It may be small but it is all good. Sibuya Game Reserve, near the village of Kenton on Sea unique especially because of it’s river approach has just had a new addition. A baby rhino brought into the world safely some time last month. The rhino close-up sightings that I experienced on my stays at the Reserve are some of the best I have ever had….and with the scourge that rhino poaching has become this member of the BIG 5 has to be on everyone’s ‘bucket list’. The birding at the moment also appears to be fantastic with recent sightings of a pair of young bataleurs, a pair of barn owls and especially exciting the Narina Trogon.
I’m not sure when I last had a sighting of a beautiful sable antelope, so it was with interest that I’ve read that Mount Camdeboo Reserve in the Karoo, one of the ‘experiences’, featured on the Isiko Tours website, has recently acquired a new Sable breeding bull. He will join a group of breeding heifers and will help to expand the genetic diversity of the group. Winter is a wonderful time to visit the Karoo with clear days that show off the magnificent landscape at its best and fantastic night skies that glisten with a million stars. Mount Camdeboo is reaching out this winter to customers who would prefer a self-catering option, which is a really great idea. Check out www.isikotours.co.za for details
The threat of mining on the Wild Coast just cannot be laid to rest it would seem. Only last year the Minister of Mineral Resources withdrew mining rights from Transworld on the basis that there were outstanding environmental issues that needed to be addressed. Now it seems as if the Ministry may have been convinced that environmental damage will be minimised and mining should go ahead. This is a real blow to the local Amadiba community who are putting a lot of effort into fledgling tourism ventures which will, if managed carefully, provide them with a sustainable future. Fortunately there are groups, the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and Sustaining the Wild Coast (SWC) who are actively campaigning to have this decision changed. Our voices need to be added to their call.