Newsletter June 2012

 

Hi Everybody,

Well we had a very busy month at Nkurru ! Done quite a bit on the maintenance side of things and completed a few of the CapEx projects.

Projects that are completed :

  • Washbay
  • Borehole
  • Thatch roofs
  • Kitchen counter
  • Refurbish of electrical supply to kitchen
  • Staff village upgrade in progress

News from the staff , everybody is doing well and Bolivia is doing a course in Tourism via the post. Godfrey will be going on study leave in September to do a electrician course. I think it is great that the guys want to go forward and better themselves, we can not say no to them. They are in full swing with their education.  They are all still very happy here at Nkurru. Even though its winter we haven’t had real cold spells yet. But saying that the indoor fires are going with Gabriel’s home cooking and a good glass of red wine. There will be a few new things to your menus so please give us some feedback on the new items if it is the first time you try them here at Nkurru, like

  • Chocolate fondant
  • Bread and butter pudding
  • Wasabi beef fillet
  • Moniques Oxtail
  • Beef Bourgoignon………only to name a few

Sightings at the waterhole:

  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • White and black rhino
  • Buffalo
  • Elephant
  • Hyena , brown and spotted
  • Honey badger
  • Civet
  • Banded mongoose
  • Loads of general game

News on the camera trap….elephants got hold of it again but I could save it and it is in full working order again, it landed in the water so I had to dry it out completely before switching it on again.

We had once again very special sightings the last month. In our Maintenance week  Gerry and adele came to visit for 2 days and we had the most amazing sighting at thlou dam of lions killing a kudu with interaction with elephants.

 

yes a pretty special sighting ! After a while the kudu got up but stumbled and fell over and broke his neck.  We had great sightings of lions and all the big stuff but also the smaller things are coming back like civet and Serval sightings.

The general game sightings are also picking up due to all the trucks coming in and delivering game to Madikwe. With winter and the dust Thlou dam is the place to be late afternoons with all the big animals coming out to drink and stirring up a mood at the watreholes.

 

The image below was taken in Madikwe, I got a call on the radio from Buffalo ridge to come and help they have a problem in one of the guest rooms. As you can imagine the panic was quite high. They took me to their room 6 and I found this 3 meter python behind the bed. I caught him and relocated him to the central Ensil berg North of Nkurru.

 

The big pack eventually showed their pups. They are denning on Makanyane’s concession so quite a trek to get there. I counted 13 healthy pups. They will probably move them soon as they are getting bigger and older, but they have a very good den site this year with a few entrances and loads of game around river lodge for them to hunt.

 

Hope you enjoyed the images, see you soon at the lodge

Warmest regards

The Nkurru Team