Happy New Year from the staff at Robin Pope Safaris’ Mkulumadzi Lodge!
The recent rains over Majete Wildlife Reserve – where Mkulumadzi Lodge is located – have transformed it into a beautiful lush and emerald green wonderland for the guests of Robin Pope Safaris! Despite the thick and dense vegetation, the Big 5 have been making frequent appearances and were the highlight of the year-end celebrations!
The cats in particular have been quite busy, with some activity even occurring around the lodge. Recently, in a very rare sighting, two young male lions managed to cross the Shire River in front of the lodge. African Parks had to take them back to the other side of the river in the concession but they made their way back across the fluctuating river in no time!
Whilst taking guests to the lodge’s main area to begin the New Year’s Eve celebrations, the lions could be heard roaring close-by, which certainly got everyone’s adrenaline going. As if that wasn’t enough of a show from the lions, the guests from two chalets that stayed behind from the usual game drive the next morning had a first time Mkulumadzi experience. While they were laying in bed, sipping on their coffee, they got to watch the two lions lazing around on the shore across the river! Never before have guests been able to witness this from the comfort of chalets at Mkulumadzi Lodge so it was an incredibly special view to wake up to on New Year’s Day.
Along with these fantastic sightings of lions, guests at Mkulumadzi heard other interesting wildlife calls in the area. While enjoying sundowners from the star-bed, guests were thrilled when they heard a leopard nearby. Hyena have also been heard and their tracks have been spotted near one of the chalets. Not wanting to be left out of the limelight, there have been regular sightings of rhinos, even on the roads in clear view, much to the delight of guests.
Robin Pope Safaris wishes everyone all the best in 2019! With such a great start to the year, the staff at Mkulumadzi anticipate many more exciting times ahead.