Nkurru newsletter- November 2011
Hope you are all well ?
I can not believe it is almost Christmas, I only realised it when I made a point to look at the date yesterday. When you live out here in the bush everyday is a Wednesday and everyday is the 3rd :)………. No it is not always like that I just can not believe this year flew by like it did. Regarding the rain we had in total about 60mm so far and everything is turning green and new flowers coming out all over the park.
We had very interesting month at Nkurru again like always. The staff building is 95 % complete and looks great , thank you again to all of you ! All that needs to go in now is the windows and basins. The staff can not wait to move in.
We aslo had our Xmas lunch in Mafikeng a few days ago and everybody had a great time. We completed a few maintenance tasks as well this month and the lodge looks great:
- New deck lights got installed and looks fantastic
- New pump for rim flow of swimming pool
- New concrete entrance at front door with a slate finish
- New bird bath opposite the entrance to room 3
- We are installing new electrical lanterns along the path ways, it looks great
- Picked up the new umbrella covers for outside umbrellas
- All of us have uniform now and the Nkurru team looks great
- Trimmed down the reed bed completely, very important to maximize filtration and water flow to the waterhole
I just want to say thank you to Simon and Lynne Dabbs who donated another Bushnell camera for the waterhole. I will do updates on the blog again on who is coming to the waterhole. They also donated an ice cream maker for the kitchen, so get your sorbet recipes out for the hot summer lunches 🙂
It will be great to see who is visiting us while we are not around the lodge, hopefully the ellies and lions leaves this one alone 🙂
The sightings was again very exiting with good leopard and wild dog sightings. The birding is getting better and better by the day as well. On a more depressing note I am sure you guys are aware of the 2 recent rhino poaching incidents in the north of the Park. But Madikwe management are doing everything in their power to fight this.
Most of you guys have been coming to Madikwe many years now and when we go out it is not always about seeing the big and fury stuff, but you can not argue the fact that it is great to see a beautiful leopard. We have been very lucky with the male up in the North western corner, he is extending his territory to Tholo dam. So hopefully we will get to see him next time you are at the lodge.
With that we wish you all a merry Xmas and a happy new year. For you that is lucky enough to spend the merry season with us we will tell you in person. Remember to pack your swimming gear when you do come , picture this: Gin and Tonic in the swimming pool under a blue Madikwe sky with zebra and impala lazying around the waterhole 🙂
See you soon
The Nkurru Team