• A few colourful blooms to spot in Steenbok during your winter exercise routines

    Posted on Zantedeschia aethiopica – White or common arum lily These beauties can be found in the Indigenous Garden  This very well known plant grows freely in damp ground but also tolerates normal garden conditions. The arrow-shaped leaves are as long or... Read more »
  • You’re never too young to learn

    Posted on Steenbok Nature Reserve recently hosted a walkabout with a  small group of enthusiastic preschoolers and parents.  With the help of our educational booklet “Look Deep into Nature” the energetic group were tasked with finding insects and butterflies populate the the... Read more »
  • RAINFALL JULY 2020

    Posted on What can one say about the rainfall this past month? At 33mm, the most honest word is disappointing. On a brighter note, the cumulative amount year to-date is pretty much in line with our ten year average. Thanks to Peter... Read more »
  • Butterflies in Steenbok

    Posted on   African Monarch EASY TO IDENTIFY The monarch is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 8cm.  It has a black body with orange-brown wings.  The forewings have a black and white band on the outer edge.  Two black... Read more »
  • The African Spoonbill

    Posted on The African Spoonbill is related to the ibis.  They belong to the Threskiornithidae family.  Their Latin name is Platalea alba which, literally translated, means pearl waterbird.  At birth, the African Spoonbill’s bill does not resemble a spoon.  It is born... Read more »
  • Environmental Responsibility

    Posted on One morning of irresponsible bait collecting along the edge of the Tow Path can destroy the estuarine mud bank.  This is not a pretty sight, and it destroys the whole habitat in which bloodworm, pencil bait, prawns and a myriad... Read more »
  • RAINFALL JUNE 2020

    Posted on The monthly rainfall for June was 26 mm. This is substantially below last year’s figure and less than half of the ten year average of 70 mm. A disappointing month. Despite this, the spectacularly high January rainfall has resulted in... Read more »
  • Winter Daisy – Osteospermum moniliferum

    Posted on Osteospermum moniliferum – Previously known as Chrysanthemoides monilifera Common Name: Tick berry, brother berry, bush-tick berry (Eng.); Bietou (Afr.) Tree Number: 736.1 The bright flowers are typical daisy-like and is made up of many individual densely arranged tubular male and... Read more »
  • Tree of the Month

    Posted on Rhoicissus digitata – SA Tree number: 456.2 Common Names:  baboon grape (Eng.) Bobbejaandruif (Afr.) isaQoni esincini (X.) This hardy, evergreen creeper is often the pioneer species on coastal dunes in the Western Cape.  It can also be used as a shade screen or decoratively... Read more »
  • STEENBOK WEATHER CAUTION

    Posted on STORM ALERT – GARDEN ROUTE AREA Strong interior winds are expected over the Garden Route municipalities in the Western Cape on Tuesday (09/06/2020). An intense cold front with an associated upper air trough is expected over the western parts of the... Read more »