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2 October, 2017

September news from Mfangano Island Camp

This month we said goodbye to Miles and welcomed new manager Thor. Thor returns to Mfangano after 25 years when he last visited us as one of our littler guests. Mfangano has had a warm and balmy weather. New hammocks have gone in to the camp, a pair of double toothed barbets are nesting above the pool, fish eagles call from the bluff above camp and the otters have been swimming past camp in the mornings. We held a successful permaculture workshop for widows on the island and we are now working on the next phases of our permaculture gardens.

2 October, 2017

September Game Report Masai Mara

September was a lovely month in the Mara, the days were warm and there was plenty of great wildlife viewing. The wildebeest continued to cross the Mara River in big numbers. Lion, leopard and cheetah sightings have been good with a pair of cheetah sisters seen very often close to Governors Private Camp. Elephant families have moved into the grasslands to feed and we have had great birding especially of the raptors.

29 September, 2017

September at Loldia House

Loldia has received a lot of unseasonal rain over the last month and as a result the gardens are looking glorious. The birding in and around the gardens has been just fabulous. Guests have been enjoying great day trips to Lake Nakuru National Park via Lake Elementaita where there are flocks of flamingoes and we have also been taking guests up to the Abedare Mountain Range.

26 September, 2017

September at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

September has been full of celebrations in Rwanda, firstly there was the Gorilla naming ceremony 'Kwita Izina' which celebrates Rwanda's fantastic achievements in gorilla conservation and then 22nd of September marks 50 years since Dian Fossey established her Karisoke research centre. Our guests have been loving their gorilla treks and the team from Gorilla doctors was called in to remove a snare from an infant gorilla.

5 September, 2017

Kwita Izina

New marketing manager Chloe, joined the celebrations at this years gorilla naming ceremony. This annual event is a big deal in Rwanda, with guest speakers from all over the world and President Kagame. The event showcases the great conservation successes in Rwanda and gives new and meaningful names to all the new gorilla babies.

1 September, 2017

Kenya Bans Plastic Bags

We congratulate Kenya on taking the bold step to ban plastic bags. The use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags is now illegal in Kenya. We would like to advise our guests that you should not bring plastic bags into Kenya. The ban applies to carrier bags with handles & with or without gussets and flat bags without handles & without gussets.

There may be checks at international airports and within Kenya and the fines and penalties for being caught with a plastic bag are quite severe.

1 September, 2017

August at Loldia House

Loldia had a full house over the elections and we are happy that everything went so well. Our guests have been enjoying some fabulous bird watching out on the lake and great day trips to Lake Nakuru National Park where rhinos, flamingoes and lion have all been seen aplenty. Back on the ranch the night game drives have turned up aardvark, skunks, porcupines bat eared foxes and all the creatures of the night!

31 August, 2017

August at Mfangano Island Camp

Mfangano has had a busy August with guests arriving from all over the world. There have been day trips to Bird Island, Sacred Island, the rock art, mountain biking, fishing and of course plenty of relaxation. Back at the camp manager Miles and his team arranged a week long permaculture course for 5 students from the local primary school which was a huge success.

31 August, 2017

August at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

With the dry season upon us the gorillas have moved slightly higher up the volcanoes giving our guests amazing walks and equally amazing gorilla sightings. Plenty of gorilla babies are set to be named at this years Gorilla Naming Ceremony, a big Rwandese annual event which highlights the gorilla conservation work being carried out locally, and Sabyinyo and guests made a donation to the local healthcare facility.