September 2015

We are excited about the prospects of spring in the air and are looking forward to the first rain and the different shades of green and veld flowers that will come with it.  

 

We have already welcomed amongst others, 2 baby giraffes, a beautiful rare white eland calve and quite a few impala, reed bucks and nyalas.

 

The Fourie’s, Dreyers and Johnsons all started with the construction of their homes in Sunset Creek and we are really happy to see more and more residents on Lekwena.  

 

Our newsletter on various birds on Lekwena was so popular that we decided to give more info on some of the trees that grow on Lekwena.

 

The first (and obvious) choice is the Highveld Cabbage Tree (Cussonia paniculata, the very tree which inspired the name of Kiepersol (Afrikaans for Cabbage Tree). The soft wood of the cabbage tree was a light colour and was once used for brake pads of wagons.  Cabbage trees are well suited to growing on the northern slopes of the hills on Lekwena.

Another tree commonly seen on Lekwena is the White Stinkwood (Celtis Africana), a medium to large deciduous tree with a smooth light grey bark. Interesting the note the White Stinkwood tree serves as a food source to larvae of certain butterfly species.

 

The Common Hook Thorn (Acacia caffra), a shrubby medium sized tree common to the bushveld an grasslands of our region is also a common sight on Lekwena. Leaves and seedpods are eaten by animals and some parts of these trees are also used in traditional medicine.

 

You are welcome to book your game drive with us to experience the season’s changes on Lekwena for yourself.