

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Umlani Sightings Blog- Lion hunt

Posted on Thu November 29, 2018.

LIVING AND WORKING OUT IN THE BUSH JUST NEVER GETS OLD, THE FACT THAT EVEN WHEN AT CAMP YOUR NORMAL OFFICE DAY CAN BE FLIPPED ON ITS HEAD CONTINUES TO AMAZE ME EVEN AFTER SPENDING 16YRS OUT HERE. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AND THE TYPE OF DISTRACTIONS THAT ONE HAS IN THIS ENVIRONMENT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS OUT OF THE ORDINARY AND NOT REALLY A DISTRACTION BUT AN EXPERIENCE, AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT ITS AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL STAY WITH YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

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Umlani Captured In Photos- October 2018

Posted on Tue October 30, 2018.

THIS MONTH STARTED WITH A LIGHT SPRINKLING OF RAIN THAT WAS WELCOMED IN THE DRY, POST WINTER, BUSHVELD. THE RAIN, ALTHOUGH NOT MUCH, WAS ENOUGH TO FILL UP A FEW SMALL MUD WALLOWS AROUND UMLANI MUCH TO THE DELIGHT OF THE LOCAL ELEPHANT AND BUFFALO.

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Umlani Captured In Photos- September 2018

Posted on Fri October 5, 2018.

OFTEN IF YOU SPEAK TO GUIDES THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT THE DRY SEASON IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR GAME VIEWING, THIS RINGS TRUE WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALL THE INCREDIBLE SIGHTINGS THAT WE HAVE HAD IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, THE LACK OF WATER AS WATERPOINTS BEGIN TO DRY OUT FORCES ANIMALS TO THE LITTLE BITS THAT REMAIN MAKING THEM AN ABSOLUTE HIVE OF ACTIVITY. THE SPARSE BUSHVELD AFFORDS US BETTER VIEWS IN AS WE TRAVERSE THE AREA IN SEARCH OF ANIMALS, WHICH ARE NOW A LOT EASIER TO FIND AS THEY MOVE AROUND MORE IN SEARCH OF BOTH FOOD AND WATER. ALTHOUGH IT IS A TRYING TIME FOR THE HERBIVORES, IT IS A TIME OF PLENTY FOR THE PREDATORS, AND WE HAVE BEEN LUCKY WITH ALL THAT WE HAVE SEEN THIS MONTH, SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, PLEASE ENJOY OUR HIGHLIGHTS CAPTURED IN PHOTOS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER.

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