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- Updated 25/08/2017

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Weather

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

News Archives

Two birds of prey and a serpent

We were driving down the eastern side of the river heading towards Timbavati Crossing when we saw a Brown Snake Eagle fly across our path. We were amazed that it was able to manage and carry such a large snake in flight.

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Swimming pool hippo, and other updates

A hippo that finds the swimming pool an attractive place to be has continued to visit these chlorine waters on an ad hoc basis. 

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Short drive on Ingwelala? No such thing…

The night of 2 June 2016 was one of those bush nights that just couldn't have been scripted. It was a night that epitomised the magic of the African bushveld and in particular, Ingwelala.

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The current drought at Ingwelala – just how bad is it?

There has been widespread coverage of the current drought in the media: this leads one to speculate just how severe this drought is at Ingwelala, compared with previous droughts. Rainfall records have been kept at Ingwelala since the early 1980s and, during this period, there have been three severe droughts including the current one. 

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Elephants

The picture above of an injured elephant is courtesy of Colin Rowles (Warden of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve) taken several years ago in the Klaserie.

The exact cause of the injury remains unknown, but the fantastic news is that this elephant has survived and appears to be doing well, despite the gaping forehead wound.

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El-Niño continues...

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The following paragraphs are extracts from the latest South African Weather Service, published late March, for the Seasonal Climate Watch, for the period April – August 2016:

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March 2016

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March 2016 was an eventful month on the Reserve, a busy time with school holidays and the Easter period.

Of special interest was a hippo who took a liking to the swimming pool. On his first visit, he surprisingly splashed into the pool one evening when already occupied by human swimmers! Fortunately there was no user conflict as the members opted for discretion over valour. These circumstances provided a huge talking point, especially between Moses and Timothy who had the unenvious task of removing tons of digested and processed grass from the pool. You cannot believe how much dung was produced during the dark hours.

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Report back: Members’ information evening held on 02 March 2016

The following information is feedback from the Members’ information evening held on 02 March 2016 at JCC Woodmead. It is intended to assist and inform those who were unable to attend. 

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2015 Reflections

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This was Natalie and my 10th Christmas/New Year at Ingwelala. Thank you one and all, for all your support during 2015 and wishing each of you a prosperous 2016. Thank you too, for those of you who joined the staff for the New Year Bash, and especially to Mark and Karen who ably lead the team with the party theme, decal and arrangements. It was a fantastic fun-filled evening, a great way to celebrate the beginning of a new year.

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Monitoring Herbivore Impact

The experts are predicting a long term dry cycle, less than average rainfall and a level of unpredictability. Conservation staff have initiated a vegetation monitoring programme around the water holes Elephant Pan, Bird Hide, Hyena Dam, Deadwood Dam, Goedehoop Dam, Sibon Dam and Jackalberry Dam.

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