Something new is always happening at Ingwelala! 

Our projects are as varied and as diverse as one would expect from an organisation with so many stakeholders, and impacting on so many lives.

What is important is that we strive to constantly improve the Ingwelala experience for our members within the conservation ethos and official regulations. Not everyone agrees with every  project, and this is why so many of our projects are presented to all concerned before implementation in an attempt to get a general consensus. 

This page centralises major projects, or projects under consideration by the Board, and is updated as more information becomes available. 

 

 

15/03/2024

Sibon Upgrade

February was a month focused heavily on Sibon. The camp was fully closed, allowing us the time we needed to do some much-needed maintenance and upkeep. We worked tirelessly through the course of the month, making sure that we got to everything we needed to.

The thatched roofing needed some repairs and upgrades on all the buildings, which has been completed beautifully. Old thatching was removed from areas of concern, being neatly replaced with new thatching grass. Branches touching the roofing were removed, and the roofs were neatened and reinforced with mesh to make it as durable as possible.

Thank you to the Chameleon Builders’ thatching crew that spent so many hours doing this for us - it is greatly appreciated.

Chameleon Builders hard at work
Completed thatch roofing

The swimming pool underwent a major transformation after some damage occurred towards the end of 2023. The pool has been completely re-surfaced and re-sealed on the inside and is now looking as good as ever! Thank you to Lopez Pools for their hard work through the month.

Swimming pool under construction
Swimming pool completed

One of the big tasks to tackle was the electric fence that surrounds Sibon camp. This included replacing damaged poles, re-stranding the entire fence, adding a large Earth Mat on the outside of the fence, and upgrading to an extra layer of elephant fencing in certain “hotspot” areas.

This was a massive job, and the Conservation Team did an amazing job of re-doing the fence in record time. Thank you to Josh for heading up the task team, and to Two-Boy, Difference and the rest of the Conservation Crew who helped make it happen!

The Conservation Crew hard at work...
Re-done fencing and new Earth mat
Added layer of elephant protection

The solar panels have been installed on top of the car ports, and there was also a heavy focus on general neatening of the garden space and area surrounding the camp.

Solar panels on the carport
Branches cut away from roofing
General neatening of the garden space and outside area...

The area around Sibon pan also had some extensive clearing done to both place the Earth Mat for the fence and to allow for a more uninterrupted view of the pan itself. This has made a massive difference to the aesthetic, and we hope you will enjoy the wider view of the landscape and pan. The tall grass was trimmed down, and the vegetation cleared (Grewia spp.) has been recycled into brush packing material, which was used to assist with Veld Rehabilitation on Buffelsbed (to allow grass communities to re-establish themselves).

Thank you to the Conservation team for making this happen, and thanks especially to Chris for all his hard work manually clearing the larger vegetation and the grass with the tractor.

Before: The Conservation Team clearing the area in front of Sibon Pan
After: Clear view of the pan, with a herd of elephants enjoying the water

It really was an incredibly productive month, and we are so proud of our teams for all the effort and hard work that went into Sibon. Thank you to all who assisted, and well done to the Ingwelala Crew for making it happen!

Two elephant bulls were regular visitors at Sibon during the month, keeping us on our toes and entertaining us with their daily visits looking for Marula fruits:

Josh Hibbett with one of the elephant bulls looking for Marula fruits in camp
The two elephant bulls enjoying Sibon pan after being encouraged out of camp

By Tess Woollgar, images courtesy of Tess Woollgar, Willichia Venter & Josh Hibbett.

 

 


2023 Completed Projects


2022 Completed Projects


2021 Completed Projects


17/12/2020

Unfortunately due to COVID-19, there were no Special Projects undertaken during 2020.

The only exception was the Trial Fence which was halted. A special task team was formed to assist with finding a long term solution to curb elephant incursions into camp.


2019 Completed Projects


2018 Completed Projects


2012 Completed Projects


2011 Completed Projects

 


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