Earlier on in the week we were handed over an African Rock Python from a close friend in the nearby town of Nelspruit.
The python had made its home on a farm where it was living near a dam where the owner keeps ducks and geese. Over the last nine years or so the farmer has been trying to catch it.
Our friend Franz Reiling was then called to see if he could get his hands on the snake. It had just eaten a duck and was lazing around in the water. Franz entered the dam and after a brief struggle managed to get the snake out of the dam and into a transportation bag.
The python arrived then with us on Monday. As the snake had been feeding on water fowl for just about all of its life we decided that we would release it at one of our dams here on the conservancy, where there is a decent amount of food available for the snake. The release was a successful one and we believe the snake has settled in quite nicely and enjoying its new home. We are excited about future safari sightings of this imposing snake that can reach up to 6m in length and can consume small crocodiles, impala, gazelles and warthogs when fully grown.
The Vuyani Safari Lodge team would like to welcome Jon Jon and Justine to the team. They will be spending six months with us as part of their one year Eco Training Course.
The year has started off great with 115mm of rain last night and with more on its way. It has been raining now for about ten hours in a row. The Mbezi river on our Moditlo Game Reserve has started to flow. Please see the pictures!
We hope everyone had a great festive season, we wish everyone a fantastic year to come and we hope to be able to welcome you for a safari holiday some time soon again!