Monthly Archives: October 2013

School Sports Tours to South Africa

SA Sports Tours is a sports tour operator, specializing in Sports Tours to South Africa, offering sport, cultural and historical tours to schools, clubs and other groupsSA Sports Tours provide custom tours for schools looking to tour internationally with either sports or cultural groups and also handle all the travel arrangements for Schools and Clubs touring to South AfricaSA Sports Tours are a SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association) bonded company and offer over 10 years’ experience in customized group travel in the tourism industry. School tours form the core of SA Sports Tours business with annual international rugby tours to South Africa proving to be the most popular of the Sports Tours to South Africa.

Sports Tours to Cape Town

SA Sports Tours have years of experience, and are aware of the time, logistics and the pressures that accompany international group travel. As a result SA Sports Tours services include customized itineraries to suit individual school or club specific requirements in terms of group size, accommodation, transport, meals, excursions, training sessions and the strength of the opposition for the South African Sports Tour Match Fixtures. SA Sports Tours also assist with flights, visa applications and insurance needs to make the Sports Trip to South Africa as hassle free as possible.

SA Sports Tours provide an affordable, all inclusive, quality tour to a South African destination of your choice – contact SA Sports Tours now for an itinerary estimate.

SA Sports Tours

SA Sports Tours is a sports tour operator, specializing in Sports Tours to South Africa, Rugby Tours to South Africa, Cricket Tours to South Africa, School Sports Tours to Cape Town

Sibuya Welcomes a Baby Elephant!

We were amazed and very surprised at the birth of an ELEPHANT CALF (Loxodonta Africana) in May, as we were definitely not expecting an addition to the herd!  A “teenage” birth! The elephants seemed to have “disappeared” for days and then suddenly reappeared briefly, proudly seemingly to display the latest addition! During brief sightings, the rangers were very confused as to who the mother was and even thought that there may be more than one calf because the Matriarch & sub-Matriarch were also lactating and were seen suckling a little one. Once the herd felt a little more secure about the new arrival, they appeared more frequently in areas in which they were clearly visible and it became obvious that all three females were sharing the feeding and caring for the new baby!

Hoping for more insight on this seemingly rather unusual behaviour, I contacted an expert… Dr Michelle Henley… a world authority working under Save the Elephant Foundation’s umbrella. She’s monitored elephants for more than 20 years. Following is her extremely interesting response: “Young cows often lack the experience to look after their calves. This is especially true if they weren’t afforded the opportunity to be “allo-mothers” while growing up. The older cows in the herd generally allow the younger females to learn all the ropes related to caring for the calves so that by the time they grow up and reach sexual maturity, they know exactly how to cope.” This young cow apparently seems to have missed out on this rather important part of her education so the older more experienced cows… most probably her mother and aunt… are being of invaluable assistance.

A reassuring touch

Many wonderful photographic opportunities have cropped up as the herd browses, plays in the water and revels in the mud… the calf enjoying showing off his antics to an appreciative gallery of guests.

Mud games are such fun!

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

African Jacana (Actophilornis africanus) sighted on Sibuya Game Reserve

It’s been a great winter season for birding with many exciting sightings!

During May there was a rather heated debate about the identification of a wader on the Edendale floodplains. Eventually this was laid to rest by Chris who managed to get a superior picture of the bird in question as it foraged along the shoreline. The AFRICAN JACANA (Actophilornis africanus) was a juvenile and not a LESSER JACANA (Microparra capensis) as originally thought… we could now clearly see the beginning definition of the frontal plate. We were a little disappointed because the LESSER was last spotted here very many years ago but compensated by the fact that the AFRICAN JACANA is also very rarely seen in this area!

The Juvenile African Jacana showing the developing facial plate

The most exciting news on the feathered front is that the AFRICAN FISH EAGLES (Haliaeetus vocifer) have bred again this year! This iconic pair of FISH EAGLES have been a common sight on the upper reaches of the Kariega Estuary and have delighted SIBUYA guests with their duets as they soar high in their search for food. They’ve used the same nest in a tall EUPHORBIA (Euphorbia triangularis) for a good number of years. Perched on the cliff-side in deep forest, they have a marvelous view of the river below and we have the privilege of being able to look down into their nest from a viewing deck cantilevered on the hillside above! The untidy pile of sticks has a shallow bowl which is lined with grass and green leaves during the nesting period. The female had mostly been doing the incubating and the rangers have had to wait patiently for between 42-45 days to see what’s happening. One, two or even three eggs have been the debate after the plentiful food source over the last year! At last, Chris was at the right place at the right time and was rewarded with a good look at the contents of the nest while the female was not in situ… no eggs but…one healthy-looking chick! If there is more than one chick, there is preferential survival of the fittest…the dominant chick is fed first due to its persistence and the weaker one generally dies as a result of bullying and insufficient food.

FISH EAGLE nestlings are generally fed by both parents and are dependent for many months… even documented up to a year. Their diverse diet can consist of a variety of creatures : fish, cuttlefish, insects, monkeys, frogs, carrion and even the eggs and young of other water-birds. Adult plumage takes up to 5 years to attain. According to our ranger’s predictions, the chick will possibly fledge in the next two/three weeks. We’ll keep you updated on progress.

Fish Eagle carrying a large stick for its nest

The Fish Eagle chick in the nest

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

Empangeni, Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal Accommodation

In 1851, the Norwegian Missionary Society established a station on the banks of the Mpangeni River. The river was named after the profusion of Mpange trees growing along its banks, and the settlement that formed around the station took the slightly Anglicised name of the river.

VBC Guest HouseEmpangeni Accommodation

The root of the world, like the trees, is in the soil, as it refers to its remarkable fertility. This attribute led to the growth of what is now the commercial, agricultural and communications centre for the sugar cane and timber industrial area of the coast above the Tugela River.

Empangeni is a thriving, friendly town in the beautiful surroundings of the Mpangeni Valley.

Empangeni Accommodation:

VBC Guest House
Located in Empangeni, is ideal for leisure and family travelers and is conveniently situated near the best dining, entertainment, and other nearby attractions in the uThungulu District Municipality, near Richards Bay, Zulu-land.

Empangeni Activities:

Empangeni Art & Crafts Centre
Variety of arts and crafts made by the local communities.

Empangeni Art & Cultural Museum
A fascinating museum boasting regular temporary exhibitions and a permanent display including Zulu heritage art and the Harrison collection of the pioneer sugar farmers.

Empangeni Country Club
Tenni, golf, bowls, squash or conferencing in beautiful natural surroundings.

Enseleni Game Reserve
A 295ha reserve, whose name is isiZulu for ‘lair of the badger’. Mangroves, papyrus and many antelope species are some of the wildlife attractions.

Felix Mill
A small village near Empangeni housing a sugar mill labour force. The sugar mill here is one of the largest in the country.

Game Ranches
Hunting/nature trail facilities and accomodation are offered by the Nayala and Mfuli ranches.

Jabulani Crafts
Wonderfully made crafts by physically handicapped persons are on sale.

University of Zululand
The attractive campus of this university, founded in 1959 can be visited.

VBC Guest House

If you are planning a KwaZulu-Natal stay, or want to stay at a Guest House in Empangeni, or a Bed & Breakfast near Richards Bay, or are looking for that perfect Zulu Cultural Getaway, then why not visit VBC Guest House for that ultimate Zululand Experience! A stay at VBC Guest House includes FREE BREAKFAST!