Newsletter March 2012
Dear guests and friens,
Autumn is here…our favourite time of the year at White Elephant: tall green bush, beautiful balmy days, silent windless nights, shiny well fed animals, everything so perfect. Sometimes we wish we could push the pause button so everyone could have a chance to experience this special season at White Elephant. It is also the start of rutting season. Rutting provides for spectacular scenes of impala clashing horns and the sound of explosive snorts breaking the quiet of moonlit evenings. Full moon dates are: 6 April and 6 May (peak of impala rut).[more]
Newsletter Novermber 2011
Hello White Elephant friends,
As 2011 is nearing the end, herewith a newsletter from a slightly different angle: News about the daily challenges, achievements and events pertaining to not only the lodges but also to our wildlife and the daily conservation challenges.
Although rhino poaching has been in the headlines for a while now, touch wood, we have had no rhino poached but protecting these endangered and rare species from extinction has become a real challenge. We have had two new born black rhino calves this year and incredibly, we have had 57 sightings reported by our guides and guests for October alone. With the continued support of Brothers Safaris, we have also managed to microchip, ear notch and collar one of the sub-adult bulls (born on White Elephant since their re-introduction in 2008 as part of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project). Thank you Colin, Jackie, Suzan and wildlife vet Dr Peter Brothers for allowing us to action these vital procedures to manage and conserve our black rhino. During this ‘Veterinary Safari’ we also managed to immobilize and re-collar ‘Lucky’, one of the seven vasectomised elephant bulls vasectomised by Disney World’s Elephant Population Management Project team in 2009, who had outgrown his radio collar.
NEW RELEASE November 2011
NEW RELEASE!! For our Safari Lodge guests that would just like to stay over to relax, enjoy our superb cuisine - venison dishes is our speciality!, experience exclusivity surrounded by an absolute majestic natural and peaceful environment teaming with wildlife, without having to participate on any activities, we are now offering a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast rate of R 1155 per person per night sharing (R 1500 pppn single). Please contact Stephanie at reservations and book your D, B&B stay at our five star White Elephant Safari Lodge[more]
Spring is in the air in and it is only August!
Spring seems to have arrived early this year in more ways than one: The sausage trees are flowering, days have been warm and White Elephant has a number of new babies.[more]
Newsletter March 2011
Bush Camp Announcement
From 1 May 2007, White Elephant Bush Camp will now be available only as a private camp for exclusive hire.[more]
White Elephant in the News
The first time I met the owner of the White Elephant Safari Lodge, Heinz Kohrs, I thought he was a member of staff. A very interesting one, who had gleaned a fair bit of knowledge about the area he was working in.[more]
Black Rhino Range Expansion Project
Please see the below newsletter from the WWF/ Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, which as you will see, took place in the Pongola Game Reserve, home to White Elephant Safari Lodge and Bush Camp.[more]
CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER December 2010
It is still time to wish you a Wonderful Year 2004! Good health, Love, Peace Happiness and Prosperity are what Jean and I wish for you!
Flying For Africa visits White Elephant
Michael Fay, the well known conservationist and researcher from the World Conservation Society, is doing a 15 month long low level aerial transect across Africa transversing every major eco-region on the continent.
Irish Times Article
Jean Beliveau and the wwwalk!
Time goes by as fast as the wind... and Jean follows it closely! On this day of August 18, 2004, Jean celebrates his 49th birthday and the 4th anniversary of his walk.
Life is a journey, a safari...
The Red Winds
Every ten years a phenomenon of nature occurs near The Pongola River (now the Jozini lake)...
ZULU King Goodwill Zwelithini
ZULU King Goodwill Zwelithini will this weekend walk his daughter Princess Ntombiyesizwe down the aisle at PONGOLA Rugby Stadium.
On Thursday 9 September 2004, round about 16h00, whilest travelling on the way back from Pongola to White Elephant in the Pongola Game Reserve South, we spotted a 'albinistic' Burchall's Coucal, flying across the N2 where it crosses the Pongola River.