Mid Winter News and sightings at Ivory…

Ivory Lodge has received some excellent reviews these past 3 weeks of which we are very proud. We accommodated a last minute booking for a delightful group from Malaysia who reported on Trip Advisor that Ivory had been their best experience throughout their African Safari. We owe thanks to our dedicated staff and especially to our head Chef Washington and to Jordan who has recently joined us. Peter Sibanda and Stephen Tshuma, our guides went the “extra mile” to find the big cats and delighted our guests in doing so. Peter manager was on top form entertaining our guests. He arranged for Jeremy Borg, our esteemed Painted Wolf viticulturist, to host a superb wine tasting evening.  Just to note that in one year, Jeremy’s wine production has blossomed  from producing just Merlot and cape Blend, to now exporting no less than 14 different varieties and he has just won the British Airways award.  Please remember that when you are enjoying Painted Wolf wines on your BA flights to Ivory Lodge, that every bottle sponsors the conservation of our endangered painted dogs, right here in Hwange.

The Elephants have been with us every day for the whole month of July and are growing in numbers as we speak. It seems Winter has shaken up the whole of Hwange with it’s icy temperatures so early morning game drives have been a little quiet of late but by 11am right here at the lodge, all manner of beast are turning up to sun themselves and frolic in the cool waters and soft  warm sunshine. We have been treated to beautiful herds of sable, eland and water buck, zebra and giraffe are regular visitors. The lions passed by on their way to the airport three mornings ago, only to miss the 200 strong herd of Buffalo that spent the afternoon with us yesterday.

With the ever increasing popularity of Ivory Lodge, we have this week welcomed a third guide to our family.  Zulu joined us this week and is rumored to be amongst the finest Zimbabwe has to offer.   We also welcome Sheppard who is an apprentice gardener under the watchful eye of Patrick Mbene, aka “Gringo”. Sheppard has started with a refreshing youthful enthusiasm and is very happy to be back in home territory, with his family around the corner, in Hwange. His brother, Future is currently employed at Amalinda.

Happy Holidays to all our young Zimbabweans, now on school holidays and good luck with your exam results! Just to let you know, we had many of your teacher’s here this weekend marking your papers!  They wouldn’t let us peek though.

Belinda and Pete