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Candice Lane

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We at SRBL are always behind the efforts made to stop rhino poaching, especially in our beloved Kruger National Park. We keep a close eye on any new or developments published in regards to Rhino Poaching. It was therefore with a heavy heart that we heard about this news (take a read below - all information was taken from the SAN Parks website - visit www.sanparks.co.za for further information)

 

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The arrest on Tuesday of the former SANParks field Sergeant and two police constables based at the Skukuza police station in the Kruger National Park was the results of a joint intelligence-driven operation between the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) and officials of the Kruger National Park. 

Park rangers and the Endangered Species team of the Hawks were on their routine duties when they came across a black rhinoceros carcass in the Kruger National Park on Tuesday morning. 

The team pulled a marked Skukuza police van over after receiving information. On searching the van, a person suspected of being a poacher, who was armed with a .375 hunting rifle and rounds of ammunition, was found. When the constables were asked about the man and the rifle, they could not give a satisfactory explanation and were arrested.

During the operation the rifle, ammunition, a silencer and poaching equipment was seized.

“The SANParks and SAPS officials who performed the arrests are congratulated for their outstanding work.  The arrest sends a strong message that officials alleged to be involved in poaching will be arrested and face the full might of the law,” said Minister Molewa. 

The Head of the Hawks in Mpumalanga, Major General Simon Mapyane, applauded the team under the stewardship of Colonel Johan Brits for work well done. 

“Colonel Brits is going on pension this Friday, 30 May 2014, after serving the police for 39 years and eight days. He is leaving a mark and has handed the mantle to the team,” said General Mapyane. 

“The suspects were tasked with the responsibility to patrol the streets around the park and to confront suspicious vehicles. It is clear that these members were doing the opposite,” added General Mapyane.  

Both members are now facing charges of corruption and the person suspected of being a poacher is facing charges of being in the possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition. They will appear in the Skukuza Magistrates’ Court soon.

In another operation in the early hours of the 27 May 2014, rangers at Pretoriuskop made contact with a group of suspected poachers. During the incident, one of the suspects was fatally wounded and the remaining two managed to escape under the cover of darkness. Poaching equipment, a .458 hunting rifle and ammunition were recovered during the operation.

The Officer Commanding of the SANParks Rangers Corps, Major General (RET) Johan Jooste commended all the units that were involved in the arrests of the suspects.  He added that the war was intensifying but the men and women in uniform were certainly up to the task. 

“The incursions are now relentless and taking their toll on our resources, but we have men and women that are dedicated and fully committed to the cause, they are determined to win this war,” said Maj Gen (ret) Jooste.

These successes follow shortly after a very successful week of SANParks / SAPS operations both inside and outside the Kruger. Three foreign Chinese nationals were arrested in Gauteng on the 22nd May for possession and dealing in rhino horn, whilst six suspected poachers were arrested in the surrounding areas just outside the KNP and a further two arrested and two fatally wounded inside the KNP. 

The Park has been under tremendous pressure from poachers, as it is home to over 80% of the global population of both white and black rhino that still roam in the wild. The animals are being illegally hunted for their horn, driven mainly by demand from South East Asia. Crime syndicates have been identified as the main culprits in recruiting those that kill the animals. 

Since January 1, 2014, the Kruger National Park has lost 272 animals to poachers and 52 individuals have been arrested.   A total of 419 rhino have been poached in South Africa so far this year.

Of the total number of rhino poached, 48 rhino have been killed in Limpopo, 41 in KwaZulu-Natal and 26 in North West.   A total of 119 people have been arrested in connection with rhino poaching.

Maj Gen (ret) Jooste reminded South Africans that the battle will be won outside the reserves, when the kingpins are brought to book. He urged those with information to make use of the Tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or 32211; contact Crime Line where they will remain anonymous or their nearest police station with information. He also thanked his team for their commitment and dedication to the fight to save South Africa’s Natural heritage."

 

Such a terrible story... Until next time - SAVE OUR RHINOS

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We at Sabie River Bush Lodge are always looking for new and improved ways to keep our guests happy and ensure that their experience with us is a memorable one!

 

So we have decided to expand and renovate our Kitchen to improve our guests dining experience!

 

Renovations got underway yesterday and should be completed in a month or so! Watch this space for further developments.

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Hello Travel Buggies!

We heard from one of our previous guest Jaqui Turner who joined us at the Lodge for an awesome holiday. Thank you Jaqui, Paul, Allison, Ron, Courtney and Brooke for sharing your memories with us! We hope to welcome you home (that's back to us of course) very soon!

