Monthly Archives: November 2013

Enjoy Panoramic Views from Sibuy’s new ROOIKOP View-Point

“Thank you Justin!”…

Justin’s provided us with a spectacular new panoramic VIEW-POINT up on one of the highest spots on SIBUYA… ROOIKOP (Literally translated from the Afrikaans, means “Redhead”). This will be a magnificent site for picnics and sun-downers alike. Not only is the view breath-taking from here, but it overlooks a water-hole so should provide good game viewing and photographic opportunities as well. This new spot even boasts a “Flushing Loo with a view”…you’ll have to enjoy this magnificent treat the next time you visit!

The stunning panoramic view from Justin’s new observation point

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

CAPE CLAWLESS OTTERS (Aonyx capensis) – Both Nick and Chris have spotted a family group of five silvery-sheened otters cavorting in the river at Watersmeet. A truly delightful sight.

LIONS (Panthera leo) – They’re at it again!! Guests have been fascinated! Cubs possibly on their way in a couple of months!

BUSHPIG (Potamochoerus porcus) – Two daylight sightings by Nick and Carol of a character which is generally considered as being nocturnal. In areas where they are seldom disturbed, they may be seen during the day, but where they are subject to control (they can be a pest in agricultural crops), they are largely nocturnal.

Two beautiful SMALL-SPOTTED GENETS (Genetta genetta) were sighted in Top Camp by Werner and his guests while returning to Camp one evening. An exciting event as they’re nocturnal and are seldom seen in pairs.

Lately, summer migrants are appearing – seemingly early this year! Almost daily we’re adding to the list of arrivals…on the Estuary, amongst others, COMMON GREENSHANKS (Tringa nebularia), WOOD SANDPIPERS (Tringa glareola) – not a common visitor at the coast – so exciting… and the MARSH SANDPIPER (Tringa stagnatilis).  The obvious and commonly seen YELLOW-BILLED KITES (Milvus parasitis) are soaring above…the beautiful AFRICAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHERS (Terpsiphone viridis) have been seen flitting in the forest and making their distinctive call…”twee-tiddly-te-te”; AFRICAN PYGMY KINGFISHERS (Ispidina picta) can be heard on the river with their  high-pitched “chip-chip“ and the cuckoos have returned too with sightings of the BLACK CUCKOO (Cuculus clamosus) and KLAAS’S CUCKOO (Chrysococcyx klaas). The forest is ringing with their plaintive calls. Telephone wires have just become adorned with a variety of SWALLOWS (Hirundo rustica and Hirundo abyssinica)…summer is definitely on the way!

The brightly coloured but extremely furtive NARINA TROGONS (Apaloderma narina) are calling in the forest…early this year…Mike called one in much to the delight of his guests.

BLACK HARRIER (Circus maurus) Although endemic, they’re not frequent visitors to SIBUYA so Mike was excited to see one here for the first time while out on game drive in August.

AFRICAN MARSH-HARRIER (Circus ranivorus) Seen feeding along the shoreline of what are flooded grasslands. A first here for Nick and Carol while out on game drive.

MARSHALL EAGLE (Polemaetus bellicosus) A magnificent but uncommon resident spotted by Mike and guests.

OSPREY (Pandion haliaetus) Seen on the lower reaches of the Kariega Estuary by Justin, Chris and Mike with guests. We think it could have spent the winter here as it is generally considered a summer migrant and was sighted on several occasions during the winter months.

RED-BILLED OXPECKERS (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) – Great excitement as Chris, Mike and their respective guests have spotted a threesome on a number of occasions as they feed on ticks off the backs of the buffalo. We’re delighted that they’ve bred…the third member of the group is an immature bird!

AFRICAN HARRIER-HAWK (GYMNOGENE) (Polyboroides) – This floppy-winged raptor is a rather scarce resident but provided good viewing for Chris and guests.

AFRICAN (ETHIOPIAN) SNIPE (Gallinago nigripennis) – while relatively common, this SNIPE is not a usual sighting at SIBUYA…we think it must be a localised nomad. It was seen by Chris, as it fed along the shoreline of the diminishing wetlands of Edendale.

A pair of GOLIATH HERONS (Ardea goliath)…the world’s largest herons, are back on the Estuary.

The largest flightless birds on the planet, the COMMON OSTRICH (Struthio camelus) have struggled to breed at SIBUYA but produced five chicks during August this year and so far have managed to fend off would-be predators. They’re also extremely delicate, will die with sudden weather changes and are susceptible to diseases so we’re really keeping our fingers crossed that this brood survive.

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

International Inbound Sports Tours Into South Africa

South Africa is a very large country which presents a number of destination options. School sports teams touring South Africa may prefer to visit one city only while others may decide to do more traveling and visit a number of cities.

Our service to visiting schools and clubs is comprehensive. We book and confirm every aspect of the touring schools sports tour. This will include accommodation, transport, supervision, excursions, meals, training and games.

Cape Town remains a very popular destination and is the perfect base from which to tour the garden route and even the Eastern Cape. A popular option is to fly into Port Elizabeth via Johannesburg and spend some time in this East Cape city before coaching up the Garden Route and visiting KnysnaGeorge or Mossel Bay before finishing off in Cape Town and returning home.

Durban is one of our warmer cities and combines well with a short visit up to the Hluhluwe national game reserve and can also be combined with a visit to Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands.

Most international flights come into South Africa via OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg. As a result it is an option to spend some time in the Gauteng area playing a game or two or visiting a game reserve in Bela Bela before flying down to the coast.

South Africans play all major sports including cricketrugbyhockey,footballnetballsquashtennis and water polo. Cricket and water polo are played in our summer (October – March) while rugby, football, netball and hockey remain winter sports (April – September).

For your information click on the map of South Africa below which will indicate more on the locations of the cities mentioned above. Below the map find the 2013 academic school calendar which gives some indication as to when our schools are open and available to compete in sports.

Click on the map for more info…

SA Schools Academic Calendar 2013 (.pdf)

SA Sports Tours

SA Sports Tours is a sports tour operator, specializing in Sports Tours to South AfricaRugby Tours to South AfricaCricket Tours to South AfricaSchool Sports Tours to Cape Town

KwaZulu-Natal’s Zululand

Zululand history, King Shaka, Ulundi, Eshowe and Richards Bay are some of the terms associated with the world-renowned region of KwaZulu-Natal’s Zululand.

The sheer majesty of Zululand will take your breath away. Under the hot African sun, the cobalt blue Indian Ocean, mangrove swamps and limpid lagoons give way to rolling green hills and indigenous forests which shimmer in the distance before they reach the Drakensberg Mountains.

While you are in Zululand, enjoy the welcoming wide smiles extended to you by the local people. Enjoy the comfortable accommodation in major towns, game lodges, to seashore cottages, Zulu homes or floating lake chalets.

Zululand teems with private and provincial game reserves which offer game-watching facilities as well as hiking and nature trails.

But it is probably ‘the Zulu experience‘ which will linger in your mind long after you have left Zululand. Take an ox wagon to Zulu villages of bee-hive huts and experience traditional Zulu hospitality, or a rural wedding ceremony, and if you wish visit a sangoma (traditional healer). You cannot leave without a visit to Ulundi, the site of the final battle fought in the Anglo-Zulu war. Nearby Zulu kings lie buried in the Emakhosini Valley. In total contrast are the township tours showcasing modern Zulu life including taverns, shebeens and traditional medicine shops.

Further inland lie tea plantations, cattle ranches and pretty, historical towns such as Vryheid and Paulpietersburg where you can relax in the therapeutic sulphur springs. Zululand, the heart and pulse of the Zulu Kingdom…

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!