Monthly Archives: December 2012

  • Holiday happiness!

    Posted on December 29, 2012 by Gavin in Events and functions, Family fun, Hluhluwe Accomodation.

    Christmas has come and passed and our Lodge has been pumping, awesome guests everywhere! The way we like it ūüôā I want to say a special thanks to the staff at River Lodge for the amount of effort that they have put into keeping our Lodge running over the current crazy season and making sure […]

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  • Water, water, water!

    Posted on December 15, 2012 by Gavin in Hluhluwe Accomodation.

    Recent rainfall has turned the Hluhluwe river floodplain into a water logged wetland reminiscent of the Okavango swamps. After 10 years of drought the area is lush and green and bursting with life. Along with the water there has been a return of waterfowl and ducks to the floodplain and lake shore. ¬†More rain is […]

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  • Farewell to a good man.

    Posted on December 11, 2012 by Gavin in Interesting visitors.

    This month the Hluhluwe River Lodge team will be saying farewell to Craig Clowes who will be moving on to enjoy a short holiday before continuing his studies in George. Craig joined the lodge after completing a fieldguides course at Bhejane Nature Training and has been involved primarily in birding trips and lodge activities. Craig […]

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  • Buffalo Thorn

    Posted on December 5, 2012 by Gavin in Our spectacular nature, Trees.

    Ziziphus Mucronata English: Buffalo Thorn Afrikaans: Blinkblaar-waag-‚Äėn-bietjie Zulu: umPhafa Description: Ziziphus mucronata is a small to medium sized tree that grows to about 10m in height with the maximum size recorded at around 20m tall. It has a spreading crown with drooping branches and often has branches low down. The young stems are reddish brown […]

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  • African Broadbill

    Posted on December 2, 2012 by Gavin in Birding in Hluhluwe, Birds, Day Trips, Hiking Trails.

    Smithornis capensis English: African Broadbill Afrikaans:¬† Bre√ębek Taxonomy: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Eurylaimidae Genus: Smithornis Species: S. capensis Description: With a very broad bill, black cap and heavy streaking below, this bird is unmistakable. It also has a conspicuous white patch on its back which is exposed in flight. Juveniles […]

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  • Got Lizards?

    Posted on December 1, 2012 by Gavin in Interesting visitors.

    Summer is humid in Hluhluwe and the days can be warm, very warm. We like it hot because that’s when all the action happens! By action we mean wildlife,¬†bird life¬† insect life and Reptile life. A regular visitor is ‘Mr Monitor Lizard’ who cruises the gardens around the lodge eating some pretty gross stuff like […]

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  • Carbon Neutral visitors.

    Posted on December 1, 2012 by Gavin in Interesting visitors.

    Christopher List and¬†Melissa¬†Andrews are green! They only eat vegetables ( no problem for our chef’s ) and are on a mission investigating ways to be carbon neutral. They have very little in the way of belonging’s and carry all their requirements in small Aluminium boxes attached to their India manufactured scooter’s. Chris is a photographer […]

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  • Turtle season!

    Posted on December 1, 2012 by Gavin in Day Trips.

    During the months of November and December the annual Turtle season reaches a peak when Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles lay egg’s on the beautiful beaches of the Maputaland coast just an hour from Hluhluwe River Lodge. There are¬†specialized¬†tours ¬†to witness this amazing spectacle that can be booked from the lodge. For those who are […]

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