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Firstly, the young male that I thought might have died, did not (which was great news), but instead seemed to be recovering slightly, and was moving with his brothers and sisters as the five sub adult lions started to see some hunting success.
Firstly, the pride is known as the Sohebele Pride, after the Sohebele River that runs through the Timbavati and confluences with the Nhlarulumi River in the middle of camp. The pride comprises of seven lions; two adult females, four sub-adults aged 32-months and one sub-adult female aged 25-months.
Elephants are to be culled in national parks in the near future.
This will be done as part of a controlled experimental programme undertaken by South Africa National Parks (SANParks) to determine the effects of culling, contraception and range expansion on social behaviour and the meta-population.
The new look Beacon Boma has received a wonderful upgrade and drawn favourable comment from early users. It is modified to facilitate a rustic type overnight experience, highly recommended of course!
To also accommodate the less adventurous, the facility may still be booked as a braai only venue.
We've all seen kills and marvelled at how quickly a zebra can be disposed of, nothing is wasted in the fight for survival in the bush. Ever wondered at how long it takes for an elephant to disappear?
The APNR game count is an aerial survey using a helicopter. Basically the methodology used is the aircraft flies up and down in straight line transects, two observers in the rear counting all game within a fixed surface area beneath the plane outwards towards the defined perimeter.
Ingwelala's challenge (at reserve level) for the most part of June was water provision to the bungalows. Members who visited the reserve during this time experienced poor water pressure and delivery. There were certain bungalows that had no water for considerable periods. I can only sympathise with the inconvenience and discomfort it has caused. At the time of writing this report in early July, the problem persists.
"I would like to bring to your attention the recent problems we have had at Ingwelala during our stay of 7th 19th August, 2006. We were visited by the baboon troop currently running amok on the bungalows in the camp.
Upgrades to our shop were recently completed.
It is now much brighter, sporting two tills, with well-displayed merchandise:
Two extremely rare white lions have been born in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve (UPNR) bordering the Kruger National Park and their birth, along with two recent unsavoury hunting incidents, has prompted a moratorium on the shooting of the big cats in the area.