Monthly Archives: October 2014

Kariega River Clean Up

On Saturday 20 September 2014 Sibuya Game Reserve participated in the Kariega River Clean up by transporting all chosen participants from the SST schools programme and Ikamvalesizwe Rotary Interact group and the 5 adult volunteers up river.

River-Cleanup-Cover

With 21 full bags of rubbish weighing 80 kg and totalling 1124 items cleared from the river banks of the Kariega River, the clean-up hosted by the Environmental Conservation Group (ESG) was a huge success.

The ESG based in Kenton-on-Sea includes the Sustainable Seas Trust, Ndlambe Municipality Environmental Office, Bushmans Kariega Estuary Care Forum, WESSA, the Kariega Project, the Rotary conservation Wing and other conservation activists based in the area.

Before the River Clean commenced all partakers were briefed on the importance of river clean-ups and coastal and estuary care.

The following items found their way to the official dumpsite:  26 paper bags, 225 plastic bags, 245 plastic beverage bottles, 97 glass beverage bottles, 23 beverage cans, 75 bottle caps/lids, 20 items of clothing/shoes, 31 items such as cups, plates, and cutlery.

After the long and tiring; yet effective; hard day’s work Kenton Rotary hosted a pleasant lunch braai which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

A river bank clean-up is so appropriate and of great importance as marine debris does not necessarily come from the ocean, but is dumped further inland and washed down rivers into the oceans.

Statistics from the 1999 ICC showed that 59 % of debris collected was from land sources. Each year there is a vast increase in the number of marine animals injured or entangled in marine debris.

Senior Environmental Conservationist at Ndalmbe Municipality, William Bode, believes that this should definitely become an annual event, as not only did the children do a brilliant job in cleaning up the estuary/river, but it was a great experience for them which he is sure most of them will treasure for a very long time.

Thanks again to everyone for making it such a huge success.

Sibuya Game Reserve

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

Visit Sibuya’s Forest Camp, River Camp or Bush Lodge for the ultimate African Safari adventure.

Sibuya offers team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.

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African Buffalo Facts

Depending on the subspecies, African buffalo range in color from dark brown or black (in savannah-living races) to bright red (forest buffalo). The body is heavy-set, with stocky legs, a large head, and short neck. There are no distinct markings on the body, although forest buffalo tend to darken with age and may thus have dark patches mingled with the red base color. The ears are large and tend to droop; they are edged by a long fringe of hairs, including two white tufts in forest buffalo. Both male and female African buffalo have horns; in savannah buffalo, these are hook-shaped, curving first downwards and then hooking up and inwards, and growing up to 160 cm long. The horns of males are larger than females, and in males the bases of the horns expand into a known as a “boss”. Forest buffalo have much shorter horns (no more than 40 cm long) which are relatively straight and which sweep backwards in line with the forehead.

African buffalo will breed year-round if conditions allow, but where water is scarce most births occur during the wet season. At birth, the calf is lighter than the adults; baby savannah buffalo are usually dark reddish-brown, while baby forest buffalo are usually bright red.

African buffalo may be active throughout the day and night; on average, 18 hours per day are spent foraging and moving. Herds usually occupy a stable home range; in savannah buffalo, these areas may be 126 to 1,075 square kilometers in size. African buffalo are formidable animals on account of their large size, large herds, and large horns. Herds will stick together and may charge as a unit when threatened, a tactic which ensures that predators have difficulty preying on even young and feeble animals. Oxpeckers and cattle egrets are birds which frequently accompany buffalo, feeding on insects flushed from the grass as the buffalo walk and also eating biting insects from the buffalo’s skin. Regular use of mud wallows also helps protect buffalo from insects.

African buffalo are found in a variety of habitats, including open savannah, woodlands, and rainforest. Once ranging widely in sub-Saharan Africa, the distribution of this species has shrunk due to hunting and disease issues. The approximate range is depicted in the map below.

Range Map
(After IUCN Antelope Specialist Group, 2008)

The estimated total population is just under one million animals, although this species is in decline over most of its range.

Sibuya Game Reserve

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

Visit Sibuya’s Forest Camp, River Camp or Bush Lodge for the ultimate African Safari adventure.

Sibuya offers team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.