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6 June, 2017

May at Mfangano Island Camp

Mfangano has reopened for the season and the camp is a buzz with activity. We have done some work on the rooms and the permaculture gardens are flourishing, producing good quantities for the camp kitchens and many of our staff have carried these permaculture ideas home. The local school we support now also has a productive permaculture garden and together with help from our guests we have built them a kitchen.

2 June, 2017

May at Loldia House

Rain has finally arrived at Loldia, cause for much celebration. There have been some small changes at the house and work on the top cottage has been completed. Guests have been enjoying great night game drives, with sightings of leopard, aardvark and hyena and enjoyable days out. We have been serenaded in the evenings by a guest who took our beautiful piano through its paces.

2 June, 2017

May news from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

We have had a wonderful month at Sabyinyo helping guests fulfill their bucket list wish of seeing the mountain gorilllas. We welcomed a big multi-generational family group as guests. Manager Philip and Charlie were invited to attend the celebration of the years accomplishments of SACOLA (Sabyinyo community lodge association).There were great festivities which included the opening of 6 new classrooms, 40 cows were presented to the one cow one family program, the opening of a new administrative centre for SACOLA as well as much celebration for all of SACOLAS achievements from the past year

30 May, 2017

May in the Masai Mara

May has been a relatively dry month here in the Mara, we have received some rain but not as much as we normally do at this time of year. The large resident herds of zebra remained on the plains around our camps until about mid month, we have seen lovely herds of elephant feeding in the Marsh and out on the grasslands and have had good sightings of the six male lions, female leopard Saba and we got one of our first glimpses of female cheetah Musiara's new tiny cubs.

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.

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