Lion Spruit

LION SPRUIT RESERVE

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Lion Spruit reserve is a 1500ha nature reserve with, buffalo, giraffe, kudu, impala, zebra, wildebeest and other small antelopes  aswel some lions. The entrance to Lion spruit is in Marloth Park, and you cam make great game drives here. The area has an abundance of different species with 56 mammals, 32 reptiles and 221 species of birds that have already been identified.

We have a number of rangers patrolling here, and so keep an eye on the wildlife , they also pay attention to the vegetation so that  alien plants can not take over. They guard the animals so that poachers do not get the chance to poach  and weather cooperate with the Kruger park rangers to locate poachers . The Lionspruit reserve has some stunning view points and a picknick area here,  you may also leave the car, but  always be careful because we have here two lions.  So it’s nice to take a basket with food and drinks or a skottel braai, and enjoy that way of a delicious breakfast. You will enjoy this great reserve.

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Marloth Park Honorary Rangers

Monthley they have an briefing what has to be done, and take care of the fund frieda 

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The entrance to Lion spruit is in wildgoose street its a side road on  elephant road, the fee is R70,-  to pay at the gate of Lion Spruit
at the gate you get a map, so you can see where to go and wil find al the spots and roads, it is great to make a picknick on the picknick spot or do an barneque , the facilities are there , here you can get out of the car, or in the morning a breakfast there are braai facilities at frikkies dam, at the shops in marloth you find info when some activities are arranged in Lion Spruit or at Henk van Rooijen parkontbijt-lion-spruit

breakfast in Lion Spruit

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what can you spot in Lion spruit ??? we have 2 lions ,in the evening you can hear them when you sit at the patio at Sadadu, You wil hear the answer from the Kruger Park pride of lions who are on the banks of the crocriver and excist of  19 Lions. here Fluffie our male lion in a tree, so stay safe when you are out of the car we have lions in  LION SPRUIT new-birdhide-jackelberry The new Birdhide at Jackelberry Dam
Here some birds spotted in LION SPRUIT,

Bronze-winged-CourserVIOLET-BACKED-PLUM-COLOURED-STARLING his is a large courser with distinctive head markings which is secretive and usually only seen at night. It has a white rump. The Bronze Winged Courser breeds in early summer. When flying at night it has a very shrill call and also a plaintive harsh call. Genie Retief and Joce Gordon 7 January 2011
The Bronze-winged Courser (Latin name Rhinoptilus chalcopterus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 303 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 422 also a picture of theBronze-winged Courser on page 321. The Bronze-winged Courser belongs to the family of birds classified as Glareolidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Bronze-winged Courser is also known as the : Violet-tipped Courser.

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Endemic to Africa. An inter African breeding migrant, with a distribution from Senegal eastwards to Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Moves south to breed, arriving in South Africa late September, departing northwards again March/April.

African-CuckooEndemic to Africa. An inter African breeding migrant,  with a distribution from Senegal eastwards to Sudan,
Ethiopia and Kenya. Moves south to breed, arriving in South Africa late September,  departing northwards again March/April.African-Cuckoo Birds are monogamous, territorial and brood parasites – their host bird is the Fork Tail Drongo.Whilst the male bird distracts the Drongos, the female slips into their nest, tips out a Drongo egg and lays a single egg in its place. This takes less than 10 seconds.

Incubation period 11-17 days, nestling ± 23 days. The newly hatches youngster evicts the Drongo eggs and youngsters.
Brown-Snake-Eagle-1Brown Snake eagleBeautiful Raptors in LionspruitSeptember 2008 On many interesting drives in Lionspruit, we have seen a variety of majestic raptors. Being a novice, I have spent many happy hours identifying them. I have seen lappet face, white-headed, white-backed and hooded vultures, bateleurs, fish, martial, tawny and Wahlberg’s eagles. Also the dark chanting and gabar goshawks – plus many others that I had to reluctantly put down as unconfirmed. This one – I photographed, and then checked out my opinion with one of our Honorary Ranger birding experts – Tony Newey – and goodness, I was correct! He is the Brown Snake Eagle but as Tony pointed out – he is immature.This is the largest snake eagle and is dark brown with a distinctive yellow eye and a very upright stance. It is 24 cm long and weighs about 2 kg. It has grey, scaly, featherless legs. Juniors resemble adults but are flecked or mottled with barred tail. Sexes are alike and they are monogamous. Its favourite prey is snakes (poisonous ones too). Also monitor lizards, lizards and chameleons Jacobin-Cuckoo-1 Jacobin Cuckoo (Clamator Jacobinus)The name is derived from the Latin words “Clamator” meaning noisy and “Jacobinus” from the French name Jacobins for the Dominican Monks who have an establishment in the Rue St. Jacques in Paris. Their habit is a white tunic with a black hood and gown over he back.

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To prevent poaching they are dehorned