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4 May, 2017

April news from Loldia House

After a very long dry season we were delighted to see some rain finally arrive at Loldia. The Red Chested Cuckoo was certainly very happy and very vocal following the rain. Work is continuing on our top cottage and the staff completed a first aid training course. We have welcomed lots of interesting guests at the lodge and the fish eagles have been teaching their young to hunt or possibly just harass the resident guinea fowl.

4 May, 2017

April at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Its been all go at Sabyinyo this month. Our guests have been enjoying some authentic 'Gorilla in the mists' trekking experiences. We welcomed back trainer Antonia from Antonia's bush kitchen for a chefs training and menu updating session, we welcomed artist Christine Bowen to paint in the gardens and helped a couple of our guests celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary. The birding has been great and we celebrated Earth Day by planting more trees at the lodge and relief manager Alisa took a trip to Lake Kivu to highlight all the areas has to offer to our guests.

4 May, 2017

April in the Masai Mara

The rains have come this month bringing hope and raising the levels of the Mara River only to subside again later. There has been plenty going on, huge herds of resident zebra arrived on the plains. Marsh Pride lioness Yaya sustained an injury and had to be treated by the wildlife vets, the six males were hunting, very close to Governors Camp, There was elephant drama at Little Governors Camp as a big herd of 48 eles moved into the camp to feed only for a youngster to get stuck in the Marsh, he was released by the older eles after much panic. And we had great leopard sightings including the female on Olare Orok having to share her kill with a pack of hungry hyenas!

3 April, 2017

March at Sabyinyo

Managers Phil and Charlie, explore more of what the region has to offer to our guests, from the beautiful gardens at Imbabazi, to the palm fringed shores of Lake Gisenye, to the wonderful variety of Rwandan cuisine on offer. Back at the lodge there has been lots going on, the kitchen has been re -done finished just in time for our next set of guests.

31 March, 2017

March in the Masai Mara

Rain arrived in the Mara this month instantly greening up the grasslands and filling up the Marsh and waterways. Elephant families moved out into the grasslands to feed, passing through the woodlands around our camps on their way. The topi began to rut and there were yet more cubs for the Marsh Pride of lions. The six young contender lions got a nasty shock as they were intimidated off a meal by two new intruder lions and we had great leopard and cheetah sightings.

30 March, 2017

March at Loldia House

Loldia has been welcoming back lots of repeat guests over the last month. We are awaiting the arrival of the rains. The fish eagles have taken up residence en masse in the Lodge gardens filling the air with their iconic cries and Heather and the guiding team took a day trip recce to the Abedares to see what the area has to offer to our guests.

28 February, 2017

February at Sabyinyo

Philip and Charlie take a trek to see the Kwitonda Gorilla family and spend a fascinating hour watching the family interact. Back at the lodge we hosted delegates from the Dian Fossey Board and held great pre dinner talks from the Gorilla Doctors team. And this month we highlight the SACOLA poultry project one of SACOLA's many fabulous community projects.

28 February, 2017

February at Loldia House

Loldia has had a busy month helping guests to celebrate big birthdays. The birding has been amazing as always. This month the cormorants eggs were hatching, their nests perched precariously in the branches of dead trees in the lake hold around two little chicks each. We have had unusual sightings of a zorilla our night game drives and a new giraffe has arrived on the ranch.

27 February, 2017

February in the Masai Mara

Much needed rain finally arrived in the Mara greening up the plains and filling the waterways. Families of elephant moved through the forests around our camps feasting on fallen warburgia fruit. The Loita wildebeest and zebra criss-crossed the plains and the Mara River, running the gauntlet of hungry crocodiles and lions lying in ambush and there are cubs in every lion pride on the plains around our camps.

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