Garden Bird Bingo – UK Edition

Bingo or “Beano” as it was originally called in the United States, is a hugely popular numbers game that dates back to the mid-1500’s. It started in Italy as the Italian Lottery or “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia”, where players had cards with numbers in rows, winning numbers were drawn from a sack and players […]

Backyard birding: the perfect hobby in these new times of isolation!

Bleary-eyed and still dreaming, I was woken early this morning by my 3-year old daughter who informed that “Mummy, the birds are too noisy, they are waking me from my sleep!”. It was still pitch black and a little after 6am but she was right, the birds were being particularly raucous. For them the day […]

What animal has the largest eyes?

With a diameter of 5cm (2 inches), the Common Ostrich (Struthio camelus) is said to have the largest eyes of any land animal. They are about the size of a billiard ball and five times larger than the human eye! You can see when you look closely that their eyes are quite beautiful with long […]

Easy crafts for kids: How to make Homemade Birdfeeders

With winter fast approaching here in Cape Town, bird feeders are a good way to help out our feathered friends when food is more scarce. We already have a wooden birdhouse feeder that is a popular eating spot for some of our regular garden visitors, such as the Swee Waxbill, Red-eyed Dove and Forest Canary, […]

Easy crafts for kids: How to make Birdwatching Binoculars!

It is always great to discover new ideas for keeping your kids busy during holiday times or weekends, but particularly now, when we have been trapped in ‘COVID-19 Lockdown’, for what seems like in an interminable amount of time. And with all the toilet-roll stock piling that’s been happening in recent weeks, we’ve found a […]

De Hoop Nature Reserve | Hiking, Whale Watching, Birding

De Hoop Nature Reserve is often cited as one of the most beautiful coastal reserves in South Africa, and we couldn’t agree more. The last time we were here it was April 2013, for our wedding, and the scenery looked markedly different. Travelling along the N2 from Cape Town, the landscape was dry and thirsty […]

Experiencing the best of the bush – tracking rhinos in Somkhanda

After three days on the road we were getting used to our early wake ups. And today there was a great reason to be up, dressed and coffee-fueled by 6am, we were going rhino tracking on foot.  Somkhanda Game Reserve in Zululand is a 12,000 hectare community owned reserve and the first of its kind […]