Bush Baby Lodge, Tshipise Area

Bush Baby Lodge is under new management!
A rustic old bush camp along the banks of the Nzhelele river, it’s a perfect getaway for the family.
Meals by prior arrangement, showcasing locally sourced produce made simply or bring your own and enjoy the Braai and smoker facilities.
Fishing in front of the lodge or at the farm dam – catch and release basis only, watch out for the Croc!!!
Lush gardens and viewing deck to relax in and enjoy the sounds of the wild.  Nightly visits from our resident Bush Babies too.
We have two types of accommodation on offer; Family units that sleep 6 with en suite bathrooms and one other Family unit that sleeps 4 only in two rooms with ensuite that has a bath tub and shower, or, 3 Rondavel units with shared loos and showers.
Call or Watsapp Jade +27 65 144 8458
OR
Tess +27 72 902 994
Directions to the lodge are;
Coming from Musina take the Tshipise road. When you get to the T junction at the R525 turn right and take this for 7kms on your left hand side you will see Alicedale Pack House and on the right a boom gate into the Estate.
Follow the signs to the lodge + – 3kms
Coming from N1 South Louis Trichardt
At Bokmakierie Toll gate turn right on the R525 towards Tshipise, we are +- 33kms down that road where you will see the the Alicedale Packshed on your right and boom gate on your left.
Follow the signs to the lodge + – 3kms
Please Note. Entrance is allowed only by prior arrangement with management – no day visitors.

VLNR News

You will have seen recently an ad/ article about the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, here on Musina Online.

Here’s more, relevant, news;

20 May 2019

Seventy-six buffalo are to be moved from De Beers Group’s Dronfield Nature Reserve in South Africa to a new home at two other nature reserves.

This is the first project Dronfield, near Kimberley in the Northern Cape province, has put into action to help restock other De Beers Group reserves with buffalo.

The animals are being moved to Rooipoort Nature Reserve, also near Kimberley, and Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve near Musina, as part of the company’s conservation and environmental diversity strategy.

A team of more than 40 people, including ecologists, student-rangers, vets and a helicopter pilot helped to select the 46 cows and calves and 30 young bulls and remove them from existing herds ready for regulatory disease testing before they are relocated to their new homes later in the year. Care was taken not to separate calves from mothers.

Since the 1990s, De Beers Group’s Ecology division has bred, sold and moved hundreds of disease-free buffalo (free of foot and mouth disease, bovine tuberculosis, corridor disease and contagious abortion) to stock game reserves and game ranches throughout South Africa.

Dronfield Nature Reserve Manager Charles Hall said: “But we have never stocked our own Rooipoort and Venetia reserves with viable extensive breeding populations before. Our breeding projects have been restricted to Dronfield due to the suitable infrastructure and expertise available here.

“Furthermore, the initial shortage of disease-free buffalo in South Africa and the related high demand resulted in these animals becoming an extremely lucrative species to own. It therefore did not make sense simply to place them into an extensive system where it would be very difficult to manage them.

“They would also be exposed to predation from lions – a rather expensive prey at an average going rate of about R350,000 per buffalo. Today, however, supply and demand dictate a far lower price tag and therefore we have embarked on this journey of stocking our other reserves.”

Three from De Beers Group’s Ecology team were involved in this first phase of the project: Senior Ecology Manager Piet Oosthuizen, Ecology Manager Dr Corné Anderson and Senior Accounts Officer Carina Brits. Wiaan van der Linde and Dr Emma Rambert from Wintershoek Safaris helped with the darting and loading of the animals, and Danie Victor was the pilot.

The two-day exercise gave the 15 game ranch management students from the Northern Cape Nature Academy some practical training.

This article is courtesy of The Diamond Route.