Up on the ridge Captain Peterson, the task unit commander, was in a state of confusion. Acting on information received from the local station commander the task team had raced from their home base, arriving in just under an hour. Wary of entering an unknown situation blind Peterson had consulted with Inspector Van Niekerk, who had insisted on being involved, as to the approximate location of the reported situation.
He plotted the lodge main gate as a reference point on his hand-held GPS device and then worked out a route which would bring him to the top of a ridge overlooking the road. He took two snipers, two regular members and a radio operator with him and began working his way over the dirt roads to approach the ridge from the opposite side as the lodge. The rest of his team he left under the control of his second in command, Inspector Modise, with orders to approach the reserve entrance as closely as was safe and to stay well concealed. He would give further orders by radio once the situation could be further assessed from the ridge.