All the pictures below are courtesy of Jaqui Turner & Family!

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Having a little BUSH Break!!!!

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Are you feeling a little envious of the Turner Family! You should be! But don't despair you can also join us by booking online on the website by clicking the "Make a Booking" icon or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do it all for you!

 

 

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Our GM Stuart monitored the water levels through out the night and this morning and we are pleased to announce that the water level has dropped slightly. Although we are expecting more rain over the next few days we will continue to monitor the water levels and keep everyone updates.

 

In the interim if you would like regular updates on the floods in the Kruger National Park we would recommend you visit www.latestsightings.com or alternatively visit their Facebook Page Latest Sightings - Kruger.

 

Until then we reiterate to our guests and other visitors to the Kruger National Park to drive with caution, keep your head lights on and report any flooding or damaged roads to your nearest entry gate at the Kruger National Park, or at any camps within the Park.

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With the news of the floods that the Kruger National Park and surrounding areas are currently experiencing our CEO would like to keep all of our guests, and visitors to our website updated.

 

The Sabie River upon which the Lodge is situated has this evening burst its banks. At this stage the water level is increasing however we are monitoring the situation 24 hours a day. Our General Manager Stuart is on site to monitor the water level and will continue to monitor the water levels through out the evening and through out the next couple of days. In the interim, we would like you all to know that SABIE RIVER BUSH LODGE REMAINS OPEN FOR YOUR BUSINESS!

 

Our guest's safety is first and foremost to our CEO and Management and thus we have put our natural disaster action plan into standby mode to ensure that we are being proactive in ensuring that our guests are safe and secure. At this stage there is NO DANGER to our guests, and their safety, and we would like to advise all of our current guests, as well as those visiting us in the next few days, that our General Manager and our staff are monitoring the water levels on a continuous and consistent basis.

Please feel free to contact Candice on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries or questions regarding the floods around the Lodge.

 

To end off we appeal to all of our guests, and website visitors that should you be traveling into the Kruger Park or the surrounding areas, that you travel with caution, increase your following distance and keep your headlights on at all times to increase the visibility of your vehicle and to assist you with being able to see the vehicles around you.

For a full list of roads affected in the Kruger Park itself we suggest you visit the SANParks website / alternatively visit our Facebook Page where we will be updating all the road closures as and when we get the information. Until then we can advise that Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie Bridges are experiencing severe flooding and we suggest you avoid those bridges. Should you still unsure of your travel route please ask any of the staff at the Lodge or at any of the Kruger National Parks Entrance gates for assistance.

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As most of our readers and guests are aware Sabie River Bush Lodge is against Rhino Poaching. Together with Latest Sightings Kruger (www.latestsightings.com) have committed to joining the fight against Rhino Poaching. Our twitter and facebook pages went abuzz with a follower of Latest Sightings Kruger (@latestsightings) when the follower tweeted a picture of a Rhino who had been dehorned but still alive in the Southern Region of the Kruger Park (between Paul Kruger Gate and Phabeni Gates). This not only shocked us at Sabie River Bush Lodge, but also the creator of Latest Sightings Kruger, Nadav.

 

It is with a heavy heart that we tell you all that the Rhino was located by the rangers of the Kruger National Park this morning. After consultation with the Park's vet it was decided that the Rhino be put down to prevent and end the Rhino's pain and suffering. It was found that not only had the Rhino be dehorned, but a bullet was found lodged in the Rhino head. Read the full story here : http://www.sanparks.org/about/news/default.php?id=56009

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THIS incident has raised the Sabie River Bush Lodge's staff & Managements wishes to PLEA to not only our local travellers but our foreign guests as well to join the fight against Rhino Poaching. These animals are not only majestic and beautiful, they are apart of our Big 5 - and if we do not STOP Rhino Poaching the Rhino population will suffer and decrease drastically in numbers in the near future!

 

STOP RHINO POACHING AND REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OR TIP OFF'S TO SAN PARKS!

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We are running a special for last minute deals for Octobeber 2013. Book with us now and get a 25% discount on your accommodation rate.

Various dates and rooms / tents available.

Subject to availability at time of booking.

Terms and Conditions Apply. Normal cancellation policy applies.

No booking will be confirmed until the securing deposit has been received.

 

First come first serve basis.

 

Email us now for a full list of dates, nights and rooms / tents available.

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We are running a special for last minute deals for Octobeber 2013. Book with us now and get a 25% discount on your accommodation rate.

Various dates and rooms / tents available.

Subject to availability at time of booking.

