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Ukutula Lodge - a game lodge and so much more
WELCOME TO UKUTULA LODGE
Place of Quiet
Known as the “place of quiet” the lodge is nestled in lush bushveld where the roar of the lion can be heard for miles around. Ukutula is conveniently situated within an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The reserve comprises 260 hectares of unspoiled bushveld boasting a variety of wildlife species, including predator and antelope species, giraffe, zebra and more.
Ukutula is also home to more than 130 different bird species. Ukutula supports and apply the IUCN’s One-Plan-Approach (OPA) to Species Conservation and Animal Breeding Principals and so much more........
World first at Ukutula
A lioness at the Ukutula Private Game Reserve (ukutula.com), in the North West Province, South Africa, has given birth to two cubs conceived via non-surgical artificial insemination (AI), using fresh semen collected from an adult male lion at the same facility. These are the first ever lion cubs to be born by means of artificial insemination – a world first achievement.
Mr Willi Jacobs, owner of Ukutula and founder of the UCC & Biobank (ucc-biobank.org), and Dr Isabel Callealta, proudly confirmed the birth of the cubs on Saturday, 25th August 2018. The artificial insemination was done by Dr Isabel Callealta, a qualified veterinarian from Spain and PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria (UP), under the supervision of Dr Imke Lüeders and Prof André Ganswind.
UKUTULA Conservation Center (UCC) & Biobank The UCC focuses on Wildlife Research and predator Conservation and includes a brand new Biobank and Cheetah Clinic
The new Ukutula Conservation Center is a world-class research and Conservation facility, specializing in Wildlife Research and Predator Conservation. The UCC also includes a state of the art Genetic Bio-Bank for endangered mammal species.
UCC are managed and operated by a group of highly qualified, skilled and experienced professionals, dedicated to wildlife conservation and the preservation of Bio- and Genetic Diversity. All animal procedures at the UCC are conducted with full veterinarian support and assistance, treating ALL animals with respect, dignity & compassion.
Research and conservation projects at the UCC are managed by the UCC and its research partners and associates on a highly sustainable basis to ensure the long-term conservation and scientific research contribution by the UCC.
Current Research Projects at the UCC & Biobank
Since 2006, numerous professional mammal research studies have been conducted by various scientific research institutions and professionals at Ukutula Game Reserve.
Presently the Ukutula Conservation Center (UCC) & Biobank is hosting a number of research projects by various academic institutions and international researchers and post-graduate students, including a long-term study on the endocrine/hormonal changes in the lioness and its influence on reproduction, a study on the effect of cub/wildlife-interaction on human connection with wildlife and their relationships with nature, as well as various other projects on feline reproduction and cryopreservation of genetic material of endangered wildlife species.
5 Star Hospitality
Visitors at Ukutula Lodge are spoiled with luxury 5* service and aaccommodation!
CHALET AND LODGE ACCOMMODATION 3-6 Beds available per chalet/unit/lodge..... For further information on rates and availability please contact XL Oceanair Travel.
VISA UPDATE - TANZANIA & ZANZIBAR
SA passport holders holding ordinary passports who wish to travel to Tanzania DO NOT require a visa. Ensure the passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date of return and has 3 blank pages.
This visa exemption will be for up to a stay of 90 days and will apply for tourism and transit travel.
BUSINESS TRAVELLERS DO REQUIRE A VISA AND HAVE TO PAY USD200 AT THE HIGH COMMISSION IN PRETORIA. Please contact the High Commission for more information, directly YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATES ARE COMPULSORY.
South African Airways Secures R3.5bn Loan To Operate Until Financial Year End
South African Airways says it has secured the R3.5bn loan it needed to keep operating until the end of the financial year in March, providing temporary relief for the cash-strapped airline. The loss-making flag carrier, which is battling cash flow challenges, is implementing a three-year turnaround strategy and has said it needs a total of R21.7bn in loans over the same period.
SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali told Fin24 on Tuesday that the R3.5bn, which has been secured from local lenders, was part of the R21.7bn funding requirement.
“The airline, working jointly with the shareholder was able to secure an undertaking from local lenders to make available the amount of R3.5bn to SAA,” said Tlali. He said the funds would enable the airline to operate up to the end of the financial year in March. In October, the National Treasury allocated R5bn to SAA, as announced during the medium-term budget policy statement.
The funds were directed at debt repayment.
Tlali stated that there was no expectation that SAA was going to become profitable before 2021, stressing that plans were underway to steer the airline out of its financial quagmire.
“We are working towards the goal of becoming profitable by 2021, there is no plan of shifting the goal post,” he said
COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON
Our sincere thanks to all our loyal clients and suppliers for your goodwill and loyalty throughout the past year. We look forward to working with you in the New Year. Wishing you & your family a safe, peaceful and happy holiday season
Please note: All our offices will be closing on Friday 21 December 2018 at 14h00.
Johannesburg office with re-open on Wednesday 02 January 2019 at 08h30 Calls will be re-routed to our Johannesburg office between 02 January and 07 January. Cape Town and Durban offices will re-open on 07 January 2019
All clients requiring assistance with any Travel Arrangements during the period our offices are closed are requested to call our normal after-hours number.