kabalebo.com newsletter #7 - March, 2015
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Ten Year Anniversary of Kabalebo Nature Resort
On January, 1st 2015, Kabalebo Nature Resort celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

Ten years ago, the founders, Karel and Joyce Dawson, set up the Resort in Uninhabited, Pristine Amazon Rainforest, and had the Main Lodge built next to the airstrip. Over the years, the resort was expanded and more additional accommodations were built around the airstrip. Now the resort has six type of accommodations that cater to every tourists demand and offers various activities that guests can choose from. The resort also added a few extra facilities such as a bar, swimming pool and internet.

From everyone at the resort, we would like to thank you for your support during the years and by helping us get closer to reaching our goals.

We look forward to welcoming you to an experience of a lifetime!

One of our newest visitors - The PUMA
Kabalebo Nature Resort
Kabalebo is situated in the midst of the Amazon Rainforest in South-West Suriname. A remote place covered with miles of undisturbed, uninhabited pristine forest, making this also a perfect location to spot some rarely seen species.

Since it is not possible to cover this wide range area 24/7 we've been using trophy cams since 2012. The trophy cams 'capture' everything that is passing by, making them a welcoming third eye to observe the Fauna world on a safe distance and also without disturbing or distracting the animals.

One of the rarely seen species that passed by the trophy cam was the Puma (Puma concolor). The first time that the camera 'captured' this magnificent creature was on July 22nd 2014. The second time it 'appeared' exactly a week later on the same spot. The third (and so far the last) time it was spotted was on September 5th 2014 on a different trail; showing that the Puma is possibly 'marking' his territory. A new milestone as it is known that these creatures are rarely seen even at places where they are common.

Puma's are lonesome hunters; feeding mostly on small or medium sized mammals (such as agoutis, pacas or deer). The one that 'appeared' in front of the camera was a male; it is known that males like to share their territory with more than one female. This makes it possible that more Puma's might be wandering around the area of the resort

New and improved Pier
Kabalebo Nature Resort
After the opening of the Panorama Suites, it was time to focus our attention to a complete renovation of the pier.

Some major assessment of the conditions of the pier was needed to evaluate deterioration and aging. The assessment would assist in determining what improvements would be necessary. The improvements meant changing the height of the pier from seven meter to one meter. In the end, we ended up building a whole new pier.

Guests can now make better use of the pier by;
  • Taking a boat to one of the magnificent waterfalls;
  • Fishing
  • Hanging out with loved ones
  • Enjoying the wonderful view of the Amazon forest
  • Practicing yoga, meditation, soul-searching, mindfulness & Stress release ZEN time... 'together-alone'
We can surely say that the pier has been successfully rebuild in a first class manner to respond to the needs of our customers.

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Even the jaguar came by to observe the new pier!
Recent increase in Jaguar sightings
Kabalebo Nature Resort
Jaguars are the largest Feline species native to the Kabalebo Area. In the past, Jaguars were rarely spotted in the area surrounding the resort.

However, during the last year, guests have had the chance to spot this beautiful and elusive cats on numerous occasions along the Kabalebo river bank. Unlike most felines, but jaguars love the water and are actually good swimmers. They are known to be solitary, opportunistic, and stalk-and-ambush predators. Jaguars roam large areas.

Stone tool found at Double Step falls
Kabalebo Nature Resort
An old stone tool was found in September 2014 near the double step falls and Uncle Piet's Lodge by a researcher, Mr. Frank Beunk.

The expert, who is studying rocks, in that area saw the strange piece of stone on a huge rocky platform with grinding marks on it. After gathering it, it became apparent that it was no ordinary piece of rock and so the researcher took it with him for further analysis. As seen in the photo below, the tool is made from laterite and is about 3 inches in length.

After much speculation, another researcher, named Mr. Emond de Roever, gathered information from various sources. It is assumed to be some sort of Grounding or polishing tool (pestle) and was possibly used to squash soft leaves and fruits.

Furthermore, the tool was probably made by previous Indian settlers. According to historical data, there was an Indian colony/village in the area surrounding the resort between the years 1200 - 1550. In the 70s another researcher found beautiful potteries and ceramic artifacts on and around the airstrip. The grooves and marks on the rocky platform vary in sizes. Some were probably used to sharpen tools or fine-tune tools.

Further research has yet to be done on the tool to really determine its origin and specific use.

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