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Tau Game Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve

News from The Bush in October - by Reggi Baretto

                        

After spending three years guiding in other reserves, I was excited to join the Tau Team in Madikwe Game Reserve, and I can honestly say I have not been dissappointed. We hosted The Tribe, a group of 54 guests who stayed with us for 4 nights, and then we also lucky enough to hold a wedding up at Nick's Viewpoint.  October has gone by in such a blur with some truly special sightings in the bush and around the lodge


From the upper deck of the lodge during high tea we've been entertained by watching a couple of our local crocodiles now and then attempt to catch a fish or water bird, or large groups of elephants coming to drink and play in the muddy water. The waterhole is still much smaller than it is in the summer after the rains, but it still attracts large numbers of animals who regularly come to use our facilities. 



Following up on the last update from our new lion cubs on our previous blog's, the Batsumi, I am delighted to confirm that they are doing great! They are both growing up so quickly and their personalities are starting to show when we see them out on drive. They are also starting to move around a bit under the watchful eye of their mother. They are still super-relaxed with the vehicles, which is great news. We have been very cautious when viewing them, and this seems to have paid off as they are happy to feed, play and snooze while we are present. 


One of the highlights this month has been the elusive leopard, and we all were treated to a wonderful sighting of a young male with a female impala kill in the tree for a few days until he disappeared into the night. 

Apart from our amazing Big 5 sightings this month we've had wonderful zebra viewing near the lodge waterhole, including a full-on fight for dominance between two stallions and a brand new-born foal only a couple of days old. We are all waiting the explosion of babies in the reserve, on their wobbley legs, and as soon as we get out first baby impala, we will make sure let you know. 


Keep following our Tau Blog for more updates!

Reggi

The sweet scent of spring in the air - by Michael Rae

                        


Upon my arrival back to Madikwe, back from a two week break, I felt my heart beating to a new rhythm, the cold had retreated and the fresh smell of the shepherd tree blossoms filled my breaths. The first signs of spring have arrived in our arid piece of Africa.


A glorious time for our veld approaches, as the suns light grows warmer and starts to draw sweat from our skin. So far the heavens have opened to gift us a mere twenty odd mils of rain which has settled dust and restored some colour to the dead ground. This is an incredible time in Southern Africa and even though I’ve been witness to this amazing change of season many times, it’s always eagerly awaited and leaves to soon.


Although not much life has fallen from the clouds, you can already sense a new energy in nature. The trees and brush buzz with busy flutter and romantic song as birds prepare for courtship. Strange and wonderful little arthropods emerge from nowhere to play part in this beautiful transformation. This is a time of warmth and colour in the African bushveld, a time where life begins again.


Rain is around the corner, I can feel it, we all can. All I hope is that we receive enough later into the season to help us through the next winter. I came across a wonderful poem not long ago, written by Wayne Visser, which perfectly describes characteristics of Africa including our amazing thunderstorms.

“I know a place in Africa

Where I can hear the voice of thunder gods

And watch their lightening spears thrown to earth

Where I can breathe the scent of rain clouds

And taste the sweet dew of dusty drops”


I recommend reading the whole poem and you can find it on his website, it’s called ‘I know a place in Africa’.

In the last two weeks we are proud to say we have had two sightings of our new lion cubs and we estimate their age to be about 10 or 11 weeks old. These cubs have brought a new light to our corner of Madikwe and all the guides have really enjoyed their presence. I’ve been racking my brain the last month for a suitable name for these adorable little fluff balls and finally I found it. Based on their father’s reputation of being a cunning hunter and his ability to take down large game like giraffe and buffalo I decided to name them Batsumi, meaning hunters. The last sighting we had of the cubs was the afternoon of the 18th, we watched the cubs suckle and play just a few paces from our vehicle.

Dylan was able to take the above beautiful shot of the cubs in action, well done buddy! 

More news from the Tau team coming soon. Go to  the Tau Rangers Facebook page for more updates.