Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sibuya Game Reserve Babies!

As usual at this time of the year, the IMPALA (Aepyceros melampus) lambs are bringing joyful smiles to our faces as they gambol playfully and peer inquisitively at us as we pass by. The grass is long and lush so with this plentiful source of food for their mothers, they’re fat and shiny!

There are a couple of the cutest baby ZEBRA (Equus burchelli) and GIRAFFE (Giraffa camelopardalis) who seem to admire us from beneath long lazy eyelashes…


Baby Impala “Stotting is such fun!”


Baby Giraffe “What are you staring at?”

The weather has been stiflingly hot and humid and the elies have made the most of the water still lying in long pools after the flood. The following picture will speak for itself!


What could beat a communal swim with your siblings… Elies at play in Long Camp

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

Sibuya Game Reserve News

We bade farewell to Tanya Prinsloo, Ross Christie and Kerrow Miller this year and wished them well in their new ventures.

We are delighted to welcome Mike and Karen Pearson back to the SIBUYA family and look forward to many years of working together. Thank you for choosing to come back to us…

Ella West, who was a student with us last year, opted to stay on as a permanent team member and we take this opportunity to thank her for boundless hours of dedication!

Werner Taljard (Guide) and Nikki Goodall (Cheetah Project and General Assistant) joined us in November and were immediately absorbed into the web as we launched into an extremely busy season.


Kari & Mike Pearson (familiar faces return) | Nikki & Werner (new faces)

Our lives have been made a lot easier as a result of having some international hospitality students to assist us and expand their experience… Joeri Jansen and Sebastian Sap from Holland and Toni Tesauro from USA… we thank you for your energy and input.

As Joeri leaves us,we bid him a fond farewell and welcome a new student from Denmark, Migle Daugnorinti. We hope she enjoys being part of the SIBUYA FAMILY and that she benefits from the experience.


Joeri, Toni and Migle


Joeri and Sebastian

Memorable stays at SIBUYA are made that much more so due to our extremely passionate, committed and hard-working team… many thanks to them all… we couldn’t do it without their combined effort!

Please Note! Yes You Can Help!

Sibuya Rhino Foundation is now up and running!

Your donation will be greatly appreciated in helping us to protect our precious rhino.

For more information please visit our Rhino Foundation and anti-poaching page

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

Interesting Sightings on Sibuya Game Reserve

Wonderful news is that the REDBILLED OX-PECKERS (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) are still very much around and were observed feasting on the ticks plaguing the BUFFALO (Syncerus caffer).

Guess who's come to dinner...not you again!!
Guess who’s come to dinner…not you again!!

CONGRATULATIONS! SIBUYA is proud to announce that Chris Ovens won a photographic competition and the picture was selected for publication in AFRICA GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE (November 2012 issue). A beautiful pair of binoculars was the prize for his stunning pic of a split-second interaction between an adult and juvenile AFRICAN GOSHAWK (Accipiter tachiro). Chris was out on game drive with guests and suddenly saw a juvenile GOSHAWK sitting on the top of a Euphorbia….always at the ready he lifted his camera and in that split second, an adult bird appeared from nowhere and lunged at the juvenile…what a winning shot!

Winning Pic - dynamic African Goshawk interaction by Chris Ovens
Winning Pic – dynamic African Goshawk interaction by Chris Ovens

A stunning sighting of a young LEOPARD (Panthera pardus) was had by Justin. At mid-afternoon he was driving to Forest Camp when suddenly for a magical fleeting couple of seconds, the leopard and he stared into each others eyes and then the spell was broken and it soundlessly melted back into the bush.

This sighting was extremely noteworthy as usually leopards are nocturnal, secretive and cunning and as a result are very rarely seen…especially when they’ve unfortunately been persecuted for decades by farmers. The afternoon game drive vehicles combed the area but it had vanished!

Werner was the envy of the day when he spotted a stocky little HONEY BADGER (Mellivora capensis) while out on late afternoon game drive with his guests. As these aggressive little animals are seldom seen, particularly during daylight hours, it was a thrilling sighting and a first for the guests.

