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31 July, 2017

July at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

There are lots of gorilla babies in the volcanoes of Rwanda, some of our guests had the extraordinary privilidge of seeing a newborn gorilla baby and mother emerge from the bushes just after giving birth. The mother had previously lost her hand in a poachers snare and she is now a devoted and wonderfullly loving mother. Back at the lodge our refurbishment is underway and SACOLA has been planning their upcoming community projects.

31 July, 2017

July at Loldia House

July brought rain to Loldia which was a cause of much celebration. The land is looking lush and green and the animals fat and happy. There has been great night game drives on the ranch including 5 porcupines seen together on one occasion. And we have been exploring Mount Longonot and the great hiking options the volcano offers.

31 July, 2017

July at Mfangano Island Camp

Mfangano has had a busy and exciting month. There have been big celebrations on the island with a huge party for 150+ guests which we assisted with. The permaculture gardens are coming on really well and there has been a big permaculture success story at the local primary school where some of the older students have taken on a very degraded piece of land and are turning it into a productive permaculture site. We are so impressed by their enthusiasm that we have invited them to join us for a permaculture course at the lodge.

31 July, 2017

July in the Masai Mara

The migration has arrived in the Masai Mara and there have been big herds massing on the banks of the Mara River and dramatic crossings with hungry crocodiles in the water and lions patrolling the river banks. Guest on the balloon have also had nail biting sightings of zebra crossing the Mara River and big herds of elephants on the plains. We have had great lion, leopard and cheetah sightings with many cubs amongst the big cats.

3 July, 2017

June at Loldia House

Cool days at Loldia have left us with wonderful views across the Lake to Mt Longonot. We have been working on lots of projects around the house and gardens, clearing out and extending the pond at the front of the house, which makes it easy for us to launch our boat and installing new lighting in the grounds, A young orphan hippo has made her home below the deck and guests have been enjoying lots of wonderful bird and wildlife sightings.

30 June, 2017

June at Mfangano Island Camp

June has been a busy and exciting month at Mfangano. The camp has been very busy with extending the jetty, rebuilding the boats, and work is continuing apace in our Permaculture gardens. We have big harvests of vegetables and the chefs have been getting creative in the kitchens with all this fresh produce, we installed our first beehives and our aquaponics system is taking off with 300 Tilapia fingerlings just introduced to the farm.

29 June, 2017

June in the Masai Mara

June has seen the arrival of the first of the herds from the big annual Wildebeest migration into the southern reaches of the Masai Mara. Our guests have seen the first glimpses of them on full day game drives. The River Crossings have begun and we expect the big herds to begin to arrive in our area from mid July. Lovely herds of elephant are out on the plains feeding and there are cubs in all the lion prides. We have had fabulous cheetah sightings including 8 different cheetah seen on one game drive.

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.

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