The Garonga Diaries: Winter, Walks and Wild Enthusiasm!

Dear Diary,

This week the winter bite has truly set in and sent everyone scrambling through forgotten hiding places for hats and gloves! There is an argument that we might be overreacting, today for example, our daily temperature is set to swing between 9°C and 23°C – in England this would be considered balmy but for Limpopo this mandates full winter gear (except of course for trousers – #realguideswearshorts) and a lot of commenting on the arctic type weather! In our defence we are not built for this!

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The Garonga Diaries: A Purrfect End to the Week

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As the Starks would say – winter is coming! The mornings have a definite bite to them now and our days are starting with us more and more bundled up. On Friday last week the Safari Squad were doing a passable impression of the Michelin Man and were on our way to finish up clearing the airstrip.

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The Garonga Diaries: Double Takes

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This week in the lodge was one of doubles! What, we asked ourselves, could possibly make a week better than by enjoying our ‘Cake Friday’? The answer, of course, was to double the cake quotient! The wonderful Bukani had her birthday on Wednesday and as all birthdays should be it was a day of singing and CAKE! In these strange times it was particularly wonderful to be able to celebrate life.

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The Garonga Diaries: Flames, Firing and Fiery Souls

Dear Diary,

Another week has slipped past, and we have used our time well! With maintenance of the reserve well under way, our focus inevitably moves towards our guests who are being thoroughly missed at the moment, and whilst we have some downtime we are experimenting with new ways to make the Garonga guest experience that much more unforgettable!

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The Garonga Diaries: New Friends and Style Trends

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Causing a spate of wild excitement the Safari Team (briefly) acquired a mascot this week! We discovered a very lost Little Free-Tail Bat (Tadarida Chaerephon pumilus) sitting on the office step one morning! These chaps are pretty successful as they are open air foragers and often specialise in catching moths and other high-flying insects. They are one of few animals to actively thrive around human influence. Lights around human settlements tend to attract insects, which is basically a banquet for these wonderful creatures!

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