• “It’s raining again”

    Posted on The rainfall for the month of September was 80 mm, which is markedly higher than both last year’s figure as well as the ten year average. Similarly the Cumulative figure for the first nine months of this is ahead of... Read more »

    Posted on ACOKANTHERA OPPOSITIFOLIA Bushman’s Poison (Eng.);  Boesmansgif (Afr.) Tree  number 639 Look out for this evergreen to semi-deciduous tree on the other side of the footpath to the Indigenous Garden. Easy to recognise with its reddish young stems and thick, leathery,... Read more »
  • Brightly coloured flowers are a welcome sight in Steenbok Nature Reserve during the spring months. 

    Posted on Below are photos of flowers and a map showing you where to find them. Pelargonium capitatum,  Zaluzianskya capensis and Silene undulata – can be seen in a field of indigenous flowers west of the tennis courts. Utopia Clivia – this red... Read more »

    Posted on Tree number: 479.1 Common names: Mickey Mouse bush, carnival bush (Eng.); fynblaarrooihout (Afr.) This gem of a tree was recently discovered in Steenbok right at the tip of the Reserve along Links Drive, near the wooden fencing. Currently showing off... Read more »
  • ARBOR MONTH IN STEENBOK – Grewia occidentalis

    Posted on Grewia occidentalis – SA Tree Number: 463 A much branched, evergreen shrub or semi climber that grows in protected positions among other species of trees.  An excellent example of this can be seen at the west end of Kingfisher Creek. The... Read more »

    Posted on To carry on celebrating Arbor month, we will today look at the PINK KEURBOOM – tree number 221. This small to medium sized tree is bushy, rounded to conical in shape and can be found in our tree copse along... Read more »
  • ARBOR MONTH IN STEENBOK – A Memorial Tree for Cherry Bullard, donated by Jeremy and Anne Allan.

    Posted on Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus Family: Celastraceae Common names: candlewood, cherrywood (English), kershout (Afrikaans), uTwina (isiXhosa). SA Tree No: 409 This sweet scented, floral tree, donated by Jeremy and Anne Allan is in memory of Cherry Bullard.  John Moll from Roots to Shoots... Read more »
  • August 2020 Rainfall Charts

    Posted on We recorded 136 mm in August, which is the third highest monthly rainfall for August during  the last 20 years!!! A huge thanks to Peter Godsell and Peter Dieterich for supplying Steenbok Nature Reserve with accurate monthly rainfall figures and... Read more »
  • Cape Bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis)

    Posted on This bird with its liquid whistle was spotted among the tall trees in Steenbok Nature Reserve. DESCRIPTION The Cape Bulbul measures 19-21 cm in length.  Males and females look alike. The plumage is mainly dull, blackish brown. It has distinctive... Read more »
  • Winter Garden Maintenance

    Posted on While most of us were staying inside after the heavy rain and snow storms this week, Ivy Garden Services and Knysna Municipality were hard at work in Steenbok Nature Reserve.   The dead branches of Metalasia muricata and Euryops virgineus... Read more »