The Garonga Diaries: Double Takes

Dear Diary,

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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Safari Camp Stories: African Adrenaline Junkies

by Sophie Barrett, guide at Garonga

As a guide I live in a heady world of adrenaline highs and lows. Each drive and walk is filled with excitement and possibility – you never know what the bush is going to offer you that day. The longer you are in the business the more superstitions you pick up, you start to notice what order you dressed in, or whether you were wearing your hat the day you had a particularly unusual sighting. For me it has reached the stage where I have collected seven pairs of lucky socks just to be sure that I am never without!

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The Garonga Diaries: Cakes, Cats and Coaches!

Dear Diary!

This week is going to rank, most definitely, as a great week! The ultimate highlight has to be that Bernie has introduced a weekly “cake day” (Fridays for those who are interested) and so each week the fabulous Reineth will keep her skills razor sharp – and our sanity and salivary glands in action – by rustling up a sweet delight in the kitchen!

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