Monthly Archives: May 2013

Autumn Flowers on Sibuya

During February, March and April, SIBUYA has been alive with a stunning variety of butterflies flitting about doing “butterfly business”. Banks of sky-blue PLUMBAGO (Plumbago auriculata) and bright vermillion CAPE HONEYSUCKLE (Tecoma capensis) providing nectar for the butterflies and delighting the eye. In many choice spots these prolific plants seems to form a rather beautiful corridor down which we pass. It’s sometimes difficult to believe that these profusely flowering shrubs occur naturally in the Eastern Cape.


Lovely Nuxia flowers visited by a Spotted Sailer and Green-Banded Swallowtails

The FOREST-ELDER TREES (Nuxia floribunda), on the forest margins and within individual clumps, have just finished flowering. While they were at their best the small white fragrant flowers, in showy large much-branched heads, attracted a prolific amount of nectar-loving birds, insects and butterflies…which in turn attracted other birds which preyed on them…and so the cycle continues…

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

Autumn on Sibuya

Autumn seems to have crept up on us earlier than usual this year! Instead of hot humid nights, the evenings are thankfully definitely a little cooler but daytime temperatures remain high…in the upper 20s, 30s and even in the scorching 40s in the bush on the odd days.

All of the summer migrants have departed on their marathon journeys. The STEPPE BUZZARDS (Buteo vulpinus) were conspicuously absent very early this year. One wonders if they knew something about the weather that we’re not aware of at this stage.

The long tracts of water from the October floods are beginning to shrink, but much to the joy of many guests, the ELEPHANT (Loxodonta africana), RHINO (Ceratotherium simum) and BUFFALO (Syncerus caffer) are still finding more than enough water to provide wonderful recreational swims and mud-baths… fantastic photo opportunities for guests abound as one can see from the following pic of one of the buffalo fast asleep in her mud-bath. One can sit enthralled indefinitely!


What a lovely Spa…fast asleep in the mud!!

We’re grateful for the lovely soaking rain we had…but very unfortunately for guests, it came over the Easter week-end! Because we’ve done some very necessary burning of the veld to knock back the bush and to improve grazing for the wide variety of game…a good soaking rain has now ensured strong regrowth of the grasses before the growing season ends with the cooler weather of Autumn.

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