Friday 21 June marked the shortest day of the year and, although we’re in the middle of winter, Tshukudu guests have still been enjoying bright blue skies and sunshine during the day. Early mornings and evenings are quite chilly, so if you’re planning to visit us soon, please pack something warm.
As always, our guests have been treated to some wonderful wildlife sightings in June. A few days ago guests were fortunate enough to witness the dehorning of some of our rhinos, one of the measures we take to protect our rhinos from poaching. On another outing with our guide Andy, guests found an impala carcass in the bush that had been killed by hyenas.
We are so blessed to share this special place with guests from all over the world. In June we had fabulous guests from Brazil and Japan among others. They had an opportunity to take some amazing photos and were effusive about their Tshukudu experience! Take a look at some of our June highlights below.
Protecting our Rhinos
Rhino dehorning is seen as a temporary measure to prevent the killing of a Rhino for its horn by poachers. It is an ongoing process, as the horn regrows after removal. In June we conducted a dehorning of two rhinos on 28 June, with the help of a vet and a specialist support team. Some of our guests were lucky enough to witness the dehorning, and a National Parks Board official was also present to oversee the process. We will be dehorning more rhinos soon.
Feast fit for a croc
On one of our outings with the Brazilian and Japanese guests, we found an impala carcass in the bush that had been killed by hyenas. There was quite a lot of meat left on the carcass, so we took it to the dam and fed it to the crocodile. Nothing goes to waste in nature! After this adventure we had a stunning evening and one of our guests captured an incredible picture of the star-studded night sky.
Guests were treated to sundowners at a very special place on the reserve called Jock’s Rock, where our guide told them the story of this legendary dog. Incidentally, the movie Jock of the Bushveld was filmed on our reserve.
Floppy and Hunter continue to delight and amaze our guests ...
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 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.
Please visit our website for more information if you'd like to contribute and be a part of the movement.