As lodge staff, we are used to „isolating“ ourselves from city life for a few weeks at a time. We love waking up with nothing but bird sounds, ending the day with gorgeous skies and hearing the lion roar in the distance of the night. But it has been strange to be at the lodge without guests around. One of the things we have noticed is the change in animal behaviour. Just a few examples;
Giraffe snack time
A few years ago, we had days when there were no guest in house. On those days, the giraffes, who would normally only come to the chalets at night, also noticed the quietness. Within a few hours, they would start roaming between the chalets during daytime.
Giraffe love Bougainvillea
Outside of the management house is a large Bougainvillea. It has beautiful pink flowers and it prevents anyone looking straight into the house. If the lodge was quiet, the whole bush could be stripped of most of its flowers and leaves within one night. I still remember waking up one morning and hearing a big thumb outside the window. The memory of opening up the bedroom curtain and looking straight into a giraffes eyes will last forever!
Since then the lodge has become a lot busier. We now have guests on a daily basis, and our giraffes are mostly viewed on the open plains in between the biking routes or on the side of the roads.
There’s quite some foot traffic every day around our house and so the Bougainvillea has gotten the chance to grow into a huge, patio covering bush. A few months ago we were actually talking about how thick it has become.
Due to COVID-19, from one day to the other, all activity stopped on the lodge. It only took them 2 days! One afternoon I walked to our house and immediately noticed it from the road: I looked straight into our patio! No more foliage coverages!
Giraffe snack time is back!
40 Elephants visiting our backyard
With no guests its more quite on the reserve and we can enjoy nature to its fullest.
While busy with our daily routine we could hear the noise of an Elephantherd coming down the Welgevonden mountains from far far away. We quickly made our way to the restaurant to watch the herd making there way down to the river for an afternoon refreshment.
We are looking forward to sharing these experiences with you again in the near future!