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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Bucklands - June 2014 Newsletter

Newsletter - June 2014
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.

Newsletter - May 2014
The winter chill is setting in here on the reserve and we have all about traded in our summer shorts and hats for long pants, beanies, scarves and warm jackets.

Newsletter - May 2014

Newsletter - April 2014
It’s been a wet few days here at Bucklands, we just love Mother Nature and her magical powers of transformation! Approximately 75mm of rain was just what was required to fill all our waterholes and to give the veld a boost before winter.

Newsletter - March 2014
In the past four weeks Bucklands has received some wonderful rains alternating with warm summer days! The grass is green and long and the animals are all looking very healthy ahead of the upcoming winter!

Newsletter - February 2014
February’s at Bucklands are generally very hot affairs, and this February has been no exception! Luckily the regular rain showers have provided welcome relief for both animals and humans alike!

Newsletter - January 2014
The New Year kicked off to a Wonderful start when we spotted our 5th Giraffe calf whilst out on the first game drive for 2014.

Newsletter - December 2013
Bucklands is a flurry of activity and excitement at the moment, brought about by all the new arrivals! Our Blesbuck babies were the first to arrive, followed closely by the Impala.

Newsletter - November 2013
In the month since the last newsletter was emailed out Bucklands has transformed from a dusty and dry and drought stricken landscape to a rejuvenated bright green and vivid reserve.

Newsletter - October 2013
We are THRILLED to finally have captured a male Leopard on one of our trail cameras; what a beautiful specimen he is!

Newsletter - September 2013
It felt like spring came early this year, our winter was milder and drier than the last few winters, and the days before September were warm and set the tone for what may be a hot summer ’13-14.

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.

Newsletter - September 2012
Spring is here again and we are all enjoying the sun's rays and longer days. Another Leopard has been sighted at Bucklands by David and Grant, a large Tom.

Newsletter - August 2012
This past July has been a great month from a game viewing point of view. After a long cold night antelope are often seen on the north facing slopes and on top of the ridges grabbing some warm rays as soon as the sun is up.

Newsletter - June 2012
The most exciting news from the month of May was the appearance of Maude’s first calf. Maude kept us all guessing as to when the big day would arrive… and finally it did!

Newsletter - May 2012
Welcome to our Twelfth Newsletter The young animals are growing well, and with the circle of life beginning once again, we are in the middle of another mating season.

Newsletter - April 2012
Welcome to our Eleventh Newsletter Have you heard of Slack-packing? Bucklands is now offering Slack-packing as a new way to experience the bush

Newsletter - March 2012
Welcome to our Tenth Newsletter February 2012 was a busy one at both the Luxury Tented Camp and at the Bucklands Lodge with a record number of guests.

Bucklands has been fortunate with over 100ml of rainfall already in 2012. Bucklands has veld that is quickly regenerated by rainfall and the result of this is grass that has returned to a vivid green after being burnt brown by the sun a few weeks ago.

Newsletter - January 2012
Welcome to our Eighth Newsletter Happy New Year from all of us here at Bucklands! December saw our lodge swimming pools really getting used as we had great sunny and hot days especially in the second half of the month.

Newsletter - December 2011
Welcome to our Seventh Newsletter Merry Christmas from all of us here at Bucklands! We wish you and your family a happy festive season and safe travels on holiday.

Newsletter - October 2011
Bucklands is looking lush and green this summer which is a huge contrast to October 2010. We experienced an uncharacteristically cool and wet winter this year with a total of 335ml of rain falling from May until August 2011.

Newsletter - Autumn 2011
Welcome to our fifth newsletter! Summer is almost over and we are thrilled to be able to offer you really excellent Winter Specials that start on the 1st of April 2011 so they include the Easter high season!

Newsletter - Summer 2010
Welcome to our third newsletter! The Bucklands Family is growing, with the birth of our grandson, Dominic Alistair Stewart, born on the 20th January 2010 at 08h45, to proud parents Iain & Mary-Ann.

Newsletter - Winter 2011
Welcome to our fourth newsletter! The Bucklands Family is growing, with the birth of our grandson, Dominic Alistair Stewart, born on the 20th January 2010 at 08h45, to proud parents Iain & Mary-Ann.

Newsletter - February 2011
Welcome to our fifth newsletter! Summer is almost over and we are thrilled to be able to offer you really excellent Winter Specials that start on the 1st of April 2011 so they include the Easter high season!


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