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Rainfall: February 2018:
1983 - 2017 90.2mm
1992 - 2017
Max: 37°C
Min: 20°C
7/14 Day forecast - Ingwelala

Knowledge Base


The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an animal that has always fascinated me, its shape and size unmistakable in the African savanna with its intriguing physiological adaptations.

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Grey Heron (Ardea Cinerea)

Grey Herons are commonly found in South Africa, and it may be confused with the Black-Headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala). The main identifying characteristic is to look at the head. The Grey Heron has a black streak on its head whereas the Black-Headed Heron has a solid black head. Feathers are predominantly grey.

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Grey-headed Bush Shrike

The cool winter mornings in the bushveld are currently being greeted by the somewhat mournful call of the Grey-headed Bush-Shrike (Malaconotus blanchoti).

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Ground Hornbill

The Southern Ground-Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri is a conservation icon of South Africas savannas. Once widespread and fairly common, a recent analysis of the species status in South Africa has revealed that both its range and numbers decreased by approximately two-thirds during the 20th Century.

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A definitive sound in the dawn chorus at this time of the year is the enthusiastic contribution from the Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris).

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Helmet-Shrike - Retz’s

Retz’s Helmet-Shrike (Prionops retzii) occurs widely through Africa, south of the equator. Preferred habitat is riverine woodland, mopani woodland and deciduous. Sexes are alike in appearances.

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An adult hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious) that died from fighting injuries at Buffels Hide revealed some interesting intra species behaviour.

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Honey Badgers

When travelling around the Reserve, keep a look out for what seems like “clay balls” as depicted in the picture below. 


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The following text is an account from a Member who came face to face with a hyena in camp early one morning.

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The characteristic sound of the impala rutting season can not be mistaken in the African bushveld and this ancient ritual of activity peaks during the month of May.

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