Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sport and Cultural Tours to South Africa

SA Sports Tours is a sports tour operator, specializing in both international inbound tours into South Africa and international outbound tours from South Africa, offering sport, cultural and historical tours to schools, clubs and other groups. They provide custom tours for schools looking to tour internationally with either sports or cultural groups and also handle all the travel arrangements for international schools and clubs coming into South Africa. They are a SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association) bonded company and can offer you 10 years’ experience in customized group travel in the tourism industry. School tours form the core of their business with annual international hockey tours to Holland proving to be the most popular of the outbound tours.

With years of experience, they are aware of the time, logistics and the pressures that accompany international group travel. As a result their services include customized itineraries to suit your schools specific requirements in terms of group size, accommodation, transport, meals, excursions, training sessions and the strength of the opposition for the tour match fixtures. They also assist with flights, visa applications and insurance needs to make your trip as hassle free as possible.

SA Sports Tours will provide you with an affordable, all inclusive, quality tour to a local or international destination of your choice – contact them now for an itinerary estimate.

Latest news from Sibuya Game Reserve

The last couple of months of Summer have been graced with a profusion of magnificent colourful BUTTERFLIES, flitting, sailing and swooping among the shrubs and flowers. The tiny SPOTTED SAILER (Neptis saclava marpessa) proving to be an easy photographic target as its flight is slow and it settles on wet earth and fermenting plant matter on the forest floor. A variety of large, showy swallowtails … CITRUS SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio demodicus demodicus), MOCKER SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio dardanus cenea), and the GREEN BANDED SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio wireus lyaeus) were a common sight daily but proved to be more challenging to photograph as their swift dancing flight made one into a clumsy, not often successful pursuer!


A Familiar Sight – The Citrus Swallowtail feeding on Plumbago nectar


A Mocker Swallowtail


Common Dotted Border

ELLA’S STORY

The Tortoise and the Electric Fence

One morning at the end of March I was driving into RIVER CAMP and had to pass through an electric gate. At the gate I noticed that the electric fence was shorting and looking around, I noticed a big LEOPARD TORTOISE (Geochelone pardalis)… the biggest I have ever come across… caught in the bottom wires of the fence. The tortoise had got stuck between two wires, one touching the front of the shell and the other touching the back. I didn’t know how long it had been there but knowing the strength of the electric fence, I thought it would probably be dead but still had a little hope as I saw what I thought was some foot movement. Heading straight to River Camp I collected Sydney and together we went back up to the electric gate to try and make a plan to remove the tortoise. Luckily we had a few plastic cooler boxes on the back of the truck and using one of the lids, Sydney thought he could push the tortoise back through the two wires. As soon as he touched the stranded creature, it started making a deep, hoarse hissing sound and we were hugely relieved to discover for certain that it was still alive! This made us even more determined to save it and eventually Sydney managed to push it far enough so that only one wire was touching the shell. By lifting the last electric wire with the lid, we were able to pull the tortoise free. We released it far away from the fence into some long lush grass. Feeling very relieved, we stood and watched it move slowly away to freedom.


The Rescued Leopard Tortoise

Fishing in the KARIEGA RIVER has been extremely fruitful and guests have feasted on their own freshly caught fish and MUD CRABS (Scylla serrate)… see our FACEBOOK SITE FOR CHRIS’ RECIPE FOR CRAB AND PRAWN CURRY!! http://tinyurl.com/c463t8y


A mighty fine catch – Fresh Cob for dinner

Hearty congratulations to Sarah and Phil Daniels from the UK who honoured us by choosing to get married at SIBUYA in February (see the photograph and comments on our Facebook) http://tinyurl.com/c6dmvwr

Thank you for choosing us to host your very special day. We wish you love and happiness forever and look forward to your return visit! http://www.sibuya.co.za/en/comments

The SIBUYA FAMILY said a sad farewell to our Dutch student at the end of February. Thank you for your vitality and dedication Sebastian…and also of course, a few good parties! We wish you luck with your career and hope that one day you will return. Migle from Denmark and Kelyn (Kel) Hofmeyr finish their term with us at SIBUYA at the end of April… we thank you both for your input and hard work and hope you’ll be happy wherever you go… please return to see us one day!


Memorable sunsets make for memorable stays

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 the Sibuya Rhino Foundation & Anti-Poaching page.

To all you lovely people who have visited us at SIBUYA, we wish you “HAPPY DAYS!” and look forward to welcoming you here again soon!

Best wishes from Carol and the SIBUYA TEAM.

Many thanks to Chris Ovens and Justin for the use of their stunning pics.

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

Sightings of interest on Sibuya

An exciting one! A BROWN SNAKE-EAGLE (Circaetus cinereus) has been sighted recently on a regular basis by Mike, Chris and their guests while game driving Long Camp. As yet we don’t have a picture to publish for you because the conditions haven’t been ideal for photography lately but hopefully Chris will oblige soon! This bird, although a nomad, is way south of its usual range, so as soon as we have the visual proof, the serious “twitchers” in the area will be notified.

Not a common resident at SIBUYA, the buzzard-sized BOOTED EAGLE (Aquila pennatus) has been sighted regularly over the last couple of weeks by Mike and his guests.

An incredible sight was a flock of fourteen TRUMPETER HORNBILLS (Bycanistes bucinator), a couple of beautiful AFRICAN GREEN-PIGEONS (Treron calvus) and some KNYSNA TURACOS (LOURIES) (Tauraco corythaix) all clambering about in an enormous dense COMMON WILD FIG TREE (Ficus burkei) while feasting on ripe figs… what a bonus! At the moment there is an abundance of fruit around as the WILD OLIVE (Olea europaea, sub-species Africana) and a number of other trees are also providing plentiful food for fruit-loving birds. Great sightings are numerous at present.

Great excitement! A SPOTTED HYENA (Crocuta crocuta), which has not been a resident animal at SIBUYA, has appeared in pics taken at night by the RHINO WATCH CAMERAS. This “stranger” has been seen by Bryan and his guests during a late afternoon game drive and is apparently a rather tatty specimen as its missing an ear and the other one looks a bit tattered and torn… obviously the result of a fight!


The newly arrived Spotted Hyena

A beautiful golden-yellow eyed AFRICAN SCOPS OWL (Otus senegalensis) was spotted by Chris and guests while out on late game drive…a very lucky sighting as they’re not common in our area.


The rarely sighted Scops Owl

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