We have managed to trace the history of Simba Farm Lodge, taking us back to the early 1900s when the farm was called “Simba Estate” and was owned by a German family. We got this information from a soil sample records book. Sometime between the 1950s and 1970s the name changed to “Simba Farm”.
1905 – Soil Sample Records, dated back to 1905 of the first records on the farm
1921 – Lalle Ekman, a Swedish Cavalry officer, originally came out to shoot elephants in the Congo. He spent an adventurous two and a half years poaching ivory, with the occasional legal application for licenses to allay the authorities’ suspicions…or so he thought! He travelled everywhere on foot with gun bearers and a few porters to carry his small tent and camping equipment.
1950 – Nobel Fowler, an Irish man, moved to Simba Farm. He managed the farm for around 6 – 8 years. Simba Farm had been under government management during and after the war. Wheat, barley and dairy began to be produced on the farm.
1960 – Eric Christopherson was the new owner of the farm and he lived on the farm till the end of the 1970s where Sjouke & Yoka Bruinsma took over the managing positions.
1980 – Sjouke & Yoka Bruinsma managed Simba Farm