Monthly Archives: December 2013

School / Club Sports Tours to South Africa

SA Sports Tours is a full service (SATSA Bondedsports tour operator, specializing in school and club sports tours to South Africa.

We provide custom tours to schools and clubs looking to tour Soutrh Africa with eithersports or cultural groups and handle all the travel arrangements required directly fromSouth AfricaSA Sports Tours is not only SATSA bonded but can offer you 10+ years’ experience in customized group and sports tour travel.

School tours form the core of our business with annual summer (South African winter)Rugby tours proving to be the most popular.

With years of experience, we are aware of the time, logistics and the pressures that accompany international group travel. As a result our services include customized itineraries to suit your schools (or clubs) specific requirements in terms of group size, accommodation, transport, meals, excursions, training sessions and the strength of the opposition for the tour match fixturesWe 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 South African destination/s of your choice – contact us now for an itinerary estimate.

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Recovery of the critically endangered river pipefish

The Estuarine Pipefish is a very rare relative of the seahorse, which was once thought to be extinct. It is a small (maximum size 130mm) greenish-brown fish with close-set dark lines on the head and pale lines on the body. Like the seahorse, the male pipefish look after the embryos in a brood pouch and then give ‘birth’ to the young.


Longsnout Pipefish

Dr Whitfield and his team are studying the population numbers and condition of the Kariega estuary in the hope of finding a stable community of these fish.


Dr Whitfield with his draw-net

The estuarine system requires pulses of freshwater to support the zooplankton community on which the pipefish depend for food however further inland the Kariega is utilised to supply water to the surrounding urban and rural communities and the fresh water seldom makes it downstream. The heavy rains provide the needed freshwater however they can negatively impact the habitat

Dr Whitfield’s study involved sampling at 60 locations with a specifically designed net being drawn through the plant beds along the shallow banks of the estuary to discover what species were occurring in the area. Any species found are measured and recorded to also monitor how diversity changes with dry and wet years.


Longsnout Pipefish

The habitat of the estuarine pipefish is a submerged plant called Eelgrass. After the floods in 2012 most of the eelgrass beds were washed away and the population was dramatically affected. The remaining grass is cord grass which although suitable habitat when submerged it is often found higher on the river banks and so exposed during low tide.

The study in 2013 revealed that although the zooplankton community is thriving, the eelgrass beds have not recovered as quickly as the team were hoping and as a result there is plenty of food but very little suitable habitat remaining for the pipefish.

The 2012 study found one male estuarine pipefish though in 2013 no individuals were found.  However the 2013 study did see an increase in the number of longsnout pipefish found.

Various other species were found during the study including cape stumpnose, groovy mullet, Garrick, sole and bass.


Needle Fish

Sibuya’s staff are able to continue aiding the research throughout the year by collecting samples of the fish caught and kept. A second team are researching the carbon and nitrogen levels found in different species. This enables them to determine what level the species is in a food chain and the source of the food chain. They predict the source of the food chain will eventually be altered after the loss of the eelgrass habitat


Cob

Find out more about the esturine pipefish in the South African Journal of Science: Recovery of the critically endangered river pipefish, Syngnathus watermeyeri, in the Kariega Estuary, Eastern Cape province

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

Recipe: Crab and Prawn Curry on the riverside

Requirements:

  • One Kariega River (Accessible from Sibuya Game Reserve)
  • 2  freshly caught Mud Crab. Boil in lightly salted water (15 mins). Remove meat from shell (Or pieces can be added still in shell)
  • 24 Swimming Prawns (Optional delicious extra but seasonal in theKariega River)
  • 2 onions diced fine
  • 3 large tomatoes diced
  • 1 small tin tomato puree
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 Tbls  freshly grated ginger
  • 1 Tbls fresh diced coriander (Dhania)
  • 2 fresh red chilies
  • 2 Tbls red curry paste
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 can coconut milk

Heat pan with olive oil and fry onions, add ginger, chili and garlic.  Add curry paste, tomatoes & tomato puree once onions start browning.  Add coconut milk bring to the boil and then reduce heat. Add prawns and cook for 5min on medium heat. Add already cooked crab meat (or chunks in the shell) & lemon juice. Mix in coriander & serve with basmati rice.

This feast is best enjoyed with friends, a glass or two of wine on thebanks of the river as the sun sets.

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