March 2019 Newsletter
Celebration has been in the air this month, guests toasting to Ireland’s Saint Patrick’s Day, a romantic engagement taking place and owner Chris Sussens turning 60 years old. Guests have enjoyed some wonderful wildlife experiences … energetic elephants playing in the mud, cheetahs snoozing in the shade, crocodiles ‘smiling’ in the sun and a family of rhino enjoying a leisurely stroll. There has not been much rain since the massive downpour in February and the animals are enjoying the ‘green’ while it lasts. The dry winter season will be upon us soon. The Baby Box Project, which involves giving gifts of hope to new moms, is going well and we’re proud to be supporting it through Pack for a Purpose. We’re encouraging our guests to make their travels meaningful by using a small amount of luggage space to pack supplies needed by community projects in Limpopo. Take a look at some of our March highlights below.
A month of toasts!
Every March 17, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated with parades, parties, and a lot of green. This date marks the death of Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Our Tshukudu guests were in good spirits as we celebrated with ‘magic green stuff’ to mark the occasion and toast to the ‘luck of the Irish’. A few days later, love was in the air as two of our guests, Leander and Ulrike, enjoyed a magical ‘bush’ engagement! We wish them a lifetime of happiness together. On the 27th owner Chris Sussens celebrated a special birthday milestone – the big 6-0! If you haven’t read it yet, take a look at our mid-month blog to find out more about Chris.
Surprise engagement celebration in the bush!
Chris Sussens celebrated his 60th birthday on 27 March
Intombi’s turn with the cooler box!
Last month we shared the amusing story of the lioness who stole the cooler box while guests were enjoying sundowners on a game drive. Not to be outdone, Ntombi decided it was her turn to explore what refreshments were in the cooler box. We’ll have to wait and see if Floppy and Hunter catch on to this new feline trend next month!
Despite the fact that we’re now in the ‘quiet season’, our March guests enjoyed some incredible sightings of lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, crocodile and giraffe.
O.J. suckling from his sister
“Adam” (a 3.5 meter croc) enjoying the sunshine
Ntombi and her brothers, Floppy and Hunter have, as usual, stolen the limelight, feasting on an impala kill, enjoying lazy siestas in the shade and scaling trees for fun. Of course they’re never averse to receiving affection from guests. It is such a privilege to see these cheetahs in their natural habitat, roaming free and yet enjoying a symbiotic relationship with human beings. During daily morning walks, guests have the opportunity to learn about tracks and signs of the bush and have the chance of seeing wildlife on foot. If the cheetahs are in the vicinity, they often approach the walking group and stroll alongside them to say hello. We know this is a very special experience for people who might never get another opportunity to see cheetahs in the wild.
Supporting new mothers and newborns with the Baby Box Project
Pack for a Purpose is an international organisation that encourages travellers to pack something to donate to a cause in need of support in whatever destination they are travelling to. We are very proud to have partnered with this initiative, and the cause we have chosen to support is the Baby Box Project in Hoedspruit, which donates supplies for new mothers and their infants at Mpumalanga's Tintswalo Hospital, which has the highest birth rate in the province. Tintswalo services the community of Bushbuckridge and much further afield where expectant mothers from rural and underprivileged areas are in need of baby clothes and products, as well as toiletry and sanitary products for themselves.
The Baby Box Project puts together "starter packs" and delivers them directly to mothers in need at the hospital right after giving birth. We are great supporters of this compassionate and important work, and are proud to contribute to the cause.
We would like to invite our future guests to consider keeping a small space in their luggage to "pack for a purpose" and include some items that can be donated to newborn babies and new Moms.
Here is the link to the initiative on our website where you can find all the information you need should you like to contribute and be a part of the movement.