Cruising through LONG CAMP, Mike and his guests were transfixed by an AFRICAN FISH-EAGLE (Haliaeetus vocifer) carrying off part of an Impala lamb carcass. It’s extremely unlikely that the Fish-Eagle actually killed the Impala…it probably found the leftover pickings of a LYNX (Felis caracal), BLACK-BACKED JACKAL (Canis mesomelas) or even other eagles such as the AFRICAN CROWNED EAGLE (Stephanoaetus coronatus) or the MARTIAL EAGLE (Polemaetus bellicosus) who are inclined to prey on small antelope.

Arriving visitors to SIBUYA were thrilled by the antics of a visiting SEAL in the Kariega Estuary. He tumbled and performed graceful dives right next to the boat…apparently oblivious to his enthralled audience and providing them with wonderful photographic opportunities. Later, he caught a sand shark which he thrashed around until he finally killed it and then, flashing his large yellow teeth, he shredded it as part of his “ritualistic game” and ate it piece by piece. Later he became a noncholant sunbather at the beach…oblivious to the small crowd who gathered to admire him!

The BLADDER CRICKET (Orthoptera – pneumoridae) seen and photographed by Justin while out on “rhino watch”. This little “grasshopper/cricket/cicada” is endemic to South Africa and we only become aware of their presence in the middle of the night during mid-November and December when their weird inimitable call echoes through the forest and announces that they are courting! The voice of the male is the loudest of all known insects on the planet…98 decibels within a distance of 1 metre and can be heard up to 2km away! The female is flightless and she and the male duet so that he can zone in and find her. According to Dr Moira van Staaden, an expert on the subject, these creatures date back to the Jurassic Period!

The remarkable male Bladder Cricket
The remarkable male Bladder Cricket

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

Bird Watching in the Eastern Cape

As a result of the extremely wet Spring, there are a good variety of aquatic birds in the reserve enjoying the large expanses of water and abundant supply of food.

Following are a few captured on camera while going about their business.

A Three - banded Plover chick ... Will I ever grow into these legs?
A Three – banded Plover chick … Will I ever grow into these legs?

A Red-billed Teal and chicks find a tranquil pool
A Red-billed Teal and chicks find a tranquil pool

A pair of Cape Shovelers on the move
A pair of Cape Shovelers on the move

A handsome pair of Black Crakes
A handsome pair of Black Crakes

Sadly this year we’ve seen only the odd single EUROPEAN ROLLER (Coracias garrulus) and one solitary WHITE STORK (Ciconia ciconia)…their diminishing numbers have been a concern for the last couple of years.

A European Roller pauses on a high vantage point
A European Roller pauses on a high vantage point

An Osprey takes time out from fishing
An Osprey takes time out from fishing

The juvenile BATELEURS (Terathopius ecaudatus) unfortunately seem to have moved away during the last couple of months. A great pity as we were hoping that they were a young pair who would stay and possibly breed. Good news is that Justin spotted an adult bird scanning the Watersmeet Plains. We are hoping that Bateleurs might still return permanently to this area as this is the third individual sighted at SIBUYA in the last year.

Two OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus) have been sighted regularly hunting along the estuary. As they are rather uncommon Palaearctic migrants, visitors have been thrilled by their presence.

There have also been several sightings by both Chris and Werner of a BLACK STORK (Ciconia nigra)…as they are a rather rare sight, we are delighted that they are around!

A small group of “Twitcher” (birding fanatic) guests at SIBUYA were rewarded by seeing a WHITE-BACKED NIGHT HERON (Gorsachius leuconotus) while cruising quietly down the river one evening, This shy and uncommon resident is often overlooked as it hides in the thick undergrowth along parts of the River and requires the sharpest of eyes to spot it!

The immature African Fish-Eagle | A shy juvenile White-Backed Night Heron
The immature African Fish-Eagle | A shy juvenile White-Backed Night Heron

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