Well, so much for the students being eager to get back to civilization! No one wanted to leave, and a few even wanted to stage a sit-in! Gone were their fears, and nightwatch (the mere thought of which had sent shivers down each and every spine in the group) was something to be […]
Nyala is a Swahili name, from the Zulu ‘Inyala’. Like most antelope Nyala are shy creatures and aren’t very comfortable in open-spaces. They tend to only venture into the public eye as they drink at waterholes. Usually exclusively browsers, the Nyala feed mostly on fruits, pods, twigs and leaves. Like a growing number of people, Nyala […]
‘The Colonel’ (as Tommy is referred to by the students) picked up the Clouddog students at the end of their cultural tour at Eshowe, and was pleased to find them ready and waiting. Everyone had even followed instructions and packed their small trail rucksacks the night before, so all that was left to do was […]
Here at Umkhumbi Lodge we often get calls from our neighbours to rescue them from snakes, sometimes they are highly venomous and other times are a simple case of mistaken identity. In this particular instance our neighbour was right to call us as the little slitherer was a baby puff adder. Even when very […]
Impala comes from the Zulu word meaning Gazelle. There are thought to be approximately two million impala across Africa. Their abundance is attributed to their extraordinary skills of adaptation. Unlike most ungulates Impala have developed the ability to become either grazers or browsers dependent on the availability of food and they also have an amazing ability […]
After weeks of waiting and digging the hole… …and waiting for the pool to arrive. It came and a week later the pool man came and we were all taunted by the invitingly blue water glinting in the sunshine. But why wait till summer?!
Hey there, Issie and I were lucky enough to find ourselves with a day off on Saturday so we did what any normal person would do and decided on a drive around Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve; 5:30 am: Why am I up this early?! It’s cold, feels like I’m back in the UK! Why are we […]
An amazing selection of birds here at the moment! From Long crested eagles to Pink throated twinspots including our resident Purple-Crested Turaco sparkling in the winter sun. We even had our regular guest Mr Goshawk, although we’re not 100% certain which type he is. Any suggestions welcome!