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June 29, 2015
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Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl at Gondwana

I heard a beautiful bird call at Kwena lodge recently and after following the sound I managed to spot this majestic silent hunter, The Spotted Eagle Owl. Hunting usually starts at dusk after a couple of hooting calls. They feed on mammals from small rodents and shrews up to the size of hares to birds, reptiles, frogs, […]

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June 23, 2015
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Autopsy of an Animal Carcass

animal carcass

Ever stumbled across a carcass that has been lying concealed in a thick bush and wondered what the story behind it is? Look at the picture again and see how it unfolds… Just by first glance at the carcass, we can already say a lot. 1. No skull present This might have been taken away […]

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June 19, 2015
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Conglomerate Rock on Gondwana

Conglomerate Rock

Conglomerate is a sedimentary rock that contains large (greater than two millimeters in diameter) rounded clasts. The space between the clasts is generally filled with smaller particles and/or a chemical cement that binds the rock together. Conglomerate can have a variety of compositions. Conglomerate forms where a sediment of rounded clasts at least two millimeters in diameter […]

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June 8, 2015
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Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are a social species that build paper like celled beats from wood pulp and saliva. These are attached to a sheltered overhang by a tough stalk of fibre coated in ant repellent. A fertilised female or queen begins the construction and is then joined by other females who form a small colony. The […]

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June 2, 2015
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4th Annual Home Owners Weekend


Gondwana Game Reserve would like to give a BIG thank you to all the home owners and friends who helped us last weekend at the 4th annual conservation weekend! We built an impressive gabion for a 4×4 road crossing to assist with erosion control. The site was based in a riverine area which has recently […]

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June 1, 2015
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The Candelabra Lily

Candelabra lily Gondwana

During Autumn the Brunsvigia bosmaniae also known as the candelabra lily can be seen flowering all over Gondwana. It produces a stunning floral display when little else is flowering in the veld. Its rounded, candelabra-like pink flower heads consist of 20 to 40 slightly tubular flowers which have a narcissus-like scent. Each flower head is held on a stalk which is […]

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May 25, 2015
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Cape Sugar Birds in Abundance

Cape Sugar Bird at Gondwana

Winter is just around the corner and with it brings an explosion of flowers, amongst which is one of Gondwana’s most common protea species, the bearded protea. Along with the flowering Proteas come the Cape Sugarbird, an endemic species to the region. Several Sugarbirds have already made their migration down from the higher altitude areas where […]

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May 18, 2015
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Termites | Interesting Facts


One afternoon during a short, sunny break on a rainy day, the skies became a buzz of life. Millions and millions of small flying insects seemed to have appeared out of the earth and taken flight.  I soon realized this was a very rare occurrence and these earth bending insects were fertile termites seeking to […]

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May 11, 2015
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The Cape Autumn Widow

Cape Autumn Widow

As we spend allot of time in the bush at Gondwana Game Reserve, we do not need a calendar to tell us that Autumn is soon approaching. Nature speaks to us in many ways! One of the ways it communicates is through the recent influx of the Cape Autumn Widow. This Butterfly is only found at […]

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May 8, 2015
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In the Spirit of Mothers Day, We Honour Our Mammoth Mothers of the Wild

mom and baby elephant Gondwana

Elephants are dedicated and caring mothers to their calves and provide emotional and physical support for three to five years, and may only wean in their tenth year of life or until a sibling is born. Mothers and daughters remain together for their entire lives. Family groups consist of an older matriarch, her daughters and […]

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