The end of winter in the Lowveld region of South Africa means the end of the long dry season. Spring has arrived and with it comes all the wonderful things the season has to offer.
Buds on the Sickle Bush open into bright yellow and pink flowers creating brilliant splashes of summer sunshine. Sausage Trees and Weeping Boer Beans are flowering in shades of red from brilliant scarlet to deep ruby. The Marula trees stand majestic in their grassy setting showing an odd tendency for new leaves to appear on just one branch at a time. Wild flowers are brightening up the drab winter landscape. The bush turns from a muted grey beige colour into a brilliant spring green.
The waterholes are crowded with wildlife delighting in the water. Buffalo and warthogs wallow in the mud. Many animals have recently borne young and are nurturing youngsters in the bush. Giraffe’s incredibly long tongue is clearly visible as it strips the new leaves off the branches. Baboons perch gingerly in the trees, browsing greedily on tasty flowers.
Temperatures are warming and hot days blend with mild evenings and cool breezes, making for some great game viewing in the early morning and late afternoon.
Spring also puts a smile on any keen birders face. Many birds are in their mating pairs, notably among them the Bateleur, Tawny Eagles and the magnificent Martial Eagle. The very first European bird migrants are starting to return to their summer home in the South.
It’s the perfect time to come and enjoy all the splendours the great outdoors has to offer. Breath in the fresh air, sit back, relax and unwind. You deserve it!