Monthly Archives: September 2013

Spring Flowers on Sibuya

The brilliant vermillion flowers of the COASTAL CORAL TREES (Erythrina caffra) have been really spectacular this year and have attracted many species of nectar-loving birds and the noisy GREEN (RED-BILLED) WOOD-HOOPOE (Phoeniculus purpureus), to sample the sweet nectar and feast on the insects which are also drawn in.

Along the verge as one arrives by boat at FOREST CAMP, there is a colony of NERINES (Appendiculata), a plant native to the Eastern Cape and parts of KZN belonging to the amaryllis family. The delicate flowers grow in a ball-headed shape with individual pale pink wavy-edged, long-lasting flowers. Being in such sharp contrast to the dry riverside grasses, they’re eye-catching not only because of their colour but also because of their extremely delicate appearance. This little plant is rarely seen in the wild or even in cultivation, so we’re lucky that it occurs and gives us pleasure at a spot to which we have such easy access.

Recently, on rocky outcrops and here and there in the bushveld, we’ve seen the flowering PIG’S EAR (Cotyledon orbiculata) succulents. The orangey-pinky-red bell-like flowers are not particularly showy but the grey-green fleshy leaves with their rusty red-coloured margins are extremely useful to the informed. Recently a member of the SIBUYA team was suffering from painful plantar warts on the underside of his feet. He was very surprised to be told by the local doctor to use the succulent fleshy leaves of the PIG’S EAR as a poultice on the warts. After using the leaves in this way for two weeks, the troublesome warts had totally disappeared! Apparently, in Traditional medicine, the leaves of this little succulent are successfully used to cure not only warts, but also boils, corns and toothache.


Detail of the exquisite Nerine


Pig’s Ear making a splash 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

Noteworthy Awards for Sibuya

We are exceptionally proud to announce that SIBUYA GAME RESERVE AND TENTED CAMPS have received two noteworthy awards this year!

TRIPADVISOR has recognised us with a prestigious 2013 Award of Excellence. This Award places SIBUYA in the top-performing 10% of all hospitality businesses on TripAdvisor worldwide. This award is achieved by earning exceptional ratings from our visitors. Very many thanks to you all for taking the time to fill in the surveys which have placed us in this desirable position!  And of course huge accolades to our wonderful SIBUYA team for making your adventure with us not only comfortable but exceptionally memorable!

During the first part of September, the SA TOURISM BOARD were in the process of announcing their Provincial Awards of Excellence and at a glittering formal event held in Port Elizabeth, SIBUYA RIVER AND FOREST CAMP were BOTH placed in the finals. What a proud moment! It was heart-stopping anticipation for minutes before FOREST CAMP was declared joint winner of the LILIZELA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, tie with a five star Lodge in Addo!

Later in September we proudly appeared at the National Finals in Pretoria. At an extremely exciting formal black-tie dinner for over 400 people, we were placed in the top three Nationally but were sadly pipped at the post! It was never-the-less a huge honour to be there! Please, in the meantime, just show us your continued support by taking the time to keep your surveys rolling in… they’re very much appreciated and guide us in pursuit of excellence!


Nick receiving SA Tourism Lilizela Award of Excellence – with deputy Minister of Tourism – Ms Tokozile Xasa and MEC Economic Development, Environmental affairs and Tourism – Mr Mcebisi Jonas

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