Category Archives: insects

sweet/bitter: senuko seasons past and yet to come

Watch out! Many gorgeous flowers such as my Adenium swazicum, harbour a resident crab spider, cute but deadly…(if you are the size of a fly)… Bitter Sweet reminisces… Our year past, 2017, at our bush house, Tsavene, has been one … Continue reading

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Sandforest in the wet season; Millipedes and butterflies at Mahenye

A wet season wonderland awaits in the sandforest of Mahenye…life in the raw, strange and wonderful, beautiful and fierce…from the gorgeous wild hibiscus  in the sand forest near Chilo, admired by Rich Thornycroft…. to the frantic millipede desperately trying to escape … Continue reading

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Baobab skins get a coat of chain mail; Elephants get something else to eat…..

I am always tickled by the look-alike skins of baobabs and elephants…from baobab trunk… to elephant trunk… and the wrinkled limbs such as this foreleg… and this tiny little leg disappearing into the baobab trunk below…has that baby really just … Continue reading

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Long distance flyers honour us with their gentle presence for a few months of our wilderness year…

Falco amurensis breeds in South Eastern Siberia and Northern China Here at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, we watch these gentle raptors wheel in their dozens, sometimes hundreds, above our decks….chasing the seething masses of flying ants that erupt with good … Continue reading

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Valentine’s day preparations…Cute kissing slugs, bugs and orange Crossandra Flowers

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day… Today, Friday 13th…Kelli, the cruise ship traveller, gets to San Diego on her ship today, off to Hawaii tomorrow…hard work but wonderful travel experience… A beautiful day dawns for me, at Chilo… An amazing grasshopper on … Continue reading

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Hyenas and Owl at Sunrise, Baobab pulp for breakfast;Tiepolo sky, Moths and Mango at Sunset……

Sunrise brings a watery radiance, the promise of rain, as two hyenas chat to each other in subdued voices across the Save River and as I relax with coffee, in the chair on my veranda at Chilo, a young owl flies off … Continue reading

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Mahenye Sand Forest; Secret Paths and Millipedes; Special Birds and Botany

A trip to the Mahenye Sand Forest from Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge in the rainy season is a voyage of discovery…. First comes the ride through the Mahenye Village, a haven of big trees, hand painted huts and friendly faces…   This … Continue reading

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