Monthly Archives: February 2013

Flora on Sibuya Game Reserve

At the moment, here and there in the deep forests, one can see a dense haze of delicate pink as the tall CAPE CHESTNUT TREES (Calodendrum capense) are in full flower. The citrus-like scent of these is a favourite with the bees and they visit these trees in abundance. The bark of the tree is used in traditional cosmetics.

At all times of the year there are flowers blooming at SIBUYA. During October the COAST CORAL TREES (Erythrina caffra) were spectacular with their rich vermillion flowers attracting birds and animals alike. Nick even spotted a BUSHBUCK doe (Tragelaphus scriptus) munching on some flowers which had fallen to the ground. The bright kidney-shaped vermillion and black seeds of this tree are frequently used to make jewellery as they are known as “lucky beans”. The leaves and bark are used medicinally in traditional medicine and the wood is even used for fishing net floats.


The Cape Chestnut with its sweet scented flowers | The Coral Tree a brilliant tapestry of colour

Sibuya Game Reserve

Sibuya has recently started team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.

If you are planning an African Safari, or want to stay at a Game Reserve in South Africa, or a Game Reserve near the Garden Route, or are looking for that perfect Game Reserve Wedding Venue, then why not visit Sibuya for that ultimate African Bush Experience! Sibuya is a Malaria Free Game Reserve

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How the waterbuck got its white ring

One dark night, when there was no moon, a waterbuck mother and her young ones grazed very close to a tribesman’s hut. This man had been busy whitewashing the walls of his hut in preparation for a visit by a relative, and he had left the pots of whitewash outside.

One of the waterbuck accidentally knocked over the pots in the dark, making such a noise that the tribesman woke up. He ran outside and was very angry to see that all of his nice white paint had been spilled. He shouted at the buck, and chased them. The waterbuck scattered and ran in all directions.

In his anger, the tribesman picked up a pot and threw it at the mother waterbuck. It struck her firmly on the hindquarters, and left a large white circle on her rump. Now this was very useful because it showed up nicely in the dark, and her young ones were able to follow her to the safety of the forest.

When the waterbuck realized how useful it was to have a white ring around their bottom, they decided to keep it. From that day to this, no self-respecting waterbuck has been seen without one.

Sibuya Game Reserve

Sibuya has recently started team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.

If you are planning an African Safari, or want to stay at a Game Reserve in South Africa, or a Game Reserve near the Garden Route, or are looking for that perfect Game Reserve Wedding Venue, then why not visit Sibuya for that ultimate African Bush Experience! Sibuya is a Malaria Free Game Reserve