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Wildebeest – Did you know?

The ungainly gnu (pronounced “g-new” or simply “new”) earned the Afrikaans name wildebeest, or “wild beast,” for the menacing appearance presented by its large head, shaggy mane, pointed beard, and sharp, curved horns.

  1. Wildebeest is a mammal that belongs to the family of antelopes and is one of the largest antelopes.
  2. Wildebeest looks like a close relative of a bovine because of its disproportionate body. It has large, box-shaped head, and strongly built front part of the body. Hindquarters are slender, just like in other antelopes.
  3. Wildebeest has a mane just like horse. Both males and females have curved horns.
  4. Wildebeest is a grazer. It eats mainly short grass. Wildebeest needs to drink water at least every other day.
  5. Calves (babies) are able to walk as soon as they are born. Few days after birth, babies can run with the rest of the herd.

 

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

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

 

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Great egret

The great egret (Ardea alba), also known as the common egret, large egret or (in the Old World) great white egret or great white heron is a large, widely distributed egret, with four subspecies found in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and southern Europe. Distributed across most of the tropical and warmer temperate regions of the world. It builds tree nests in colonies close to water and commonly seen on the banks of the Kariega River on the Sibuya Game Reserve.

Description

The great egret is a large heron with all-white plumage.  Apart from size, the great egret can be distinguished from other white egrets by its yellow bill and black legs and feet, though the bill may become darker and the lower legs lighter in the breeding season.  It has a slow flight, with its neck retracted. The great egret walks with its neck extended and wings held close. The great egret is not normally a vocal bird; it gives a low hoarse croak when disturbed, and at breeding colonies, it often gives a loud croaking cuk cuk cuk and higher-pitched squawks.

Distribution and conservation

The great egret is generally a very successful species with a large and expanding range, occurring worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. The species adapts well to human habitation and can be readily seen near wetlands and bodies of water in urban and suburban areas.

Diet

The great egret feeds in shallow water or drier habitats, feeding mainly on fish, frogs, small mammals, and occasionally small reptiles and insects, spearing them with its long, sharp bill most of the time by standing still and allowing the prey to come within its striking distance of its bill which it uses as a spear. It will often wait motionless for prey, or slowly stalk its victim.

Sibuya Forest Camp Upgrade

Tucked away in a secluded nook of the forest overlooking the River, is this very inviting swing seat. Comfortably positioned, there is tremendous appeal in the idea of spending time having a little siesta or listening to shy feathered friends in the surrounding forest or quietly waiting for a timid antelope to appear on the opposite river bank. Just absorbing the tranquillity of Sibuya is marvellous therapy in itself…. come share the magic…

 

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

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

Southern double-collared sunbird

This sunbird is common in gardens, fynbos, forests and coastal scrub. The southern double-collared sunbird breeds from April to December, depending on region. The closed oval nest is constructed from grass, lichen and other plant material, bound together with spider webs. It has a side entrance which sometimes has a porch, and is lined with wool, plant down and feathers.

The southern double-collared sunbird (as seen in the photo captured below while walking about in the Sibuya Game Reserve) is usually seen singly or in small groups. Its flight is fast and direct on short wings. It lives mainly on nectar from flowers, but takes some fruit, and, especially when feeding young, insects and spiders. It can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perches to feed most of the time.

Southern Double-Collared Sunbird

The call is a hard chee-chee, and the song is high pitched jumble of tinkling notes, rising and falling in pitch and tempo for 3–5 seconds or more.

Black-backed jackal

Black-backed Jackals are a widely distributed species that are known for their cunning and daring, and regularly seen on Sibuya Game Reserve. They are often seen nipping in to steal a morsel from Lions on a kill. Mainly nocturnal but seen regularly during the day, this handsome animal has a call to remember. The Black-backed Jackal feeds on small mammals, reptiles, birds, eggs, carrion and fruit. They do scavenge but are hunters in their own right.


This very young Jackal pup sits virtually under its mother on one of its earliest ‘out of the den experiences’. A very lucky daytime sighting! Jackals are known to form strong family units and pair for life.

Breeding

1 – 6 (rarely 9) young are born from July – October after a gestation period of about 2 months.

Spoor Description

Neat, small, dog-like tracks 5 cm long.

Wildlife on Sibuya Game Reserve

There was great excitement when SIBUYA brought in two new superbBUFFALO BULLS (Syncerus caffer) to boost the gene pool. Fortunately the re-location went extremely well… a huge relief as things can go very wrong in a flash when dealing with wild animals.

These two studs came from the arid Free State where there has been a long drought, so heads down and grazing… we don’t think they’d ever seen so much grass! One of them has proved to be elusive in the extreme and has only appeared briefly twice to seemingly check his harem. Even though the herd seemed to accept him without much ado, he disappeared into the thicket again. We’re not sure what he’s up to, but he seems to have chosen to be a loner and thankfully according to reports, is looking fat and flourishing.


ONE OF OUR NEW BUFFALO STUD BULLS


ELEPHANT BULL ON WALK ABOUT

A couple of months ago two of the Big 5 Species – ELEPHANTS (Loxodonta Africana) and the BUFFALOES (Syncerus caffer) suddenly decided to cross over the Kariega River Estuary for the first time and go exploring the south-western side of SIBUYA. The two largest bull ELEPHANTS arrived on the doorstep of FOREST CAMP during the night and gave everyone heart-stopping moments while noisily crashing down trees and undergrowth as they guzzled.

Until they realized that they weren’t under attack by aliens, everyone in Camp was on edge. Bryan shone his torch in the direction of the ‘attack’ and when the intruders were identified, everyone burst out laughing and relaxed considerably! What an experience!

The BUFFALO herd, who had also gone on walk-about were found days later contentedly lying in the grass on a hillside, taking the breezes and chewing their cud as they seemed to admire the view of the sparkling Ocean in the distance.

What a lovely life!

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

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

The Sibuya Summer of 2014

WHEW! It’s been HOT ‘n HUMID!!! Some days the temperature has been hovering in the low 40s with humidity at 96%… Sweltering!

We’ve had a wonderful couple of months at SIBUYA except for the fact that there hasn’t been much rain and the dams are shrinking fast in the incredible heat we’ve been having.

The Christmas Season was extremely busy with the weather being fantastic for all holiday-makers. Sibuya Catering laid on a feast of note for Christmas lunch and Ella and her team created a wonderful display to celebrate the Festive Season.

There are a large variety of magnificent butterflies everywhere at this time of the year, all busily flitting along doing ‘butterfly-business’. Extremely challenging to photograph but beautiful to look at as they sail by, are the MOCKER SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio dardanus cenea) and the GREEN-BANDED SWALLOWTAIL (Papilio nireus lyaeus) seen below feeding on the nectar of the Weeping Bride’s Bush.


Mocker Swallowtail


Green-Banded Swallotail

Many adorable babies have been born over the entire Reserve … zebra, impala, giraffe, buffalo, waterbuck and rhino (the 7th male calf in a row!) to name but a few. The baby elephant is still a favourite among guests as he’s always full of antics and even loves to mock-charge the Game Drive Vehicles.

A close second is the latest baby rhino, who also seems to love performing for his audience. Great video footage and some good laughs have been had by all!


Dinky Giraffe


Baby Rhino Playing


King of the Castle

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

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