Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The second one in the Walk on the wild side pictorial...
Birds and bees .. and other insects.

I have to explain that I am no bird or insect expert, so I take no responsibility for the correctness of the names of birds and insect species, sometimes I only know the Afrikaans name.

These are just photos taken in and around the organic garden at Makutsi Safari Springs.

Kingfisher on a wire

Some kind of bee "tasting" a Marigold

Another bee type creature playing in the Basil flowers

Citrus flutter-by

Loeries up a tree

It is for real, it is called a Fools gold beetle for obvious reasons. They love the leaves on the Sweet Potato plants and seeing that I do not want the leaves, only the Sweet Potatoes, they are most welcome.

Corn party!

Caught in the act! Shongololo. They mostly eat composting plant material, which makes them welcome in the garden, but every now and then one gets a bit ambitious or besides it needs a change in diet or something, they also seem to nibble on the peas every now and then, but the damage is never overwhelming. 

Birdy blue... comes for water and insects

Not exactly pretty but rather interesting creatures.

Yellow Billed Stalk

Last but not least, the clowns in the circus, the Hornbills. 

Next time a look at the actual veggies.....

Thursday, September 25, 2014


The garden project here at Makutsi has kept me so busy that I did not even get around to writing. The project is now nearing completion. 
I am going to place a few pictorial style articles, they say a picture speaks a thousand words.

The first in the "series" will be all about our wild visitors.

Barbarosa, our "resident" Giraffe, intimidating the staff, or maybe it is the other way around? He wonders in and out of the camp and you can easily recognize him by a long scar on his left hind leg.

The winters are long and dry and by the end of September green leafy things are rather rare, so the Nyala's starts visiting, we feed them old spinach and cabbage leaves and sometimes the greens from carrots we harvested.

Warthogs, such "badly designed" creatures, they have to stand on their knees to eat, the necks are to short and thick, but they make up with charm and snorts and the occasional fight with the Water buck over the mud puddle. 

Warthogs and Water buck

Water buck, such beautiful creatures, but you can smell them a mile away, not a very pleasant smell. In Afrikaans we call them Kringgat, which translates to "circle backside", it is a very descriptive name, I think.

Every more you make... I will be watching you...

Baboons! The problem with baboons is that they are intelligent creatures, not afraid of an electric fence and they work in teams and are experts at "hit and run".

Close encounter, crossing paths. At this point me and Mr. Cheetah was only about 20 meters (if that much)apart.

Another rather tense moment, with only a very flimsy little fence between me and Mr. Elephant, but all went well en he was just passing by...

Our paths crossed just about every morning, all Jackal acts as if they should be on medication, completely hyper active and always on the move and because of this, it is rather difficult to get one descent photo.

Bush buck, we see a lot of them, especially during winter months, they come and eat the green grass around the lodge. When you hear a dog barking out here, it is more than likely not a dog, but a Bush buck, they "bark" like a husky old dog.

Klipspringer, they are tiny little buck, this one is fully grown.

Duiker and Vervet monkeys. That "spike" on the Duiker's head is not a horn, it is hair that grows like that... 

Do not be fooled by that innocent little face, this is a little terror, found him inspecting the inside of my car once...

Members of the local Vervet clan

It just jump right in front of me...

Impala party

Easy does it...

and last but not least  ...

I dare you...

Nest time ... the birds and the bees (Insects)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

PROPHECIES AND PAP - So called food

Is it  just me or does this peace of pap look like a skeleton, maybe something prophetic about that...

Some of the staff sometimes eats their lunch in the garden. One of them threw a piece of left over pap (maize porridge) away about two weeks ago. All the maize in South Africa is now GMO. 

If you take into consideration that we have permanent baboon watch because, given half a chance, they steal all the corn and we have at least 3 different types of ants and a million other creatures crawling around looking for food. Nothing ate this pap! No other species even recognized it as food! It is also not rotting, like food should, it just seems to be getting harder and harder... 

What gets me very angry about the whole thing is that the people eating this “stuff” does not really have any idea what they are eating and even if they do, they do not have much of a choice, Africa runs on pap, it is inexpensive and available, problems is that this basic food source have been hijacked and turned into..... not sure what.