Category Archives: Our spectacular nature

Interesting fauna and flora

  • Hiding Out

    Posted on March 20, 2013 by Gavin in Adventures, Birding in Hluhluwe, Birds, Our spectacular nature.

    The increased water levels of the Hluhluwe River and Lake St Lucia has spurred a major boom in the aquatic and insect life. This in turn has boosted the amount of bird species visiting our spectacular area. However, photographing these avian models is never the easiest as they are exceptionally skittish and somewhat camera shy. […]

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  • Night Stalker

    Posted on January 22, 2013 by Gavin in Adventures, Our spectacular nature.

    During the early hours of Saturday (12th of Jan 2013) morning we had an unsuspected visitor help himself to on of Hluhluwe River Lodge’s lovely bull nyalas. The night stalker took full advantage of the nyala as he was already weakened due to a near-fatal wound on one of its front legs caused by what […]

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  • Crazy Turtle Adventure

    Posted on January 2, 2013 by Gavin in Adventures, Day Trips, Family fun, Interesting visitors, On Safari, Our spectacular nature.

    On the 30th of December 2012 I agreed to accompany the Smith family (from the UK and RSA), as their guide, on a seriously adventurous trip to Bhanga Nek, which is a beautiful spit of land dividing the Kosi (second) Lake from the warm Indian Ocean, to see the turtles sneak up the beach in […]

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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-‘n-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:  Breëbek 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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  • Secretarybird

    Posted on November 14, 2012 by Gavin in Birding in Hluhluwe, Birds.

    Sagittarius serpentarius Other Names: Afrikaans: Sekretarisvoel Zulu: iNtungunono Xhosa: Ingxangxosi Taxonomy: Kingdom – Animalia Phylum – Chordata Subphylum – Vertibrata Class – Aves Order – Accipitriformes Family – Sagittaridae Genus – Sagittarius Species – Serpentarius The common name Secretarybird is said to derive from the bird’s crest of long feathers which look like the long […]

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  • The Broadbills Are Here!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on November 13, 2012 by Gavin in Birding in Hluhluwe, Day Trips, Hiking Trails, On Safari, Our spectacular nature.

    This morning (13th November 2012) I decided to take our new reservations manager, Nicole Shaw,  on a little walk along our Red Duiker Trail from Hluhluwe River Lodge in an attempt to see if I could finally find her a Narina Trogan that I promised her and find myself an African Broadbill (Smithornis capensis) for […]

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  • Sclerocarya birrea – Marula Tree

    Posted on November 10, 2012 by Gavin in Trees.

    Sclerocarya birrea sub. caffra Common name: Marula Zulu name: Umganu Afrikaans: Maroela Description: The Marula tree is a deciduous tree that grows up to 18m tall and is found in various types of woodlands favouring a sandy soils and sometimes sandy loam soil. It is a well-known component of the vegetation type known as ‘Bushveld’ […]

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