We received some wonderful news from Department Wildlife and National Parks Botswana!
All the lions arrived safely at their destination – Mabuasehube area in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park. Yesterday they received their first live animal and it was a huge success. All the lions are healthy and very happy in their new surroundings…
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.
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A Bushman lunch we serve during our Bushman walks:
From the top of the photo we have Green and Dry Wild Coffee Bean pods, then Kalahari Truffles, to the right of the Truffles we have Bushman bread (the white ones), some Jewel Beetles, Marambas (the round brown ones) and in the Tortoise shell we have Wild Coffee Beans that are ready to be roasted.
The Truffles are roasted in the ash and warm sand of the fire and then cooled down and peeled and Bon Appétit.
The Truffles are the real deal, the ones you pay thousands of Euros for in Europe
This is Qoma drinking from the root of the ‘Bii’ plant at Grassland Bushman Lodge.
They dig out the root and then make the contents of the root fine and squeeze it in their hands, so that the moisture runs down the thumb into the mouth. This moisture is more thirst quenching than water and if the Bushman don’t have access to any water, they use this root.
The experience (my third trip to Oddball's) was - again - stellar.
The food was tasty, varied and plentiful.
The service was friendly and prompt.
There were lots of little enjoyable extra touches - such as the fragrant twigs on the beds
The guidance was good. We did not see a lot of mammals (no buffalo, lion, ...) but the guide went out of his way to show us other interesting sights (ant lion, bat, many bird species, a snake).
We also enjoyed the visit to the local village, with expert guidance.
I am already planning my next trip to Oddball's.
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