Newsletter - November 2013 Date: 12/11/2013

Bucklands News…

By Terry and Michele Stewart

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. This stark contrast is because of a wonderful 72.4mm or rainfall received over the past four weeks or so. The steady, albeit small, amounts of rainfall every few days or so, coupled with warm sunny days do wonders to germinate grass seeds and promote growth.

For the keen photographers the green grass and blue summer skies sets a brilliant and contrasting background to antelope and birds normally photographed in less vivid contrasts.

December is around the corner, and with December comes the much needed and anticipated few weeks December break. Bucklands offers day trips on our reserve and at R400 a head for a game drive and lunch at the Bucklands Lodge, this is an affordable way to get out of town and enjoy the fresh air and sounds of nature for a few hours.

Day trips - minimum of 4 guests and 48 hours’ notice. Please call 0727363681 or email for availability.


 Bucklands Game News...

By Iain Stewart

Bucklands is alive in activity after the wonderful October rains! Our Weavers and Swallows are busy building their nests, the Sneezewoods, Karoo Boerboon, Acacia Karoo (sweet thorn), Porkbush and Wild Pomegranate (Scrambled egg bush) are all flowering different hues of pink, red, yellow and attracting bees. It’s not unusual to be driving in the veld and see an overhead swarm of bees passing in search of a new home. Bees split their hives on an average of once a year, usually at the end of spring and beginning of summer, to avoid overcrowding in the bee hive. This is the natural means of reproduction of honey bee colonies.

The old queen bee and about 60% of the worker bees from the old hive swarm to find a new and suitable home in a new location away from the old hive, while the remainder of the worker bees feed queen larvae Royal Jelly, which is the food used to make a new queen bee. Once this new queen bee has mated with male drone bees, she begins to lay new eggs and continues the duties of queen bee in the old bee hive.


Recent Guest Comments

“Most amazing weekend! Best quad bike ride ever! Will definitely be back!”
Richard and Tracy Hutton – Post Elizabeth

“Thanks for a terrific weekend and for looking after is so well!”
James Bryden and friends – East London

“We had a wonderful time here. Thank you – keep it up. All staff terrific”

Lonny and John Larsen - Nelspruit

“Thank you for a wonderful, relaxing time! We hope to be back!”

Mark & Nicola Bruyns – East London

“I enjoyed every minute of my short stay”
Philipp Lubke – Frankfurt, Germany

Photographs from our Guests


Fred and Gail shared this beautiful photograph of a young Kudu bull, photographed on a recent trip to Bucklands.



  Did You Know....?

The Crowned hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus) occurs from the DRC and Ethiopia to southern Africa, where it is locally common in a wide variety of forest and woodland habitats. It eats a wide range of small animals, such as termite alates, chameleons and millipedes, and plant products, such as fruit, seeds and nuts. It nests in tree cavities 1.2-12 m above ground, used repeatedly over many breeding seasons. It lays 2-5, usually 3-4 eggs, which are incubated solely by the female, for 25-27 days, being fed by the male through a narrow slit. The chicks stay in the nest for 46-55 days, and are able to feed for themselves one month after fledging, but they remain in the area around the nest for 5-7 months more before becoming independent.


Bucklands Staff

The Bucklands Team pride themselves in offering our guests a warm, friendly and professional safari experience, and look forward to spoiling you, your family and friends at Bucklands Private Game Reserve in the near future.


Bucklands Recipe

Homemade gluten-free energy bars are an easy, no-bake, nutritious and economical alternative to commercial energy bars. Best of all, you can substitute your favorite dried fruits, nut butters, nuts or seeds and sweeteners to create your own personalized energy bar. Pack gluten-free energy bars in lunch and travel bags for a healthy, away-from-home gluten-free snack.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


1 1/2 cups roasted raw nuts and / or seeds (almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds- use your favorites in any combination)

3/4 cup nut butter (almond OR cashew OR peanut OR sunflower butter)

3/4 cup sweetener syrup (honey OR brown rice syrup OR good quality Agave nectar)

1 cup unsulfured dried fruit (cherries, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, pineapple, raisins- use your favorite dried fruits in any combination)

4 cups gluten-free rice crispie cereal

1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper

Place nuts and / or roasted seeds and dried fruit in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse several times, just until the mixture is coarsely ground.

In a large saucepan melt nut butter with liquid sweetener over medium low heat. Stir and watch carefully to prevent scorching. When the mixture is smooth and bubbling cook for about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add salt and vanilla and stir to combine. Use a large spatula to stir in nuts, dried fruit and cereal. Stir until all ingredients are coated with nut butter mixture.

Scrape mixture on to the prepared baking sheet. Use the spatula to evenly spread the mixture on the pan. Place a large piece of waxed paper over the mixture and use a rolling pin to smooth the top of the mixture. Cover with the waxed paper and refrigerate for about 2 hours before cutting the energy bars into whatever sizes you prefer.

Wrap bars in waxed paper and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

From our Bucklands' Kitchen

If you stayed at Bucklands recently, you may have sampled Amy’s Spinach Phyllo Parcels starter during your stay with us, pictured below.



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