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Seasonal Climate Watch - February to June 2020

The following text is an extract from the latest report from South African Weather Service:
Date issued: January 31, 2020

2019 Reflections

As we bid farewell to 2019 and welcome 2020, on behalf of all the staff I take this opportunity to wish all the Members and their families a prosperous 2020.

Elephants in Camp - The way forward

On Thursday 14th November 2019 (at the AGM ), John Llewellyn gave a interesting talk on the ongoing problem with elephants in camp - highlighting the various issues and looking for permanent solutions as well as input from members.    

Elephants Alive - Iconic Bulls

For more than twenty years, Elephants Alive (originally Save the Elephants SA) has been studying the elephants of the Greater Kruger Area, more recently known as the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.


Spekboom, (Portulacaria Afra) also known as pork bush or elephant’s food, is our own indigenous wonder plant.

Xmas Outreach

It's that time of the year again, when the generosity of the Ingwelala Community is being called upon...

From the Board

The following items provide interim feedback from the 10 August Board Meeting:

Community Service Initiative - Part 1

July 2019 produced another wonderful two-part Community Benefiting Programme initiated by SANParks Honorary Ranger (and Ingwelala Member) Emile Sprenger De Rover. 

Community Service Initiative - Part 2

The second part of the CSI was being able to host 10 Girls from the Louis Botha Children’s home on behalf of Ingwelala.

Injured Elephant

The collared bull elephant, named Matambu, previously reported on for suffering injuries from suspected fighting, has been seen regularly at the Ingwelala causeway, drinking during the mid-day period.

The Bride of Argyle - by Raymond Muller (Bungalow 29)

It was the first time any of us had seen a ghost.

Tribute to Max

It was with deep sadness that Max, one of the original two tracking dogs, was euthanised on 31 May. 

Long Service Awards & Skills Upliftment

The long service awards and skills upliftment are traditionally acknowledged during a luncheon at the May Board Meeting.

Ingwelala Football Team

Ray Dearlove from Bungalow # 172, who resides in Australia, very kindly sponsored soccer vests for the Ingwelala staff and football team.

Injured Animals Study

The following images are courtesy of the Umbabat Warden, who assisted Elephants Alive to treat a collared bull, named Matambu, who suffered injuries following a fight with another bull elephant, most likely in musth condition.

Elephants in Camp - March Update

Elephants in camp once again demanded substantial time from the Conservation Team, repairing fences where possible, and replacing damaged support & anchor poles. 


The Nhlaralumi River flowed after fantastic rains in 2019, in that both January and February exceeded their long-term average figures.

Vuka Ingwe Children’s Holiday Programme

The Vuka Ingwe Children’s Holiday Program was held over two’s day during December 2018. It was a great success and we had such a happy although extremely hot time.

2018 Reflections

As we bid farewell to 2018 and welcome 2019, on behalf of all the staff I take this opportunity to wish all the Members and their families a prosperous 2019.

Nyala Incident

A very unfortunate incident occurred when a nyala bull gored Brad Waggoner from Bungalow # 74. The incident happened near the bungalow around 08h00 one morning.

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