Category Archives: Bush Facts

BUSH FACTS #15 – PANGOLIN

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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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BUSH FACTS #14 – SHAKATI AT NIGHT

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Welcome to the fourteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking Shakati at Night. Shakati Private Game Reserve has an abundant night life – and you can experience this by booking one of our famous night drives.

This article focuses on some of the things to see at Shakati during the night time:

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SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #13 – GREEN WOOD HOOPOE

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Welcome to the thirteenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the Green Wood-Hoopoe. The Green Wood-Hoopoe is a common sighting at Shakati Private Game reserve, and definitely livens up the Veld with its distinct call.

Look out for the Green Wood-Hoopoe close to the Chalets or close to the watering hole (you will usually hear them before you see them)

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SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #12 – CRITTERS OF THE VELD

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Welcome to the twelve edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at some of the critters found in the veld. There are some awesome creatures to be found at Shakati if you look closely.

When you look closely at the Veld there is an abundance of life to be seen, and if you really look closely you can see some weird and wonderful creatures. Some of them includes: Moths, Reptiles, Beetles, Dragonflies and Frogs. Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #12 – CRITTERS OF THE VELD

SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #11 – SHAKATI FIVE

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Welcome to the eleventh edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this special edition, we will be introducing you to the Shakati 5. The Shakati 5 was created to represent the Bio Diversity of Shakati and represents different areas of our fauna and Flora.

We all know the Big, Small, Little and Ugly five, but the Shakati 5 gives a unique perspective, as it provides a view of all the natural wonders found on Shakati

The Shakati 5 includes:

  • Grey Hornbill – Representing the Avian category
  • Bat Eared Fox – Representing the Animal Kingdom
  • Dung Beetle – Representing the Critters of the Field
  • Monkey Apple – Representing the flora (also called monkey orange)
  • Bush – Representing the Habitat

Have fun identifying these on Shakati! Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #11 – SHAKATI FIVE

SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #10 – UGLY FIVE

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Welcome to the tenth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the ugly five. In the first article in this series, we looked at the little five, in second article; we will focus on the shy five. In this, the third and last article in this series focuses on the Ugly five.

The “Ugly” five includes the hyena, wildebeest, vulture, warthog and the marabou stork. In reality this list was created, as a fun list as there is not “ugly” animals as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, thus have fun in spotting these majestic and interesting looking animals. Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #10 – UGLY FIVE

SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #9 – SHY FIVE

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Welcome to the ninth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the shy five. In the first article in this series, we looked at the little five, and in this article, we will focus on the shy five. This article is the second in the 3 part series, which covers: the little five, the shy five and finally the ugly five.

The Shy 5 concept was first introduced by Meerkat Magic for animals found in the Karoo, but the terminology quickly spread to other regions. The Shy five are mostly nocturnal animals, except for the Meerkat, and usually keep a low profile. Thus, book your night drive now at Shakati, to have a chance to spot these nocturnal animals.

The shy five consist of Meerkat, Aardvark, Porcupine, Aardwolf and the Bat-eared fox. Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #9 – SHY FIVE

SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #8 – THE LITTLE FIVE

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Welcome to the eighth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In this edition, we will be looking at the little five. This is the first article of a 3 part series, which covers: the little five, the shy five and finally the ugly five.

South Africa have a rich biodiversity and one of the big attractions is the Big Five (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino). However, these animals are not the only attraction to the Bush, as there are many more interesting critters in the veld.

The Little five consist of Elephant Shrew, Buffalo Weaver, Leopard Tortoise, Antlion and Rhino Beetle. Each of these magnificent critters shares their name with one of the Big Five, and has similar trademarks. Thus, when you go on a game drive or stay at the lodge watch out for these remarkable critters. Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #8 – THE LITTLE FIVE

SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #7 – MOKOLO RIVER

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Welcome to the Seventh edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In the article, we will be focusing on the Mokolo River, which runs side by side with Shakati Private Game Reserve. Rivers are an important lifeline for the bush, and contain its own ecosystem.

How does the Mokolo River flow?

Shakati RIver - HDR (3)

The Mokolo River starts in the Waterberg Mountains between the koppies (Confluence of the Sand River with the Grootspruit River), and flows through a steep gorge into the Vaalwater town. From there it flows past Shakati via flat area until it enters the Mokolo Dam. From the Mokolo Dam it flows past another gorge where it finally enters the Limpopo River. Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #7 – MOKOLO RIVER

SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #6 – BIRDER FRIENDLY

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Welcome to the Sixth edition of Shakati Bush Facts. In the article, we will be focusing on Shakati Private Game Reserve being Birder friendly. Shakati private Game reserve is committed to the preservation of all wildlife, and promoting the conservation of our feathered friends.

Due to the importance of being a Birder friendly establishment, we decided to expand this article to include where Shakati fits in with Birder Friendly Routes.

Shakati Private Game reserve has prolific birdlife, one of the highest bird diversities in the Waterberg with over 260 confirmed types of birds (Refer to Shakati Bird List for a full list of our birds to date) Continue reading SHAKATI BUSH FACTS #6 – BIRDER FRIENDLY