Gondwana's 4 seasons

Seasons

Gondwana’s  Seasons

SUMMER

Month November – February
Fynbos Highlights Yellow pincushion comes out just in time for Christmas
Birding Highlights South Africas national bird the Blue Crane, find refuge on Gondwana where they breed and raise their chicks on the plains.
Wildlife Highlights Antelope species continue to produce young. Black wildebeest calfs and impala lambs are abundant
Average temp:
Low Temp:
High Temp:
20.3C
10C
33.7C

FALL

Month March-May
Fynbos Highlights Fynbos in full bloom – Ericas, red bearded Protea
Birding Highlights We welcome back nomadic nectar feeding bird species such as the Cape Sugarbirdbird and Orange breasted Sunbird. Species such as the male Malachite Sunbird moults into its metallic green plumage.
Wildlife Highlights Many antelope species such as impala go into rutting season where they challenge each other in noisy, boisterous disputes in a struggle to gain and hold a territory.
Avg Temp
low Temp
High temp
17.9C
7C
31.9C

WINTER

Month
Fynbos Highlights Purple Erica in bloom – “heather on the hills”
Birding Highlights Nectivores abundant – sunbirds & sugarbirds
Average temp
Low Temp
High Temp
13.9C
7.5
27.7C

SPRING

Month September – October
Fynbos Highlights Sweet thorn acacia (Acacia karoo)will start to flower, attracting bees to pollinate the bright yellow flowers.
September bush (Polygala myrtifolia) flowering with bright pink flowers (leaves are made into a poultice for treating gout)
Birding Highlights Burchells coucal: also called the rain bird has started calling. The Zulu culture believe that one should plant your crops when this bird calls as rain is expected.
Migratory birds: We say good bye to many of the sunbirds as they migrate to higher altitudes, but we welcome back the summer residents, red chested cuckoo, didericks Cuckoo, White rumped swifts, European swallows
Wildlife Highlights Reptiles have become active: many snakes (puffadders, boom slang, night adder, karoo padloper)
Eland, red hartebeest, gemsbok are calving with many babies seen on the reserve
Average temp
Low Temp
HIgh temp
15.9C
7.9C
31.9C
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