BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA

BFE logoInclusion in Birdlife South Africa

It is with great pride that we announce that Shakati has been included into Birdlife South Africa’s birder friendly establishments.

Shakati is now visible on the Birder Friendly Establishment website.

http://birdlife.org.za/gobirding/birder-friendly-establishments/item/386#shakati-private-game-reserve

This means that Shakati has been recognised in its efforts into Birdlife Conservation

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Birdlife South Africa

http://www.birdlife.org.za/

“The vision of BirdLife South Africa is to see a country and region where nature and people live in greater harmony, more equitably and sustainably. BirdLife South Africa’s mission is to strive to conserve birds, their habitats and biodiversity through scientifically-based programmes, through supporting the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources and through encouraging people to enjoy and value nature.  BirdLife South Africa is a registered non-profit and public benefit environmental organization and produces its own birds and birdwatching magazine, African Birdlife.”

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BUSH FACTS #21 – BIRDING HOTSPOTS

Overview

Welcome to the 21st edition of Shakati Bush facts. In this special edition we will be sharing exciting news, and share where are the most popular birding sites on Shakati.

 

Inclusion in Birdlife South Africa

BFE logo

It is with great pride that we announce that Shakati has been included into Birdlife South Africa’s birder friendly establishments.

Shakati is now visible on the Birder Friendly Establishment website.

http://birdlife.org.za/gobirding/birder-friendly-establishments/item/386#shakati-private-game-reserve

This means that Shakati has been recognized in its efforts into Birdlife Conservation

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BUSH FACTS #20 – FIERY NECKED NIGHTJAR

Overview

Welcome to the Twentieth edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on one of our feathered night friends – the Fiery Necked Nightjar. It’s distinctive and frequently uttered call is rendered as ‘good-lord-deliver-us’, and thus makes one of the most beautiful night sounds at Shakati.

 

Name

The Fiery Necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus pectoralis) is identified in Robert’s 7th edition: bird number 405 and commonly known by the following names:

Afrikaanse naguil [Afrikaans]; Udebeza [Xhosa]; uZavolo (also applied to European nightjar) [Zulu]; Rumbamba (generic term for nightjar) [Kwangali]; Leuwauwe [North Sotho]; Datiwa (generic name for nightjar) [Shona]; Malwelwe (generic term for nightjar) [Swazi]; Kubhasti (generic term for nightjar) [Tsonga]; Leubauba, Mmapheke, Tshogwi (all 3 are generic terms for nightjar) [Tswana]; Roesthalsnachtzwaluw [Dutch]; Engoulevent musicien [French]; Rotnacken-nachtschwalbe [German]; Noitibó-de-pescoço-dourado [Portuguese]

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BUSH FACTS #19 – SOUTHERN YELLOW-BILLED HORNBILL

Overview

Welcome to the nineteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill.

Name

The Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) is known by several names, which includes:

Geelbekneushoringvoël [Afrikaans]; Suidelike geelbekneushoringvoël [Afrikaans]; Rukoko (generic term for hornbills with red or yellow bills) [Kwangali]; Goto, Hoto (generic names for hornbill) [Shona]; Nkorho (generic term for smaller hornbills) [Tsonga]; Kôrwê [Tswana]; Geelsnaveltok [Dutch]; Calao leucomèle [French]; Gelbschnabeltoko [German]; Calau-de-bico-amarelo [Portuguese]

Robertson’s Bird ID: 459

Identification

Hornbill - Identification

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BUSH FACTS #18 – GIRAFFE’S

Overview

Welcome to the eighteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on our famous Giraffes. Giraffes are fascinating animals due to its massive size, and in this article we will shed some light on some of the details around them.

 

Where does the name Giraffe come from?

The Giraffe name was first used in Arabia and comes from the word zarāfah meaning fast-walker. The Italians used the name giraffe around 1590s and the English name was used from around 1600 and were derived from Camelopard which were a combination of Greek words meaning camel and leopard.

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BUSH FACTS #17 – SHAKATI’S SAVANNAHS

Overview

Welcome the seventeenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be looking at the Savannahs’ of Shakati. Shakati have several savannah plains, which includes: Blesbok plain, Elands Hoogte, Impala Plain, Koedoes vlakte, River Plain and Wildebeest plain.

What is a Savannah?

The word Savannah comes from the latin name Zauana, and was first used by a Englishman Peter Martyr, which reported it as the local name for the plain around Comagre, the court of the cacique Carlos in present-day Panama.

A savannah consists of a mixed woodland grassland ecosystem. The trees or bush are sufficiently widely spaced so that the canopy does not close. A Savannah consist thus of primarily grass where animals can freely move around, and graze on an unbroken herbaceous layer consisting primarily of grasses. The savannah is a grassland ecosystem characterized wildly spaced trees with an open canopy covering approximately 20% or the earth surface area Continue reading BUSH FACTS #17 – SHAKATI’S SAVANNAHS

BUSH FACTS #16 – SHAKATI’S ECOSYSTEM

Overview

Welcome to the sixteenth edition of Shakati Bush facts. In this edition we will be focusing on Shakati’s location, Plant communities/habitats, and animal life, food and water habits. We focus on the environment as this is an essential part of our ecosystem

 

Physical location

The reserve is located close to the southern turning circle at an altitude of approx. 1000-1100 meters. The annual rainfall is approx. 600 mm. / Year, which falls in the summer period October-March, while the period April-September is dry. The underground is sandstone / sandy soil up to 7 km depth. In summer the day / night temperature is around 30/20 while day / night the temperature in winter is 20/5 degrees. Continue reading BUSH FACTS #16 – SHAKATI’S ECOSYSTEM

BUSH FACTS #15 – PANGOLIN

Overview

Welcome to the fifteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition we will be sharing with you a special find which we have made on the Shakati Private Game Reserve, namely the Ground Pangolin! We are quite excited to share this find with you!

Ground Pangolin

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