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Wildlife Facts - Golden Wildebeest (Gnu)

Posted by Hartenbos Private Game Lodge on Thu February 10, 2022 in Our Wildlife.

Latin Name: Connochaetes Taurinus
Also knows as the Golden Gnu
Golden Wildebeest naturally occurred along the Limpopo River basin, adjacent to the Tuli-Block of Botswana. Early farmers in the1920’s, called them “Vos Wildebeest”
The first Golden Wildebeest Bull was captured by Alec Rough in the early 1990’s on the game farm Swinburne, in the Limpopo Valley. This is the area where the majority of Golden Wildebeest originate from. They formed an integral part of the large migratory herds that once moved freely between South Africa and Botswana.
Golden Wildebeest were first referred to as “Red” or “Yellow” Wildebeest by pioneer breeders. The decision to change the name of these colour variants was as a direct result of false accusations made by Nature Conservation officials that game farmers created these animals by cross-breeding Black and Blue Wildebeest. Wildebeest hybrids (Black and Blue Wildebeest Crossbreds) were also referred to as Red Wildebeest by Nature Conservation officials.

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Wildlife Facts - Bontebok

Posted by Hartenbos Private Game Lodge on Thu January 27, 2022 in Our Wildlife.

Latin Name: Damaliscus pygargus
The Bontebok is a medium-sized, generally dark brown antelope with a prominent, wide white blaze on its face, with a pure white rump, belly and hocks, and black-tipped tail. Both sexes have horns, although the horns of rams are heavier and longer than those of ewes.

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Wildlife Facts - Waterbuck

Posted by Hartenbos Private Game Lodge on Tue January 18, 2022 in Our Wildlife.

Latin Name: Kobus ellipsiprymnus
Hence their name, waterbuck tend to hang around areas where there is a lot of water, especially being water dependent animals. Bulls (males) in particular, will hold a territory where there is an abundant amount of water and food to attract females – he will only hold this territory in breeding seasons.

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Glamping - The rise of a popular travel trend

Posted by Hartenbos Private Game Lodge on Thu January 13, 2022 in Travel Tips.

So what exactly is Glamping and where did the trend originate from?
Let's dive into the world of glamour camping and why this unique accommodation experience is now booming!

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Wildlife Facts - Eland

Posted by Hartenbos Private Game Lodge on Thu January 6, 2022 in Our Wildlife.

Latin Name: Taurotragus oryx
The Eland, an ox-like antelope, is the largest in the world. It belongs to the ‘spiral-horned’ subfamily, along with the likes of kudu and bushbuck.
Bulls of both species may top 900kg and stand 1.7m at the shoulder. Females are about half the male’s weigh

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