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Makakatana's Flap-neck Chameleon BABY BOOM in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Posted by Jaco on Fri February 4, 2022 in iSimangaliso Wetlands, Biosphere, and Biodiversity.

Trust us to find all these baby chameleons in the month of Love! Teeny, tiny, Flap-necked Chameleons (Chamaeleo dilepis), the size of a child's thumb are all over the Western Shores and around Makakatana at the moment.

We have had some fabulous sightings of them while out on our night drives. Chameleons are mostly found throughout Africa and Madagascar, but they are not limited to these locations. For someone who has never seen a baby chameleon before, it is easy to mistakenly assume that they are dwarf chameleons. The Setaro's dwarf chameleons (Bardypodion setaroi) are endemic to the area but are more prevalent on the Eastern Shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

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Wildlife Safaris With Meaning - Spiders of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Posted by Jaco & Stephanie on Thu November 25, 2021 in Biodiversity.

Before going on a safari adventure at Makakatana, our knowledgeable guides might ask you if you have any fears or phobias. Our aim is to add a more meaningful wildlife experience and take you on a conservation journey that will leave you with a deeper understanding and connection to the miracles and wonders that surround us. Sometimes we come across creatures not fully understood or appreciated and most of the time they are the small things that are ignored and sadly disregarded. One such creature is the friendly spider. Now, before you close the tab in horror, let’s take a quick look at the importance of these unique members of the Arachnid family that live in the biodiverse eco-systems in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
.... DON'T BE AFRAID OF THOSE LEGS.

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The Bees Knees of Bees at Makakatana

Posted by Stephanie on Thu May 20, 2021 in Biodiversity.

When we talk about endangered and protected species more often than not we think of rhinos, elephants and pangolins, but one of our most important creatures – vital to every part of all the ecosystems on planet earth, gets overlooked. Pollinators – insects and animals that move pollen from one flower to another and pollinate (impregnate) the flowers so they can produce fruit and seeds.

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The Magical World of Fungi around Makakatana Bay Lodge

Posted by Jaco on Sat December 12, 2020 in Fungi.

Jaco, everybody at Makakatana Bay Lodge's favourite nature guide takes us on a discovery through the fascinating world of iSimangaliso's fungus paradise. After all the lovely rain St Lucia and Zululand have had, there is an explosion of these magical puffballs.

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