The Good Work Foundation

Inyati is proud to have become a partner of the Good Work Foundation center in Dumphries village. The center will provide education opportunities to school children and young adults.
Various courses including Life skills, IT skills and Conservation will now be available to the youth of Dumphries. The center will provide these courses in conjunction with locals schools.

Inyati staff went to a coaching for conservation event at the Huntington center to enjoy a fun day with the children of Huntington and the GFW facilitators.

We will be breaking ground for our Dumphries center in October 2018 and will be complete in 2019.

We would like to thank our shareholders and guests who made this exciting project possible. @GWFOnline Good work foundation #RhinoLifeline #CoachingforConservation

 

Inyati Game Lodge Earns 2018 TripAdvisor® Certificate Of Excellence

2018_HOF_Logos_Green-bkg_translations_en-US-UKINYATI GAME LODGE EARNS 2018 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

SABI SAND RESERVE, MPUMALANGA – Thursday, 24 May 2018– Inyati Game Lodge, Sabi Sand reserve today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its eighth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for the entire team at Inyati Game Lodge and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Leighanne Dawkins, Marketing Manager at Inyati Game Lodge “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by one’s guests. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

 “TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honour businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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INY Clear LogoSet on the lush banks of the Sand River, Inyati Game Lodge offers the ultimate safari experience combining diverse wildlife with authentic African hospitality. From the warm welcome you receive upon arrival, to our comfortable chalets, hearty home style cuisine and highly experienced guides, every guest departs with unforgettable memories and the imprint of Africa in their soul.

http://www.inyati.co.za email: res@inyati.co.za reservations telephone: +27 11 486 2027

 

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site*, enables travellers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 600 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of worldwide travel listings – approximately 7.5 million accommodations, airlines, attractions and restaurants – TripAdvisor provides travellers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travellers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors**, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

* Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, November 2017

** Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2017

 

 

Atta wins Gold at Indaba 2018

Atta wins Gold at Africa’s Travel Indaba 2018

#Indaba2018: Tourism's time in the spotlight
#Indaba2018 : Tourism’s time in the spotlight.

At last week’s newly rebranded Africa’s Travel Indaba, Atta won a GOLD stand award for in the Tourism Marketing Organisation Category.

This years Indaba saw a renewed energy and a revamped offering in the Durban ICC. In a change from previous years the Atta stand was in the heart of the show on the centre aisle of the ICC. With 28 Atta member companies exhibiting the stand was a hive of activity with some great meetings happening and business being undertaken.

Leighanne and Matthew proudly represented Inyati on the The African Travel and Tourism Association – ATTA stand.

“It is always amazing to catch up with so many of our travel friends, partners & associates.” said Leighanne Dawkins, Marketing Manager at Inyati Game Lodge

 

Inyati supporter of SSW Rhino Protection Helicopter Programme

Inyati Game Lodge has always been a supporter of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin rhino protection programme and can boast that we are the largest donor of the total cost of the SSW helicopter programme.

Anti-rhino poaching

SSW Rhino Protection Programme:

Rhino poaching has severely impacted almost all of the reserves within South Africa, and as a result the Sabi Sand Wildtuin has committed itself to providing a safe haven for rhino. In 2013, after significant rhino losses in the area and across the country the Sabi Sand undertook the implementation of a major rhino protection project aimed at creating a sanctuary for our rhino.
SSW developed a multi-layered security intervention, and invested heavily in Hi-Tec perimeter fencing, boots on the ground, vehicles, K9, security equipment, intelligence and a rigorous community engagement campaign.
The SSW is to be a refuge for both black and white rhinoceros, an area from which other reserves can be restocked should either species be pushed to the brink of extinction. Moreover, as these animals play a key role in the genetic diversity of the Greater Kruger National Park, the reserve would act to conserve these important genes should the African population be drastically depleted.

anti-rhino poaching night patrolAs almost all poaching incidents occur after dark, “owning the night” and rapid response is fundamental for success. Given the large area to be covered and the rugged nature of the terrain, a critical tool that was identified was a helicopter with night vision capabilities.
After extensive investigation, a Bell Long Ranger was identified as a suitable model. The helicopter allows us to respond to a breach or incursion within 15 minutes.

anti-rhino poaching night patrol

We have experience of incidents during which poachers have entered and exited the reserve within this 15 minute time slot. The helicopter has been proven to improve the anti-poaching team effectiveness far beyond what could ever be achieved with manpower and vehicles alone.

Review of helicopter impact
• Demand and concomitant poaching pressure has increased as evidenced by 122% increase in the number of poaching entries to the reserve for the 9 months since the helicopter has been deployed versus the 9 months prior.

• Improving reaction capability and response time impacts poacher success. Despite 122% increase in poaching entries the kill rate was contained and remained flat at 15%.

• The helicopter has worked to prevent further rhino fatalities. This was most noticeable in incidents where poaching groups were identified and detained using the helicopter before they could enter the reserve.

• The deployment of the helicopter has been extremely effective in establishing a visible
security presence in and around the reserve. This has been evidenced by community forum awareness and feedback indicating:
“it is easy for the security to react now”
“the Sabi Sand is a difficult area to get rhino because poachers can be easily trapped and caught”

• An additional factor that has been identified is the impact of the helicopter on ranger morale:
– The helicopter has enabled rapid emergency medical support in the case of a ranger being seriously injured.
– The rangers are more confident entering contact situations knowing that the helicopter can bring back-up quickly when needed – this has decreased reaction time by up to 1 hour.
– The additional investment in the helicopter to support the ground forces and the investment in ranger skills relating to the helicopter has considerably increased ranger morale.

