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It seems that these little primates are becoming big fans of the night vision camera!
I was standing right in the window with a normal video camera for this one! They’re getting brave!
Whilst the bushbabies love to hang out in our sandforest here in Hluhluwe, they tend to run off at the sight of humans.
But now winter is coming and they have suddenly got very confident…
Be prepared for regular updates from these cheeky little monkeys!!
For those of you who haven’t found this post via the main website of our Hluhluwe accommodation, this is what you have to look forward to when you book at Umkhumbi Lodge.
A walk along a winding path (lit by fairy nights at light) leads to your home from home. And don’t worry about carrying your bags – we can do that for you!
With their high ceilings and spacious size you’ll wish you lived here permanently!
Don’t want to mingle with the other guests of an evening?
When you’re sitting on your veranda be sure to keep an eye out for our hand-reared impala. She is all grown up now, but still likes to stay close to the houses when she is not playing with the nyala babies.
Of course there are other things to do; such as luxuriate in your ensuite bathroom.
When you do decide to venture to the lapa you wont be disappointed by the sunsets…
Not interested in the breathtaking sunsets?
If you prefer, we can get the fire started before dinner so you can while away the hours there.
Dinner is a 3 course meal with a choice of main dishes and includes table salad.
You can eat on your own or if you prefer, on one table with the other guests, or even your host.
After dinner retire to your room and dream of the over twenty different South African holiday activities within an hours drive of Umkhumbi Lodge, Hluhluwe.
See you soon!
At Umkhumbi lodge we are proud to say that each room has a resident Velvet gecko (they stay outside, don’t worry!) The Velvet gecko is on the IUCN list due to it’s rarity. One species of the Velvet gecko is so rare that it was only recently rediscovered!
They are larger than the non-indigenous Tropical house geckos that are so prominent here in South Africa. They have been known to grow up to 120mm in length (and that is just the body, add the tail on as well and you have a fairly substantial portion of gecko!).
So, I hear you ask, if they are so big; How on Earth do they run up the walls? How do they not fall off the ceiling?
Well, each toe is covered with large, wide pads. These pads are covered with tiny little hairs, shorter than 2 diameters of a human hair(1) and much thinner, it is these hairs that allow geckos to run up even the smoothest surface. Each of these hairs is subject to a weak molecular attraction – Van Der Waals theory – which gives geckos the ability to be able to hang from a wall by just one fingertip. This adhesive effect is very strong and the tiny hairs only become detached by changing their angle (almost like velcro).
For more information about the discovery, read this and this from the Lewis & Clark College, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Stanford University.
Our state of the art hatching facility (a drawer in the garage desk) has once more produced some babies for us this year.
This time it is the babies of our two lovely adult iguanas.
Imagine our delight when a quick peek at the eggs this morning showed us a little head
Gently replacing the lid we left the little guy to do his stuff and break free from his former home.
He kept on going then he was free and jumped out of the box straight into my hand!
The Vervet Monkeys are running wild today at Umkhumbi Lodge!!
Playful as always they are running up and down the branches, munching on monkey apples and mangos and anything else they can find to sink their little teeth into.
But then one lazy monkey, stole a baby monkey!!! He wanted the fruit that the mother was eating, so he stole the baby and held it hostage until she gave the fruit to him. Nasty monkey!
11/01/2012 – Day 18
We have been checking the position of FC01 everyday, but there has been little if any change in position.
When we observed this behaviour during our last project, it was due to either a large feed, the weather or (unhappily) the snake having been eaten.
The weather recently has been extremely hot and accompanied by high levels of humidity which could be responsible for FC01 not wanting to move much – we certainly don’t want to move much!
Climbing into the bush as far as possible (it is extremely thick vegetation) has provided us with no further clues as to the reason for his behaviour. The bush has formed an almost cave like shelf, we cannot see in partly due to the darkness (even a bright torch did not assist in this) but mostly due to the sheer compactness of the bush. We are therefore still hoping that FC01 has decided to position itself in the bush due to the security it feels in this impenetrable fort.
The snake looked to be in perfect condition at the last sighting, which further makes us believe the snake to be ok and instead being influenced by other factors.