Posts in the Category: African Bushveld

impala

Every single species of plant, animal and other type of living organism on earth has a Latin name. In fact, some only have a Latin name and no English or ‘common name’. It should be noted that about 70% of so-called Latin names are actually Greek or at best a combination of Greek and Latin!   

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Salayexe & cub

Typical of this time of year the bush is thriving with new life, within the impala population. Opportunistic predators will naturally take advantage of the extremely easy prey of new born lambs. In this ‘season of plenty’, Salayexe the leopard and her cub have been the subject of many incredible sightings for visitors to Arathusa.   

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Mvula

As Mvula reaches the end of his dominance, he is slowly losing territory to his rival, Tingana. It is only a matter of time before he will be pushed out completely. Mvula enjoyed a lengthy dominance in this area, and has been very successful in furthering his blood line. His deteriorating state reflects his age,   

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Bushshrike

Image courtesy of outdoorphoto.co.za The grey-headed bushshrike is a strongly built, medium-sized bird with a thick robust recurved beak. It is well-adapted to the skillful capture and killing of various types of prey. When preying on a snake, the grey-headed bushshrike usually grabs the snake from behind the head to avoid being bitten and envenomated   

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After a good breakfast, we headed out for a bush walk to take a look at some of the smaller species that we usually miss when we are out on a gamedrive. The day was overcast and humid, so the birds were all vocal and giving a full chorus of whistles and clicks. Included in   

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Sickle-Bush-2

The Sickle Bush tree The sickle bush is one of South Africa’s contributions to medicinal plants. It has antibiotic properties and is used successfully for numerous conditions, including stomach complaints, pneumonia (chest complaints can be relieved by burning the roots and inhaling the smoke), toothache, abscesses, dysentery, gonorrhoea and intestinal worms – but to name   

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Magic Gwarri

The Magic Gwarri is my favourite tree. It is named after its use in divining water. A long time ago, the Magic Gwarri used to be called ‘The Toothbrush Tree’, courtesy of its young twigs which can be used as an effective toothbrush. After peeling the bark away from the base of the twig, the   

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