Bush Beat vol 19

August 2010

What a transformation we have seen on the Amazulu Game Reserve in the past couple of months! Winter has settled in with the cold early morning and late evening temperatures making themselves felt, quite literally. Sporadic sprinklings of light rain have settled the dust, but have done little to change the landscape or the mood amongst the wildlife. The Mkuze River has yet to cease flowing, thanks to the good rains enjoyed earlier in the year which keeps winding its way through the hills and valleys ensuring plentiful fresh drinking water for all who patrol its shores.

Ryan Fulton - Lodge Manager



Meet the Team:
Philip Khumalo, our lodge ranger and tracker, Jeremy Duze.

Philip has been at Amakhosi for 2 and half years and has endeared himself to many of our first time visitors and our returning friends. Philip grew up with wildlife and knows the bush like the back of his hand. He started his guiding career in northern KwaZulu-Natal over 14 years ago and is now one of the most dynamic and knowledgeable birding guides in the region. He is a single father of 4; Noxolo, Qinisela, Makabongwe and Sibanisezwe and is very well respected and an important member of his community.
Jeremy started working at Amakhosi 1 and half years ago and has not looked back since. He forms a formidable partnership with Philip, and together there is no track too small or old which he cannot bring alive. Jeremy hails from the same town as Philip, a place called Ndumu, and they are neighbours in their local village. Jeremy is married to Thembekile and has 3 children; Sinenhlanhla, Sicelimpilo and Mandlankosi. He has learnt a great deal about the bush since first becoming a tracker and loves his work so much, he aims to be the best tracker at Amakhosi.




Bush Telegraph:
"Excellent safaris, the lions were awesome and the elephants played a mean game of pull & tug"
(Komicsa Laine- USA - 26th to 28th July)

"Thank you for an unforgettable vacation, everything was just perfect, we will be back"
(The Campbells - USA - 11th July)


Bush Special:
Our amazing winter special, Pay for two nights and stay for free on your third night!
Why not spoil your loved ones and bring them to our wonderful
lodge for a winter break?
Rates are per person sharing per night, and fully inclusive of the following:
• Accommodation in a Luxurious Suite with a view on the River and a private viewing deck
• 3 Meals daily
• 2 game drives with qualified guides

Only for new bookings with a minimum stay of two nights and subject to availability. Selling date till 15 August and valid for stay up till the 30 September 2010. Conditions and limited block out periods apply.



AMAKHOSI LODGE
AmaKhosi Lodge - P.O. Box 354, Pongola 3170 - South Africa
Phone +27 034-414-1157 - Fax +27 034-414-1172
Email - info@amakhosi.com


Bush Quiz:
Did you know ?
The Porcupine, Hystrix Africaeaustralis, is the largest rodent in Africa, up to 1 metre long and around 20kg in weight. Their long, sharp quills which are actually modified hairs, are loosely embedded in the skin and are not poisonous and cannot be ‘shot’ out.




Coming soon:
Coming soon - the launch of our new private villa experience, IsiGodlo, which in Zulu ,means a Chief's residence and is fit for any Royal Chief and his Queen, it is exclusive, private and located a leopard’s leap away from the main lodge, this hidden gem accommodating four deserving guests offers a share of paradise.

see more details on the website
www.amakhosi.com