Bucklands - June 2014 Newsletter- Monday 30 June, 2014

Bucklands News

By Terry and Michele Stewart

Welcome to our June Newsletter

We here at Bucklands have always felt that our Luxury Tented Camp was needing a special addition to complete the overall feel of the camp. If you have been following our Facebook posts over the last six weeks you may have come across our news of the Lounge being built at our Luxury Tented Camp. This area is a quiet area to sit and relax while watching your family dip in the swimming pool, to play a game of scrabble with your friends or to read a book in the warm winter’s sun. With just our bar to be installed, we know that this is the perfect extension to our boma and swimming pool alike.

We recently added a new antelope species to the already diverse Bucklands. We have very recently introduced a group of 6 Sable antelope, a relatively rare antelope that was once an endangered species, but due to conservation efforts, is doing very well. In time we will see how these individuals respond to the veld and conditions of Bucklands, and if we see that they are doing well, we may add more of these individuals to the property.

Image - Sable and Buffalo at Graskop

Game News

By Iain Stewart

The middle of winter is here! Last year we completed our passive capture Boma on the Graskop portion of Bucklands. The year or so that the boma has been in place has allowed our animals to become accustomed its presence around the water pan. In due time we will use the passive capture boma to slowly, and passively, remove the grazers like Zebra, Waterbuck and Blue Wildebeest away from this portion of the reserve and onto the larger portion of Bucklands, just by closing one curtain, and opening a gate on the opposite side when the correct target species come in to drink. The Waterbuck, Zebra and Blue Wildebeest are very “hard” on the veld, eating mostly grass and limit the number of buffalo we can maintain in our breeding herd on the Graskop section. If we do not reduce the number of grazers on Graskop this could lead to problems like over grazing, and then erosion, so to avoid damage to our veld we will be targeting our grazer species and allowing them to move peacefully to the Main portion of Bucklands.
By Iain Stewart

With our Graskop Buffalo coming into feeding areas on a regular basis we are able to monitor them more closely than before. We have been noticing a lot of “red calves” out and about which is unusual for this time of year as Buffalo peak calving period is generally in January and February. We believe that this is due to the late rains of last year, and our efforts to place Lucerne out on a daily basis to give pregnant moms, and then their young calves, the best chance possible to flourish during these winter months when the veld has lower nutrients.



Recent Guest Comments

From the Lapins Family

“We all had an amazing time, thank you to all the wonderful staff, especially Craig and Yoande for making this such a memorable experience. We are looking to come back and visit again with more of the family. Thank you once again!

Did you know...?

Sable antelope are born a brownish-red colour, and by two years of age their colouring becomes a beautiful shiny black.

Young Sable (brown) and Older Sable (black)

Recently Seen at Bucklands

Recently on a game drive guests at Bucklands guests were thrilled to see Hippo out of the river and grazing! This is highly unusual as they have sensitive skin and they usually feed at night. Yet another leopard siting on the road between ramp pan and warthog pan. Owen our new ranger was lucky enough to see a large tom crossing the road on his way home from the lodge in the evening.

Bucklands Recipe

Apple-Cheddar Quinoa Muffins

In this savoury quinoa muffin recipe, grated apple adds moisture, quinoa adds protein and sharp Cheddar cheese makes these healthy muffins a perfect pairing for soups and stews. To make these quinoa muffins gluten-free, use a gluten-free flour blend in place of the whole-wheat flour.


1 cup quinoa flour (see Tips)
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Tips) or gluten-free flour blend
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk (see Tips)
1 cup grated peeled apple
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or scallion greens
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided


Preheat oven to 180°C. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray or line with paper liners and spray the liners.
Whisk quinoa flour, whole-wheat flour (or gluten-free flour blend), baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
Whisk eggs, buttermilk, apple, oil and chives (or scallions) in a medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
Add half the cheese and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened; do not over mix.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Bake the muffins for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before serving.


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Newsletter - August 2013
With the dry season upon us our larger herbivores and antelope have been congregating around the water points where we are also supplementing feed for the large herbivores, which makes for some great viewing.

Newsletter - July 2013

Newsletter - June 2013
Winter has arrived with a vengeance and brought with it some frost these past few weeks. We thoroughly enjoyed the appearance of snow on the mountains;

Newsletter - May 2013
The wild flowers have started to bloom as though it were Spring again thanks to some wonderful late summer and autumn rains that have fallen here at Bucklands.

Newsletter - April 2013
At last the dry spell has broken with approximately 80mm of glorious rain falling! Within the past few weeks the reserve has been transformed from dry and dusty to lush and green.

Newsletter - March 2013
This past month at Bucklands has been another busy month! On one hand we were “all hands on deck” to capture 7 Buffalo for sale and on the other hand we hosted a beautiful and intimate wedding for 38 guests

Newsletter - February 2013
Welcome to our February and Valentine’s issue of our newsletter.

Newsletter - Spring 2009
Welcome to our newsletter! As Bucklands Private Game Reserve develops and grows there are so many exciting happenings taking place.

Newsletter - January 2013
Happy New Year to you and your family from all of us here on Bucklands! We hope that you have a memorable year ahead!

Newsletter - December 2012
Seasons greeting to you and your family, from all of us here at Bucklands. Keep safe out on the roads if you will be travelling, and take many photos of course!

Newsletter - November 2012
It seems as if the rainy season is here at last. The Eastern Cape experienced a huge amount of precipitation in a very short space of time during October which saw a few of our coastal towns in flood.

Newsletter - October 2012
In other news we would like to congratulate Ms Barbara Bickell on winning our lucky draw competition held at our stand in Greenacres Mall in Port Elizabeth.


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