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Adam shares pictures showing why he thinks Ernest Hemingway was thinking about spring time in the Timbavati when he wrote, "“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy.”
“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy”
– Ernest Hemingway
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Last week kicked off with our first rains. A day or two of good soaking has awakened the bush and it has come alive with the brown hue already changing to vibrant greens. The animals have been out in full force and the changing season has even brought out some of the rarer species making the week even more special.
When guests arrive at the lodge one of the animals that is right at the top of their list to see is the leopard.
Leopards are the most elusive and secretive of all cats and, even on the best of days, an animal that is notoriously difficult to see. Their dappled camouflaged coats ensure that if a leopard doesn’t want to be seen, it won’t be. That coupled with their shy demeanour makes it a challenge for any guest or guide to find.
Ferocious teeth. An icy glare that speaks of murder. And an armoured bodysuit made of scales.
Nobody wants to mess with a crocodile.
The crocodile is an intriguing, calculating killer and always a thrilling sighting for UmlaniÂ guests in theTimbavati Game Reserve. They are brutal, skilled hunters and so stealthy. Even at their sometimes massive sizes, they can go along undetected just beneath the water’s surface. One of the scariest characteristics of crocodiles is this ability to surprise.
Umlani guests Callie Heller and Cynthia Rivera tell us their incredible story of their first night in Africa, spent in our treehouse.
We hadn’t even known about the treehouse on Umlani’s grounds, much less planned ahead and booked a night there, before we checked in. In the spirit of the safari adventure, though, when we were told it would only be available our first night, we jumped at the chance to spend a night under the African stars. Neither of us could begin to imagine what was in store.
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