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Knowledge Base


Here is an interesting article about these creatures with advise, do's and don'ts.

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The Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a well known terrestrial raptor, easily identified by its unusually long bare legs, long tail and unique gait that it has. It is thought to derive its common name from the long quill-like feathers on its head crest, giving the impression of (in days gone by) an office secretary sporting quill pens stowed behind one’s ear, which is another distinguishing characteristic.

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Shepherd’s Tree

The Shepherd’s tree (Boscia albitrunca) is an easy tree to identify on your travels around the Reserve, especially in the northern reaches of Buffelsbed and Sibon. In Afrikaans it is known as Witgat and in Venda as Muvhombwe.

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Shrikes Nests

Thank you to Chris and Auriel Thorpe in Bungalow # 197 for sharing the fascinating world of the Southern White- Crowned Shrike (Eurocephalus anguitimens) and Black Cuckoo-Shrike (Campephaga flava) with us. The images are fantastic, with thrilling observations.

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Sjambok Pod

The Sjambok pod (Cassia abbreviata) is a deciduous tree that is easily identified through its exceptionally long tail like seedpods. An alternate common name is the Long-tail Cassia. In Afrikaans it is known as the Sambokpeul and in Tsonga as Numanyama.

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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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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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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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