Terms and Conditions Apply. Normal cancellation policy applies.

No booking will be confirmed until the securing deposit has been received.

 

First come first serve basis.

 

Email us now for a full list of dates, nights and rooms / tents available.

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It's official - we are a Lilizela Provincial Award Finalist!

 

Thank you to all of our guests, past and present, who have made this special occasion possible for us!

And a BIG thank you to all our staff who each and every day make Sabie River Bush Lodge an award winning team!

 

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This morning saw the air at Sabie River Bush Lodge be filled with excitement as we had guests on the vehicle who had never been into the Kruger Park and never seen any of our wild animals! It is drives like these that make Pat's job worth while and he loves sharing his knowledge with our guests!

 

here is what they saw:

2 big male lions leaving a buffalo carcass

2 lioness on a giraffe kill

Big herd of buffalo

lots of different herds of elephants

Impala

Kudu

Nyala

Waterbuck

Zebra

Giraffe

 

and the general other game and birds.

 

All in all I think our "first-timers" got a good couple of sightings of our great wild animals!

 

Until next time - be a "first-timer" at Sabie River Bush Lodge and book now to visit us!

 

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On 9 September 2013 Pat once again took to the Kruger National Park in Maurice with guests in tow hoping to find some more great sightings for our guests.

 

Here is what they saw:

Leopard on an Impala kill

2 big male lions

4 Dagga Boys (Buffalo)

Impala

Kudu

Nyala

Giraffe

Zebra

 

A quite day in comparison but then again its all about the bush and being in the right place at the right time.

 

Until next time - BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME - BE AT SABIE RIVER BUSH LODGE!

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Another early start for Pat and Maurice who were taking our guests on a morning drive.

 

Here is what they say:

2 spotted hyena

1 leopard (east of Skukuza Staff Village)

1 male leopard (H-10)

3 lions on a buffalo kill (west of Lubye Lubye)

1 big male lion (who got chased by a big herd of breeding elephants!)

4 Dagga Boys (buffalo)

Nyala

Impala

Kudu

Giraffe

Wildebeest

Warthogs

and the general game and birds.

 

Until next time - remember the early bird catches the worm - so don't be left out BOOK WITH US TODAY!

 

 

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Pat and Maurice once again took to the roads of the Kruger National Park with some of our guests in tow for an afternoon drive.

 

Here is what they saw:

3 female lions on a buffalo kill

5 lioness (Elof east of Bravo)

1 male lion and 3 females (west of Paul Kruger Monument)

3 breeding herds of elephants

Impala

Kudu

Wildebeest

Zebras.

 

Until next time - Don't regret the decision to not visit us - BOOK NOW!

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Today, Pat woke Maurice (our game vehicle) up early to go through the travel plans for the game drive this morning. Maurice was playing stubborn with Pat and it took a little sweet talking from Pat to get Maurice excited about today's drive! I don't blame Maurice for being a little stubborn - the weather had taken a turn and was overcast with a little chilly breeze blowing. None the less Pat and Maurice ventures out again this morning, eager to please, and once again ready to find our guests some amazing sightings.

 

This is what they saw:

7 African Wild Dogs

2 big male lions

Pride of +- 10 lions, who also seemed to be a little on the slow side as they tried hunting a herd of buffalo

2 different herds of elephants

1 female leopard

Giraffes

Kudu

Zebra

1 spotted hyena

African Fish Eagle

Hippos

Crocodiles.

 

This is proof that if you not first in the park you miss all the good sightings!

 

Until next time - remember the EARLY birds catch the worms! Don't get left behind BOOK WITH US TODAY AND MAKE SURE YOU BOOK YOUR PLACE TO GO OUT WITH PAT AND MAURICE.

 

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Pat's interesting facts about the rare sighting in the Kruger Park - The PANGOLIN

 

1. Pangolins are insectivores, feeding mainly on ants and termites.

2. Pangolins are nocturnal and very secretive creatures.

3. Due to the lack of scales on their snout, eyes, ears and underbelly, pangolins curl into a ball for protection when threatened. They can also use the glands on their anus to produce a foul smelling acid in order to deter predators.


4. Pangolins do not have teeth, and they can't chew, but feed by opening anthills/termite mounds with their claws and catch the insects with their sticky tongues, which can be up to 70cm long.


