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An ex work colleague and personal friend, one who goes by the knick-name of “Chewie” is currently walking from Musina to Cape Town to create public awareness over the massive poaching threat to rhinos, particularly the current onslaught on our South African pachyderms.
Since we are all nature lovers, I thought I would write about how lush the veld is looking this summer. It really is remarkable; there were good rains early in the summer and the growth vigour is quite something.
Exciting news – The Sharalumi flows again.
It started on Sunday night and by Monday morning was in full flow. It has subsided and is not affecting entrance to Ingwe, but other crossings on the reserve are questionable especially Buffelbed which is very sandy.
This holiday I was at Ingwelala for almost 6 weeks and in this time I had amazing sightings of lions, wild dogs, breeding herds of elephants, giant snakes, leopards and much, much more. But the best experience I’ve ever had on Ingwelala was on 22 December 2010 when I was driving around on Goedehoop all by myself because my parents left my brother and I alone at Ingwe for five days.
Reflecting back on 2010 earmarks a busy year for Ingwelala with a number of milestone achievements.
Early in the year a huge effort went into moving many tons of heavy duty fencing material from the Pafuri area in the KNP back to Ingwelala.
It is always hard to consider information in isolation as there are a number of factors which influence the movement and dispersal habitats of wild dogs; prey availability, survival of pups (generally with larger litters if most of the pups are successful the rate of dispersal amongst subordinate adults will increase) and the presence and density of lions and hyenas (wild dogs tend to shy away from areas heavily populated with these species), just to name a few.
Another four (X4) Marula trees were packed on Argyle.
A few small areas were patch burned in camp. Remaining areas identified for burning will be burned closer to the summer rains.