Images & Text by Brad Dickerson & Jessica Shillaw
Our new Jacis Sabi House recruits are Brad Dickerson & Jessica Shillaw. Although new to guiding, these two exude a deep passion & understanding of the bushveld. We asked them to document a bit of their first week at the lodge as well as take some images of what they have experienced and some of their first glimpses have been amazing! Enjoy!
We were greeted with a smile from the lovely Jaci’s Sabi House team as well as a breeding herd of buffalo at the waterhole that the house overlooks. We settled in to our new home and were welcomed into the family quickly.
We were amazed to see the amazing bird life that was present all around us and we are adding new birds to our bird list, and learning new species everyday.
The northern sabi sands, where Jacis Sabi House is located, is well known for incredible sightings, and it has proved true to its reputation. The sightings are flowing day in, day out and there is never a dull moment here whether it is on game drive or at the lodge.
In the mornings, we are awake before our guests and have a cup of coffee with the guinea fowls and bird choruses that signal the start of the day. Throughout the day various species of animals come to drink at the waterhold. It is almost guaranteed that a herd of elephants or buffalo will visit for a drink. As the day starts to end and the glimmer of the boma fire flickers while we have dinner, you will often find numerous antelope resting around the lodge gardens, and we have been lucky enough to watch lions as well as leopards move through the area. There are few things more humbling than sitting around a campfire and listening to a male lion roar from a short distance away!
The morning & afternoon safaris are incredible and we often spend a great deal of time with the species that our guests want to see – whether they be the big cats that roam this area, or the large herds of Cape Buffalo, African Elephants or one of the hundreds of species of birds that are resident, or migrate in for our summer. There is always something to see, photograph and experience.
Learning the roads, under the expert guidance of Ralph, has been vital to us understanding the “lie of the land”, as well as learning specific areas where you are more likely to find certain species of birds or mammals. The resident lion prides and leopards have territories, so knowing which animals territory is where, where their favoured spot is (they are creatures of habit) and knowing the area, it allows us to best plan our safari and target the species that our guests would most like to see.
We come back after our morning safari and get stuck into helping Dimpho & Elinda around the lodge. There are always tasks that need to be done and we are learning every department of the lodge. We have a short break before our afternoon safari, and then we head out with Ralph again to learn the roads, read the maps and spend some time in the magical bushveld!
Welcome to The Team Brad & Jessica. Thank you for your stunning images!