5. Pangolins have very poor eyesight and so they rely on their keen sense of smell to find food.


6. These animals can voluntarily constrict their ears and nostrils to keep insects out while they are feeding.

7. Baby pangolins travel around with their mothers by riding on the base of her tail.

8. Their top running speed is 15km/h.

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PAT'S PAW PRINT OF GOOD GAME VIEWING PRACTICE:

CROSSING SINGLE LANE BRIDGES: when crossing single lane bridges, give way to cars and keep the traffic flowing as much as possible AND be considerate to other vehicles - don't stay on the bridge too long!

CONGESTION AT GAME SIGHTINGS : when you arrive at a sighting and there is traffic congestion the side of the road that is opposite (furtherest away) from the game sighting may not be congested! This lane is used for people who are wanting to leave the sighting! Wait in the queue for your turn to see the sighting!

ANIMALS CLOSE TO THE ROAD: Remember you are in their habitat! When passing animals which are close next to the road, do so slowly as they could become startled by your vehicle passing them and run in front of your vehicle! Keep our wildlife safe!

SMALL ANIMALS CROSSING THE ROAD: When driving in the Kruger Park please be aware that there are little creatures who are trying to cross the road (chameleon, tortoises, snakes etc). They are an integral part of our eco system and are just as important as the bigger animals!
 
REPORT ANYONE WHO YOU SEE NOT STICKING TO THE RULES OF THE KRUGER PARK to your nearest entry / exit gate! Take down their registration number, the road you traveling on and the time of the incident!
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One of our Assistant Managers Sydney took great pride in putting up our Lilizela Award.

 

Here is a picture of him holding up our award!

 

We hoping we win again at Nationals later this month! Stay tuned to find out if we bring it home...again!

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Pat and Maurice once again took to the roads of the world famous Kruger National Park with an aim to please our guests and send them back home with plenty of great pictures of sightings and memories that they will cherish forever! Pat had a few requests from our guests to please find them a leopard before they went home! Pat said he believed they would see one but again, we cant' make promises we can't keep!!!!

After an early start Pat and Maurice took our guests on a morning drive, this is what they saw:

5 Buffalo Bulls

Pride of 10 lions

5 Different herds of elephants

3 different troops of baboons

1 Female Leopard (who was loving all the paparazzi snaps) - PAT FOUND HER FOR OUR GUESTS!

A few giraffe

Some zebra

Lots of Kudu (one male had a beautiful set of horns and our guests were amazed at how Pat could tell his age - afterwards Pat let them in on the secret!)

Nyala

Impala

 

and they just missed a great sighting of a pangolin - when they arrived they could just see the top of his back as he wandered back into the bush!

 

All in all, I would say it was a very successful day on Maurice! Well done Pat!

 

Until next time - If you believe you can, you already half way there!

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Pat and Maurice have been together for almost 3 years now, and Pat has been a game guide for almost 12 years! Pat is very experienced when it comes to game viewing of Elephants and prefers the "rather safe than sorry" view of these great animals. Pat has studied and observed elephants behaviour and signs of irritation etc for over 12 years so he knows how to read a situation when viewing Elephants. Most visitors to the park think they will see the signs of aggression in an elephant - this is not true! So to help you out so you can enjoy the elephants as much as Pat and Maurice do, Pat has given you some tips on safe viewing of elephants!
 
 
Pat & Maurice's General Rules for Safe Viewing of Elephants:
Be careful when you approach a breeding herd of Elephants that have small babies. The matriarch, mothers and other members of the herd do become aggressive, especially when the small babies feel threatened by you being so close. Keep a safe distance, allow the Elephants good space and STAY IN YOUR CAR! (You will not out run an Elephant!)
Musth Bull are ...very aggressive as their hormones try and balance themselves out! Keep a safe distance from the bulls as they tend to become extremely aggressive in a short space of time.
Do not drive off the road to chase the herd for those great pictures you are after!
Do not continuously follow the elephants when they try and walk off. They are trying to show you they have had enough and want to just walk away. Continuously following them could make them aggressive (and this is one fight you won't win! Respect them and they will respect you back)
Give the elephants right of way - after all you are in their territory.
Drive away slowly if they come to close. Do not speed off as this will startle the elephants and the elephant may charge you!
Do not cut the elephants path of walking off. They destroy anything in their paths - especially if the herd has babies.
PLEASE do not try and feed the elephants! This is nature and nature will takes its course as and when needed!

Until next time - Safe Viewing makes for Great Viewing!
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Kruger National Park Gates Opening and Closing Times for September:

 

Open Time: 06h00

 

Close Time: 18h00

 

Remember: even the animals need "peace and quite" to live their wild lives! Stick to opening and closing times and be respectful of their home!

 

Don't speed around the park either!

 

Enjoy the Park and we hope you stay with us!

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