Roads & Tracks
- A portion of Mopani Drive on Buffelsbed was graded and compacted, mitre drains were serviced.
- All river crossings were graded and dragged with tyres.
- Grading and tyre dragging occurred on Argyle on Route 1, Timbavati Road East, and Poacher’s Way.
- Regular inspections of the airstrip surface were carried out and recorded in the register.
- The apron was dragged with tyres to clear weeds.
- The runway surface was dragged with tyres to smooth over ruts and animal droppings.
The Conservation Team carried out a significant amount of work on the electric fence, both the camp fence and Sibon fence.
- Additional “Y-Standards” in the form of support droppers were added to the fence to improve basic structure confidence and assist with additional earthing.
- A new design single strand positive wire is being trialled on all the steel uprights to improve current load.
- All wire joints are being firmly clamped.
- Encroaching grass and vegetation are being cleared around the support poles.
Bomas, Hides and Picnic Sites
- Elephants destroyed the timber walkway screen at Elephant Pan Hide. Following an insurance claim the walkway screen will be replaced in due course. A short temporary vehicle track is demarcated to allow safe access to the hide. The track will be fully rehabilitated once the walkway screen is reinstated.
- At Aloe Ridge, the Conservation Team is experimenting with water provision to the natural pool in the river in place of pumping water into the small holding dam immediately below tables and benches.
Walkway screen at Elephant Pan Hide destroyed by elephants
Lath shade extended on pool deck
- No incidents on Ingwelala during the reporting period.
General Fire risk management
The fuel load and biomass are classified and rated as high in certain areas of the camp. This is due to the late summer rains extending the growth season.
Special Notices drawing attention to the time of the year and high risk have is highlighted in the Gate Letter.
Managers on duty draw Members’ attention (via Member Channel 1) to the high fire risk under windy conditions.
A small veld fire was reported at The Platform. The fire was extinguished and on investigation it was found that a stray coal from the fire pit was the cause of ignition.
- Fire-fighting equipment is checked on a weekly basis.
- X 1 tractor available to assist with fire-fighting (x2 water drawn carts).
- X 1 “Bakkie-Sakkie” serviceable and responsive on a “first call” basis.
- X 20 fire beaters and and x 4 knap-sack sprays in good working order.
- X 2 “frog pumps” fully operational.
The following graph shows the monthly Eskom Usage (Kwh) for Ingwelala.
Vehicles and Workshop
- The general fleet and static plant maintenance is 100% compliant with the servicing schedule.