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Reserve Affairs
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- Updated 14/12/2016

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Recorded sightings and members' stories - monthly
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Weather

Rainfall: February 2017:
1983 - 2017 49.2mm
   
Temps:
1992 - 2017
Max: 38°C
Min: 19°C
   
7/14 Day forecast - Ingwelala

Knowledge Base

Snakebite Season

article rabies 01Johan Marais is a world-renowned herpetologist who very kindly provided Ingwelala with the following educational material on snakes that we are likely to encounter in South Africa.

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Social Spiders

Users visiting Sibon recently will have noticed the large social spider nest/web in the marula tree above the gazebo area. In South Africa the social spider Stegodyphus mimosarum occurs in the eastern parts. 

They are small brown grey spiders with dark facial markings. Females are larger than males.

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Solifugids

article rabies 01With the change of season, you may have noticed that the very scary looking solifugids have started making frequent appearances on your walls, floors or in your shadow.

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Spider: Golden Orb

An outstanding feature in the Ingwelala landscape during March was the Golden Orb spider. There were literally hundreds of them, everywhere, spinning and safe guarding their webs and generally going about their spider business.

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Springhare

Bungalow # 167 reported an interesting sighting during September, namely a Springhare (Pedetes capensis). I can not confidently recall many sightings in the Reception register in the three years I have worked at Ingwelala.

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Steenbok

The Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) is a small antelope that is often seen on Ingwelala. I was recently asked by a Member why currently it seems that the Steenbok numbers are more prolific than usual.

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The call of the Fish Eagle, the “voice of Africa”

If you have been around Ingwelala camp recently, you would have heard one of the most beautiful sounds in the African Bush, the call of the iconic African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer). You may have noticed that they are calling very frequently during this time of the year, and wondered why this could be.

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The World beneath the Reeds

article rabies 01If you come to a wilderness area such as the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve, you would immediately notice the myriads of different land animal forms of all different shapes and sizes, such as mammals, reptiles, birds and even the small invertebrates and insects.

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Tortoises

Falling in the Class Reptilia, tortoises are from the Order Chelonia and are parallel to other Orders Crocodilia and Squamata, these being crocodiles and snakes and lizards respectively. It is thought that tortoises lived long before the dinosaurs.

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Verreaux's Eagle Owl (Giant Eagle Owl)

Most mornings in camp, at precious dawn, if you listen very carefully and are able to shut out the rhythmic sound of your partner’s sleepy breathing, you can hear the distinct call of Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, formerly known as the Giant Eagle-Owl (Bubo lacteus).

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