Donor Funding
The Sabi Sand Nature Conservation Trust is a registered Public Benefit Organisation.  Donations will be paid directly into and managed by the Sabi Sand Nature Conservation Trust. No administration fee will be charged meaning 100% of donated funds go directly to project costs where it is needed most.
Contact details:
For more information or to get involved please contact the Sabi Sand Wildtuin Warden,
David Powrie on Tel. 079 946 7433 or email at warden@sabisand.co.za

 

Original article -https://xtoday.news/media/50508/ssw-rhino-protection-initiative.pdf

Inyati initiativePhotographs by Heinrich Röntgen

We need your vote! LILIZELA TOURISM AWARDS 2018 is now open!

lilizela-banner-728x90-2017The Lilizela Tourism Awards is South Africa’s premier Travel and Tourism Award ceremony.
It is a platform that honours and celebrates tourism business owners for their sterling impact on the South African tourism industry.
“Lilizela” is a term that is unique to South Africa’s Nguni languages, meaning “ululate”, which is a symbolic sound for joy and celebration.

We are delighted to announce that we have entered the Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018 and require your help to bring the award home to us. Inyati is are proud of our knowledgeable and passionate safari guides that make this entry possible.

VOTING CLOSES 18 JUNE 2018

Lilizela 2018

Guiding team

Seen on safari @ Inyati Game Lodge

An African safari isn’t a passive experience. It isn’t just about glimpsing wildlife. You’re enveloped in their untamed world, absolutely surrounded by the drama and charm of the planet’s greatest theater; every angle is unique and each moment personalized.

Martial Eagle Conservation – Kruger National Park update.

In December 2013 Rowen van Eeden successfully GPS tagged a martial eagle chick that was soon to fledge (Figure 1).

Figure 1
Figure 1. Rowen van Eeden fitting the GPS tag on the young martial eagle.

The nest was in the Crocodile Bridge section of Kruger National Park and this was the first time a tag was deployed on a martial eagle still in the nest. The aim of the tagging was to find out about the movements of young eagles as they disperse from the nest, and there were high hopes that we might follow it through to adulthood. In total 18 martial eagles have now been GPS tagged for this project (this includes a combination of both young and adult eagles), but this one remains particularly special.

Although the tags provide us with a way to closely follow the movements of eagles in the ‘virtual’ world and we can view their locations on Google Earth almost daily, we rarely get to see them in the real world as they’re always on the move. However, in Jan 2016 Keith Jenkinson sent us a beautiful picture of this individual photographed at Inyati Game Lodge. By then he was two years old and was obviously doing well for himself. In the picture he had the tail of a rock monitor in his feet (Figure 2).

Figure 2
Figure 2. Photo taken by Keith Jenkinson of the young eagle, aged two years old (2016).

Last week we were concerned that the tag had stopped moving and quickly contacted Ulusaba Private Reserve (owned by Sir Richard Branson) where his last known location was recorded. The guides there responded quickly and searched the area where he was thought to be but didn’t find anything. We waited anxiously hoping the tag would come back online and then on Sunday I got a call from one of Ulusaba’s guides, Kyle Michel, saying they had found the eagle – well actually, he was perched in a tree close to the lodge eating another rock monitor he had caught (Figure 3). Just over four years since he was tagged, he is looking magnificent. We are thrilled and his tag is again functioning perfectly.

Figure 3
Figure 3. Martial eagle aged four years old photographed by Kyle Michel (2018).

He’s been to Mozambique a few times, spent a lot of time in southern Kruger and in the network of private game reserves to the west of Kruger and now we’re really hopeful that one day soon he might settle down for his first breeding attempt – watch this space!

Figure 4
Figure 4. Movements of the GPS tagged martial eagle since tagging. Each colour represents a different year. 2014:blue, 2015: green, 2016: purple, 2017: yellow, 2018: red.

Many thanks to everyone who has been involved in tagging and following this individual. 

~Meg Murgatroyd

Source – https://www.facebook.com/MartialEagleConservation

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The Safari Awards 2018 Inyati Game Lodge,Sabi Sand Reserve Nominated

Inyati Game LodgeWe are so proud to announce that Inyati Game Lodge has been nominated for the 2018 Safari Awards, sponsored by The Good Safari Guide.
If it weren’t for our guests continued support throughout the years we’d never be in the position we’re in today. Your positive reviews, constructive criticism and contribution to Inyati Game Lodge, has ensured we’ve secured a place in the Safari Awards, a prestigious annual award bestowed upon camps and lodges displaying excellence in specific categories. Inyati Game Lodge has been nominated in 8 categories. We’d really like to rally your support to secure an award.

Voting is easy! Here’s how you do it:
1. Go to this page, search and click on the property: Safari Awards Voting Selection Page
2. Log in with your username and password, or register if this is your first time voting.
3. You will be redirected to the camp page, where you click on the big “vote” button.

Follow the prompts, rate us out of 10 and leave a comment if you’d like!

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Leaping Leopard and wild dog family

Mondzo seems to have made the Inyati causeway his home. Every game drive the past few days has started with this beautiful young male entertaining our guests.

The wild dogs have been back for the last month. its been great seeing these amazing animals again and thier 7 pups at Inyati.

The new wild dog pups are thriving. Within a week they have become more mobile and their patterns are starting to emerge from underneath their black birth coat.
They are becoming more confident and venturing further from the entrance to their den, and their ears have started to form the distinct disc shape.

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*Photographs by Keith and Darren

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