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Friday, 19 February 2010
Summer is a glorious time here in the Kalahari. The arrival of the season’s rains is unpredictable but always dramatic, as thunderstorms transform the desert into a lush green spectacle. This year, the summer calving has been excellent and wildebeest calves, impala lambs and warthog piglets are all discovering Tswalu’s vast savannahs.
We have also just seen our first Kalahari lion cubs of the new decade. On New Year’s Day, the tracks of a lone lioness were seen heading into the area known as Deception Valley. Shortly afterwards, we spotted three cubs for the very first time, exciting new members of our Northern pride.
Only a few weeks ago we opened the second phase of our housing project at Tswalu, completing an entire village which is now home to over 400 staff and family members. Every house has been designed on sound environmental principles. Planting of indigenous trees creates shade in summer but still allows the sun’s warmth in winter. All homes are fitted with solar heating, low energy lighting and water saving measures. This month, we plan another tree-planting day to celebrate the opening of our new crèche and adult literacy centre.
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