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The Predator project at Grassland Bushman Lodge is a project where problem predators are captured by Mr. de Graaff and housed at the Lodge until they find suitable land where they can be released back into the wild. This project is funded by Mr. Willie de Graaff (owner of Grassland Bushman Lodge).
The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) of Botswana and Grassland Bushman Lodge (GBL) have been working together since the start of this project and Mr. de Graaff has a very good relationship with them. The last couple of months there has been a lot of communication between GBL and DWNP… and the process was completed yesterday.
GBL has donated lions to DWNP which will be released into the Mabuasehube area in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park. This was a very exciting and emotional day at GBL, as Mr. de Graaff witnessed this first hand and could see his years of funding, passion and dedication towards wildlife being realized.
“Grassland Bushman Lodge supports the San Bushman in a very special way. The owner of Grassland, Willie de Graaff, grew up with the local San people from the Rooibrak Village and can also speak 3 of their languages. He has a remarkable bond and great respect for them as they have for him.
Grassland Bushman Lodge uses the San community from the Rooibrak Village for staff requirements when there are confirmed bookings. There are about 50 – 60 San people living in the village and when there are bookings they
are approached to see who would like to work at the lodge. It is completely up to them who and how many would like to
The Bushman are paid accordingly from Grassland Bushman Lodge, and also receive tips from guests – this money is used to support their children for schooling, food and necessities. The San Bushman do not have any other form
of work, and therefore do not have any source of income other than minimal funding from the Government. The little bit extra they earn from Grassland Bushman Lodge goes a long way in supporting them.
Please note that this is in no way to be seen as a charity and is purely a support project – however, should guests wish to contribute any items of food or clothing for the Bushmen during their visit it would be very much appreciated.”
The staff at Deception Valley Lodge recently found 3 newborn orphaned Aardwolfs in desperate need of help. They are being fed they are strong enough and old enough to fend for themselves.
The 3 orphaned aardwolf are all doing well. They have started moving around a bit, and their eyes are completely open now. We judge them to be about 10 days to 2 weeks old. We have dug them a burrow to spend their daytime in and they seem to love it. They started digging and customizing their home the
moment we put them in it.
The 3 Aardwolf are getting stronger by the day. They are drinking well from the tietie bottle and feeding times have gotten easier. They have excavated their burrow massively and it is so interesting to see how their instincts just kick in naturally.
Camp Linyanti has just taken delivery of their brand, spanking new 6m Swamp Cruiser. This impressive boat, fully kitted out for guests’ comfort, has two engines – a powerful 4-stroke outboard motor, and a quiet electric motor for moving silently through the fringes of the Linyanti lagoon and waterways, viewing birds and wildlife. This is a significant addition to the
activities on offer at Camp Linyanti, and a further justification for using this superbly situated, small and intimate camp in a remote and rewarding area of Botswana.
Delta Camp was listed as one of the Top 50 in the book Africa's Finest.
These are the lodges, camps and facilities in remote, rural sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean that are considered to run the most outstanding, sustainable tourism operations, while effectively nurturing their environment and communities responsibly. The Africa’s Finest team of researchers evaluated each lodge on 102 different points – divided into four broad categories:- successful
conservation work; the effectiveness of their community outreach programmes, their use of renewable energies and in their waste treatment and disposal. A scoring system was devised and each lodge, camp or facility was scored out of 10. Those places scoring 8 and above are the main entries in this book.
Meno A Kwena
An achievement to be proud of!
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