Bush Beat No 22

July 2011

Bush Beat No 22

July 2011

Winter is in full swing and we must say it has been unusually chilly in Zululand, but it has been very busy for all and once again time is flying past . There have been many exciting developments at the lodge and I hope you have been following our Facebook and twitter for all the updates. We are running some wonderful specials this winter to encourage you to come and visit us soon, we have also launched a new competition for our guests.. Regards Ben ter Huurne (MD)


Bush Bulletin:
Winter….some people love the cold weather, but the rest of us are counting the days until spring! Like everything and everywhere else, winter at Amakhosi has its ups and downs……Luckily there are more ups than downs!
For most of us getting out of bed at 05:30 is not easy, especially when it’s cold and dark outside! And even more when your King-size bed with the warm feather-duvet is calling your name…
Winter is a tricky time with regards to game viewing…sometimes sightings are fantastic since the grass is dry and low, but then, the cats are basically the same color as the grass and you can hardly see them! Not to mention the elephants and rhinos…one would assume that such large animals will stand out…o no! They are the best camouflaged animals out there! Those grey coats blend in so well, it’s unbelievable!
This weekend however was different. I don’t know if it was Ranger Gert with his incredible instinct or Mandla with his tracking skills (or maybe Lady Luck had a backseat?), but they had the most amazing sightings and unforgettable bush-experience!
Friday kicked off with 4 elephant bulls showing of their strength by pushing over a couple of trees right next to the vehicle….
On Saturday, the morning drive started with more elephant bulls and ended with 4 cheetahs soaking up the sun.
The afternoon produced, yes, once again, elephant bulls!
But nothing compares to Sunday morning! After tracking the pride of lions for quite some time, they appeared out of the mist, less than 10m in front of the vehicle! And did they perform! They yawned, marked their territory and vocalized a few times, just fantastic!
After the lions, well, guess what? Yes, elephants again! And this time really very close! And so many! The whole breeding herd surrounded the vehicle.
After 10 long minutes of absolute silence, the curios elephant moved off to go chew on something that is actually edible and tasty!
Then the very small grey ‘blob’ was noticed next to a cow approximately 30m away…. It was staring with huge black eyes at us before curling up his trunk and nudges its mother for a bit of milk!
As if that’s not enough, on the way back to the lodge, 4 cheetahs have just caught a wildebeest and is having breakfast right there in the middle of the road!
Not to mention the Giant Kingfisher that caught a fish right next to Mziki-bridge! Just to see one of these beautiful birds is a treat, but to see it in action… Amazing!
Back at the lodge, another surprise is waiting…
Milas, the hand-reared warthog came to visit.
After having her belly scratched, she played model for some really great close-up warthog shots! Don’t know who enjoyed it most….guests meeting a warthog or Milas being centre of attention???
After all the morning-excitement, Ranger Gert decided to go out and look for the rhinos. Quickly Mandla picked up the tracks for 2 rhinos and off they went.
Within 20 minutes they saw them in the distance. Gert switched off the vehicle and everyone had to keep quiet and wait….
Before long the curios rhinos came to investigate, just as Gert predicted…
They stayed with the vehicle for quite some time before trotting off into the bush.
Monday morning, last game drive, was dedicated to the Buffaloes. The buffalo breeding herd was last seen in an area quite far from the lodge, but Gert and Mandla managed to find them and it was definitely worth the distance!
To wrap it up, winter was cold, but with determined Rangers and Trackers, and dedicated staff, everyone leave Amakhosi with fond memories, great photos and a new found appreciation of nature and wildlife!

Team news:
We are pleased to announce that the new addition to our team Sam Moralo

This is Sam's Story

Samuel “Sam” Moralo

I was born in a little village called Bapong about 45 km from Rustenburg, went to a local school called Saint Teresa high. After my high school I went to study for electrical engineering but I only figured out later that it was not for me. I got my first job in Sun city as a security officer then moved to the banqueting department as my love for hospitality kept on growing and only then I figured that I am actually very passionate about service and hospitality. Later I had an opportunity to fill the Guest service attendant position at the main hotel casino, that’s were I found the confirmation for my passion and I decided to do something about it.

Being from a small rural village, I was very happy to share my expertise in humanity and courtesy that I have gathered through the years of my growth and I proved to excel. I left South Africa in 2004 to continue my venture in the US where I worked for well renowned exotic country clubs and other hospitality firms.

Coming back home in 2007 was interesting as I felt quite a big change in our style of hospitality. I should say I am a proud to say that I am an African as our hearts are made to be hospitable and we definitely excel in it. I am now found in one of many exclusive lodges in South Africa called Amakhosi. Amakhosi came out to me being a property that has culture and the best feel of home (Africa) with its location, the rivers, mountains, trees, sunrises or sunsets, people and animals always reminds me of how beautiful mother natures creations can be. Amakhosi meaning the place of kings has proved to live by its name, our guests are treated as kings and queens. I am very proud to belong to these family and we are all proud to say we serve kings and queens. I will catch you on facebook.

Lodge News
As mentioned above it has been a busy and exciting period at the lodge and we have finalized various activities for the guests, as well as starting with some refurbishment's of the rooms.

Our passionate ranger Mandie, has been particularly busy and has created a lovely new activity for our young guests, which was launched this last school holiday. The Eco Trail, is a fun and educational short trail, the rangers will teach our "rangers in training" various survival skills, animal tracking, facts about the indigenous plants , birds and so much more.

The cultural experience, this is up and running , this is a day in the life of a "working Zulu village" which is part of an upliftment program for the Maqonqo Village and a great experience for all.
We are still run our seasonal birding, frogging and walking safaris. So as you can see plenty to keep even the most active client satisfied.

Just a reminder , that we do have a conference room and lately we have had some very successful visits from our corporate clients and of course this is also a great location for weddings and special occasions.

Of course, not to forget our private villa , this is ideal for our guests that want to have some privacy yet enjoy all that the lodge as to offer, the Villa is set in the most beautiful location overlooking the Mkuze River, added bonus with the villa is that you are entitled to your own private vehicle and ranger.

Please contact us should you require more details on any of the above activities or packages.

Guest Competition
We are looking for the great "shot" so please send us your best Amakhosi photograph , we will choose the photo of the month which will be loaded on our facebook page and at the end of November we will announce the winner. The prize is a stay for two for two nights at the lodge...

Please ensure that your photo is sent in JPEG to sales@amakhosi.com

This lovely special is still available .

Amakhosi is a five star big five safari lodge, situated in the heart of Zululand on the Mkuze river in a 12000 ha,beautiful private reserve, where royal treatment is part of every day, the ideal location to spoil that someone special.

Rate is R 2.200.00 per person per night sharing, fully inclusive:

Rates are per person sharing per night, and fully inclusive of the following:
• Accommodation in a Luxurious Suite with a view on the River and a private viewing deck
• 3 Meals daily plus soft drinks and house wines
• 2 game drives with qualified guides

Only for new bookings with a minimum stay of two nights stay and the third being free and subject to availability. Valid for stay up till the 31 Aug. 2011 Conditions and limited block out periods apply.