March 2016 was an eventful month on the Reserve, a busy time with school holidays and the Easter period.
Report back: Members’ information evening held on 02 March 2016
Feedback is intended to assist and inform those who were unable to attend.
We had 17mm of rain last night, with more forecast for today and a bit tomorrow. They are soaking, soft rains which is excellent for the grasses, with very little run-off. This means that the river is not running.
Click here to read this interesting report on the drought.
As anticipated, a new troop of baboons has found that the camp is void of their kind. The large trees along the river are attractive for roosting at night, and there is no doubt their acute eyesight and sense of smell has detected there is the possibility of food about, other than the natural pickings they forage in the savanna. Mostly they are out of camp during the day, but by late afternoon they come into camp, spoilt choice of roosting opportunities.
There are limited man power resources, and as baboons are a part of the local ecosystem, we cannot chase baboons from camp 24/7.
Please be aware of their renewed presence, and take the necessary precautions to ensure we don’t offer them easy pickings from Bungalow kitchens and patios. Keep food out of sight and secure your bungalows when not in residence or out on game drives.
Historically we used the collected fire ash from bungalows in our composting, when processing the waste in the Dirt Box. Sadly this "composting" opportunity is no longer available to management because the majority of ash bins are filled with all sorts of other refuse.
The Flame Creeper (Combretum microphyllum) when in flower is a brightly coloured creeper to look out for on your travels around Ingwelala. It is sometimes mistaken for a parasitic plant, advertising itself with a majestic display of red to crimson colour.
Ingwelala Work Parties:
The dates for 2016 have been fixed in the calendar:
25 & 26 April
08 & 09 July
02 & 03 October