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4 December, 2017

November at Loldia House

Loldia has had a lovely short rainy season, guests have been heading out on boat rides to see the wonderful lake birdlife. We have had great day trips to Lake Nakuru National Park where our guests have had great lion and rhino sightings and the migratory have arrived on the ranch bringing a whole new diversity to the already fabulous birdlife on the ranch.

3 December, 2017

November at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

November has brought rain to Sabyinyo which has meant, clear mornings, afternoon rain and bright star filled nights. This month we hosted the team from Seven Summits Africa on the Rwandan leg of their epic African adventure. The gorillas have been getting drunk on the sweet bamboo sap and we are gearing up for our big lodge refurbishment project with the imminent arrival of containers full of beautiful new soft furnishings.

1 December, 2017

Mfangano News

The countdown is on to our first ever Mfangano Cycle Challenge. This will be held from the 9th to the 12th of December at Mfangano Island Camp on Lake Victoria. All levels of cyclist are welcome and we welcome non cyclists too. Manager Thor has been busy clearing cycle routes across the Island. There are several route options to choose from with some absolutely fantastic riding all over the island. From smooth flowy tracks around the circumference of the island to more challenging technical climbs and descents through the interior.

29 November, 2017

November News Masai Mara

We have had a wonderful short rainy season in the Masai Mara. The Marsh filled with water and grasses on the plains grew long drawing in large herds of resident wildebeest and zebra who cover the plains in big numbers. In the forests the trees are fruiting drawing in families of elephants, birds and baboons and out on the plains there are young of every species from warthog to Jackals and caterpillars to lion cubs. The migrant birds have begun to arrive and we have seen big flocks of European Bee eaters flying overhead.

2 November, 2017

October at Mfangano Island Camp

On Mfangano the rains have transformed the island and everything is looking lovely and green. The Spotted Necked Ottars have been in camp quite a lot and we have had 30 chickens delivered to the permaculture project so we hope to have plenty of fresh eggs very soon. Mfangano is gearing up to host our very first cycle challenge next month. The routes have been reccyed and the terrain assessed and we are now taking bookings for this very exciting event.

30 October, 2017

October at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

The rains have arrived in Rwanda, the river is running behind our cottages and the birdsong at the lodge is wonderful. We now have around 70 different species of bird on our 17 acres. Our commitment to the community continues through SACOLA and this month we officially opened the water pipeline which provides piped water to hundreds of families in the local community. Guests working with the Gorilla Doctors Project have donated a piece of their artwork to the lodge.

30 October, 2017

October at Loldia House

This month Denis our conservation officer took a trip to the Eburu Forest which borders Loldia and which has opened a wildlife corridor with Loldia Ranch. Denis went to see what conservation iniatives are underway and how Governors can support these. Back at the ranch there has been rain and the water hyacyinth is in bloom on the lake. The pythons are leaving their holes and young hyena has taken up residence in the papyrus close to the house.

30 October, 2017

October in the Masai Mara

The rains have arrived in the Mara, the plains are green, the marsh is full and river is high. As if timed to perfection there are babies everywhere you look from Topi to Warthog, Giraffes to Crocodiles and hyena to lion. The six male lions have settled in the Marsh area close to our camps and with 5 female lions in residence they are sowing the seeds of the next generation of the Marsh Pride. We have had great leopard and cheetah sightings including a sister pair who like to remain close to our camps.

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.