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.
March is a wonderful month in the Masai Mara, elephants are drawn in large number to the woodlands around camp, there are babies everywhere and the first of the annual migrations begin with around 300,000 zebra and wildebeest arriving on the plains.
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.
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.
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.
February is marked by cool mornings, hot days and a few scattered rain showers. The grasses on the savannah begin to dry out and herds of elephant with some small calves in the family units are drawn in to the forests around our camps to feed. One February we were incredibly privileged to witness the birth of a baby elephant in Little Governors Camp. Zebras and wildebeest from the Loita plains begin to arrive in the Masai Mara. Big cat sightings remain good and the birding is excellent with European migrants still around and resident birds nesting and raising their chicks.
Loldia has had a busy month and guests have been enjoying all the region has to offer. The birding has been great as always with a very lucky sighting of a pair of Spotted Owls on the way back from the airstrip during the day. Scotty had a run in with a Warthog which he is now recovering from and there has been some good fishing from in front of the house.
Sabyinyo is celebrating 10 years of working with our community lodge association SACOLA and with over US$ 2 million generated for the community trust by the lodge there have been some remarkable achievements to date. We are very proud of our association with SACOLA and the fantastic work they have done and continue to do within the community and SACOLA also completed some new projects this month and Sabyinyo welcomed new managers Phil and Charlie this month who are settling in very nicely.
Whilst January has been an overall very dry month in the Mara we did see the arrival of the big resident herds of wildebeest and zebra with large herds crossing the Mara River at regular intervals. The Warburgia trees are still fruiting, drawing the elephants into the woodlands around our camps to feed. There was a dramatic rescue of a baby elephant this month and the little ele is now under the care of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The lions are going from strength to strength with new cubs for the Marsh, Madomo and Paradise Prides, 8 dominant males between the prides and six new male interlopers waiting in the wings.
Sabyinyo celebrated a very happy christmas and new year with our guests which included some unexpected last minute Rwandese adjustments. There was much singing, dancing and merriment all round. Relief manager Henry accompanied guests on a breath taking gorilla trek to see the Hirwa gorilla family whose playful babies, aloof matriarchs and imposing Silverback gave them all some 'uniquely glorious' moments.