It has been wonderful having Ian Botham back in the bush with us again and especially being able to celebrate his birthday with us here at the Lodge.
It would be undiplomatic of me to mention his age, but this is the second time we have shared a birthday bash with Beefy, he was here 4 years ago with all his family to celebrate his 50th, there you go, I have honored my commitment in not mentioning his age!!!!
It was also great having Tom and Enid Taylor, our most regular Guests, joining us for this evening of festivities, and David Gower who joined us again and flew in for the occasion.
Proceedings got underway after the evening Safari in the Boma with the Marimba Band joining us for an evening of music and tribal dancing which carried on into the wee small hours of the morning.
As is customary out here in the bush, a custom unbeknown to Beefy, Ronald Tracker was sent out after breakfast to find an Elephant and stick with it until it provided us with a fresh pile of dung. This he dutifully did and returned to Camp forthwith with his prize to hand over to Head Chef Shane. Much time and care was taken in icing this “smelly” prize, and once completed, resembled the most mouth watering chocolate cake.
Well into the evening, Ian was presented with this “cake” and…….. Well the pictures will tell you the rest of the story, needless to say our traditional birthday cakes will from now onwards always be referred to as “Beef Cakes”.
We did however present Ian with a more Traditional Birthday cake after he had recovered from the first one and got rid of the “funky” taste from the first offering.