Posted on                   Hypoestes aristata Family Name: ACANTHACEAE Common Name: Ribbon bush, seeroogblommetjie Among the many colorful flowers at the entrance to Steenbok Nature Reserve is the hypoestes aristata.  The purple flowers start to... Read more »

    Posted on Awesome fun for these guys who spent a great morning on Leisure as part of Enhanced’s Throwdown family day event today. Steenbok was used for some of the workouts and the Seedpod was the obvious place for prize giving. Well... Read more »
  • Aloiampelos ciliaris var. ciliaris

    Posted on   Aloiampelos ciliaris var. ciliaris Family: Asphodelaceae Common names: climbing aloe (Eng.); rank-aalwyn (Afr.) This rambling aloe is indigenous to the Eastern Cape and is in full bloom west of the tennis courts. The bright orange-red flowers are pollinated by... Read more »
  • Leonotis leonurus

    Posted on Leonotis leonurus Welcomes visitors to Steenbok Nature Reserve Common names: wild dagga (Eng.); wildedagga, duiwelstabak (Afr); Ecology: Leonotis leonurus is primarily bird pollinated and the flower presentation and pollination mechanisms are all structured to support this type of pollinator.  The flowers... Read more »
  • Flowering in Kingfisher Creek

    Posted on Limonium linifolium Common Name: Sea lavender Tufted dwarf herb with narrow (1 mm broad) branched leaves (3 to 6 mm in length) from stem on woody base. Flowers 5 mm diameter with 5 petals. Walk along the pathways in Kingfisher... Read more »
  • Gardening @ Leisure donation to Steenbok

    Posted on Steenbok Nature Reserve Thanks all the dedicated members of Gardening @ Leisure for their continued support and guidance. At their April meeting Kathy Michaelides, the Treasurer of Gardening @ Leisure once again presented Roger Voysey with a donation of R5,000.... Read more »
  • Wasps in Steenbok

    Posted on A wasp nest spotted in Steenbok Nature Reserve. These nests are different from the bees, which produce a waxy substance to create theirs. Wasps chew scraped wood fibers and create more papery nests for themselves.  Unlike bees, wasps can sting an... Read more »
  • Eriocephalus africanus L.

    Posted on Family: Asteraceae Common names: wild rosemary (Eng.), wilderoosmaryn, kapokbos (Afr.) An easy way to identify wild rosemary is the thin needle-shaped leaves that are arranged in tufts along the branches.  These light grey, green leaves are designed to reflect sunlight... Read more »
  • Knysna Dwarf Chameleon

    Posted on This is chameleon season and many Knysna Dwarf chameleons (Bradypodion damaranum) have been spotted in the trees near the main entrance to Steenbok. These little guys are endemic to South Africa and can grow to 180mm, they live happily in... Read more »

    Posted on Suzie Thomopoulos and Di Stromberg hosted a walkabout in Steenbok Nature Reserve with Ally Scott-Healey from Active Hearts and the grade 7’s from Tembelitsha Primary School. The children enjoyed a morning learning about the flora and fauna found in the... Read more »