Honeyguide News - Winter 2010
Summer has passed, autumn has come and gone and winter has descended on the Manyeleti. Not a freezing winter but the mild, more than acceptable winter that we have in the Manyeleti.
On the morning safari, a light jacket and our Honeyguide warm water bottle is more than enough to keep the chill at bay whereas in the afternoon and early evenings a fleece would suffice. All in all we are enjoying this mild weather in the bush. We have the occasional cold spell but in general our guides would call this weather fresh not cold.
The flora has been altered a little by the cooler temperatures and seasonally diminishing rainfall in the reserve and our lush surrounds have changed the from pea green to shades of yellow and gold, the deciduous trees still cling to some red, orange and yellow leaves.
It has been an exciting few months in the African bush. Impala breeding season has just completed with the male impalas strutting their stuff for the attention of the female impala’s. Quite amusing as they cavort, parade and fight for the right to breed with the female herds. Some species have not waited for the end of the rain season and our large buffalo herds already have young calves. Our resident large male lion “Mandevu” is now father to two cubs All in Manyeleti are interested to see what the coming months will bring for these two little cubs.
The change in seasons, change in insect abundance and fruiting trees have affected the birding sightings with many species migrating to other climates for our winter. However hornbills, starlings, vultures, lilac breasted rollers, bateleur eagles and many more remain in abundance in the Manyeleti.
In the South of the Reserve we have had special sightings of two leopard cubs, both inquisitive and bold around the game viewers and we hope that they will continue to bring good sightings in the area. With their photogenic nature, the leopards put on a special show for all lucky Honeyguide visitors. The two new cubs gave our rangers scare a few weeks back when they were viewed, without their mother, playing with a large puff adder, Luckily the incident ended with the puff adder moving off into the bush, the curious nature of the cubs not leading to their early demise.
This winter we have many of our guests joining us on an African safari as part of their soccer world cup trip. This much anticipated event is finally here on African soil. We have temporarily turned our children’s room at our Khoka Moya camp into a football viewing room for those guests not wanting to miss out on the matches.
Even though each member of the Honeyguide and Manyeleti family have there own alternative favorite country to win the coveted world cup, the camp team is firmly behind Bafana Bafana.
We have even had some debates as to which animals should play in which position on a Manyeleti football field, least to say we all agree an elephant should be a goal keeper, something to do with the big ear
About a month, we spotted a pack of wild dogs on drive and noticed that no less than three females in the pack were pregnant. We believe the pack has their den south of the reserve and that after a customary dening period of two to three months we can expect the pack and their new pups in to visit again. Just in time to see who wins the soccer world cup.
We look forward to your visit.
With warmest regards from the Honeyguide Team.
Submitted by David Koning