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31 Mar, 2019

Malachite Sunbirds of the Drakensberg

By |2019-07-02T09:12:07+02:00Mar 31st, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Fauna - animals and birds, Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks|Tags: , , , |

Malachite Sunbirds Malachite sunbirds or Nectarinia famosa in Latin are certainly stunning birds. You can tell from their Latin name that they love nectar. However they also eat insects, spiders and small lizards. So really anything small enough. They are quite common especially at higher altitudes and slightly nomadic especially where there are flowers. Check here to read how we try to be eco friendly. In the Drakensberg they are altitudinal migrants. And are [...]

09 Mar, 2019

Drakensberg Protea Dracomontana – Dwarf Protea

By |2019-07-02T09:12:56+02:00Mar 9th, 2019|Categories: Drakensberg Flora - flowers and trees., Drakensberg Mountains and Peaks|Tags: , , , , |

Drakensberg Protea The Drakensberg Protea dracomontana is commonly found on the grassy slopes of the Drakensberg between 1600m and 2500m altitude. It only grows up to 1m tall so you can see why it is commonly called a dwarf protea.  The flowers vary in color from creamy yellow to pink and light red.  Like all Proteas in the Drakensberg it relies on fires in the winter to help it germinate and generally flowers in [...]