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Rainfall: December 2017:
1983 - 2017 64.6mm
1992 - 2017
Max: 40°C
Min: 17°C
7/14 Day forecast - Ingwelala

News Archives

Gale force winds cause havoc in the veld on Old Year's Eve

A gale force wind that briefly passed through Ingwelala during the early evening of 31 December raised havoc in the veld. Several large trees were either literally snapped off at the trunk or uprooted. This included iconic Marula and Leadwood trees in the landscape, so sad to see.

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Mark & Karen Shaw

It is with great sadness we bid Mark and Karen Shaw good bye, as they begin the next chapter in their family lives. They have added much value to the management of Ingwelala over the past four years. Join me in wishing them every success in the future.

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2017 Buffalo Count

Following on the previous month’s report on the 2017 numbers for the annual game census for the Umbabat, it was highlighted that buffalo numbers have declined noticeably due to the drought. This is a general trend across the broader landscape. Subsequently a dedicated buffalo count was undertaken on 09 October 2017. 

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Predator Survey

Another annual exercise that takes place in the Umbabat is the predator survey, commonly referred to as a “lion call up”.  Despite lions being the target species in this exercise, other predators such as leopards, wild dogs, hyenas and jackals have made occasional appearances. The objective of the survey is to determine lion numbers, population dynamics, general body condition and dispersal of male lions.

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2017 Game Census

The annual game count was conducted by aerial census across the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) in September 2017.

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Leopard Encounter

It all started at about 10 o'clock on Monday morning.  The monkeys outside our house started alarm calling and scattered to the treetops.  

We decided to go into the river bed and investigate.

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Conservation Trials

Veld rehabilitation is work in progress, there is initial work undertaken and then depending on success rates of effectiveness, one or more follow up treatments may be necessary.

This is an interim progress report on the two rehabilitation (trial) projects approved by the Board in February 2017. Initial work was carried out in May and June 2017.

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Out and About with Josh Hibbett

The son of Henry and Debbie Hibbett who manage Ndlopfu shared the following experience with Ingwelala:

On Wednesday, 19 July 2017 we received a radio call from the Elephants Alive Research Team of a young elephant bull with wire wrapped around its right hind leg.

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Out and About

As the drier winter months set in, the camp environment becomes increasingly more appetizing to elephants. This is so because the browse material in camp stays greener for much longer than the natural veld, and elephants are attracted to this green bite.

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Annual Safari Challenge

The annual Safari Challenge was enthusiastically greeted by the contestants on the Saturday of the Easter weekend. This year the challenge was made even more special, and difficult, because the Nhlaralumi was in full flow when contestants assembled at the start. There was tangible hype and excitement in the air, huge anticipation of events to come.

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