Tracking collar replacement (11 – 18 July 2020)
Accommodation – Mopane Bush Lodge and Mapesu Trails Camp
In conjunction with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Mapesu Private Game Reserve was able to release both wild dog and cheetah onto the reserve. As both species are accustomed to roaming in large home ranges, the telemetry equipment used to locate these animals is of vital importance to our understanding of their movement as well as their safety in the event of an escape. Collars do not have an infinite battery life, and as the animals grow, the collar may become tight or run out of battery. During this expedition, you will assist in the chemical capture of both species, which may be from the air or on the ground with the use of a bait. During which time, the collars will be replaced, and the animal released back into the reserve.
You will be staying at the luxury 4-star Mopane Bush Lodge in a secluded double/twin-bedded thatched chalet with en-suite bathroom. Each room has its own veranda, additional outdoor shower, and fantastic views of the surrounding bushveld that are unique and exclusive to each chalet. The spacious bedrooms provide a relaxing environment in luxurious comfort, with top quality mattresses and bedding, air-conditioning, generous cupboard space, a safe in each room, hairdryer, good lighting over a large mirror at the dressing table, and mini-bar. Each room has a Nespresso machine and tea/coffee station in every room and free WiFi. Laundry service is also available on request.
The lodge pool, situated next to the full-service bar and wooden deck is the perfect place to enjoy a revitalizing swim or sundowner while watching the animals drink at the watering hole. The comfortable lounge provides the ideal retreat for those relaxing moments with a cozy fire for wintry nights. There is a small library with reference books and light reading material for your enjoyment. Delicious meals are delightfully prepared and can be served in our spacious dining room, on the lawn, in the boma around the fire under the brilliant southern night sky, in the lapa around the pool, or in the bush.
In addition to the Mopane Bush Lodge, you will be accommodated in a typical trails camp in the heart of the Mapesu mopane veld. The camp consists of 2.4m x 2.4m safari dome tents, fully equipped with extra length beds and linen.