Nkurru Newsletter – September 2010

Hi, Welcome to September and a slightly delayed newsletter.

Nkurru Newsletter - Image by Gerry van der Walt

Yeah, this edition of the Nkurru newsletter should have been online in August but, as mentioned in one of my email, the last 7 weeks have been somewhat of a challenging time at the lodge.  In between insurance claims, breaking vehicles and still going on drive it is quite amazing that there is still a general sense of humor and good vibe around the lodge.  Throughout this tough time the staff has been amazing which helped a lot!  Thanks guys!

Fires Update

A quick update on the fires that raged in the reserve a month or so ago.  Nature is amazing in it’s ability to recover and almost all the areas where the fires went through is showing amazing growth.  The green grass is growing all over the place and as soon as the rains come life is going to explode back into Madikwe.  The general game on these green areas is spectacular and the only thing that really impacts our game drives is the fact that we cannot off-road on areas where the new grass is less than 10cm long.  Almost there!

Electrical Cable Claim

This has been a nightmare.  As you know, our electrical cable got burnt in the fires and we have been working on the insurance claim.  This sounds much easier than it really is and the process is still ongoing.  We have incurred a huge amount of costs trying to fix the lodge and various pieces of equipment that got damaged, which also includes lots of generator costs.  We will keep you posted as things develop.

Game Drive Vehicle

I took the above image of the Nkurru vehicle a few weeks ago and since then it has been giving a huge amount of trouble.  Again.  The vehicle is currently at the mechanic to be fixed which means we are renting a vehicle and costing us more money.  After trying to get the necessary info from all the shareholders, which is apparently an impossible task, one of the shareholders have been able to arrange for a great deal on a new Cruiser.  He will be buying it on his name and then sell it to the lodge so that we can get the process rolling.  Soon.  Hopefully very soon.

Wildlife

Sightings the last few weeks have been pretty quiet.  Some nice one in between but by Madikwe standards pretty quiet.  Here are a selection of images form the last few weeks.

Nkurru Newsletter - Image by Gerry van der Walt

Our resident Klipspringer is still around the lodge.  At last count there were three of the cute little guys living inside the Nkurru fence.  Keep an eye out for them!

Nkurru Newsletter - Image by Gerry van der Walt

This is the Mateya male leaving our waterhole a few morning ago.  With water being very scarce in the park, our waterhole has been very busy!

Nkurru Newsletter - Image by Gerry van der Walt

Our rhino sightings are always great but unfortunately their numbers continue to decline due to poaching.  2010 has seen 192 rhinos being killed by poachers in South Africa.  Very sad.

Nkurru Newsletter - Image by Gerry van der Walt

We found the Madikwe cheetah again a few days ago.  We bumped into him close to the airstrip and spent quite a bit of time following him through the bush.  An amazingly beautiful animal.

Nkurru Newsletter - Image by Gerry van der Walt

Shot this earlier this morning from the lodge deck.  Yeah, from the lodge deck!  Ask me about it when you are next at the lodge! 🙂

That is about that for Madikwe wildlife for now.

Now as you might know Photo-Africa, my photography company, runs workshops and photographic safaris.  The workshops are run either from Johannesburg or Pretoria so please drop me an email if you would like more info.  I am also very excited about a number of photographic safaris I will be leading next year so if you are keen to explore more of Africa with me let me know!

Here are a couple of photographic safaris I will be hosting in 2011.

Photo-Africa Safaris

Photo-Africa Safaris

Photo-Africa Safaris

Photo-Africa Safaris

Photo-Africa Safaris

I have been able to schedule all of the above trips in our leave cycles but there will be a number of other trips as well which will be led by some of my other photographers.  These trips are all aimed at getting you in the right place at the right time to create compelling wildlife images so you can assured of amazing sightings and visual scenery.  If you would like any further information please email me at info@photo-africa.com so that I can send you the info sheet and prices for the various trips.   A special Nkurru shareholder discount will apply! 🙂

I have not loaded all of the above trips to Photo-Africa yet but will be doing so in the next week or so.  Make sure to check it out!

Anyway, time to get going.  Adele and I will be on leave from 9 to 24 September so if you need to get hold of us please use my private email or cell number.

We look forward to welcoming you to the lodge.

Warmest regards,

Gerry, Adele & the Nkurru Team