BIODIVERSITY
of the
Hazyview and Surrounding Areas
(including the KNP)

  

 BIODIVERSITY
450 Bird species
3,000
Plant species
300 Butterfly species
150 Mammal Species
and counting

 COUNTING our INDIGENOUS SPECIES

Reptiles: 
  Tortoises = 3
  Terrapins = 3
  Geckos/Lizards = 51
  Worm Lizards = 6
  Snakes = 54
  Crocodile = 1

Amphibians
Frogs & Toads = 35

Fishes = 53

Mammals = 148

Birds = ±450

Insects
   Butterflies = ±300
   Other = still counting

Plants = ±3,000

 

 
The greater Hazyview area (including the Kruger National Park) is home to an estimated 3,000 plant species, half of' South Africa's butterfly species, half of South Africa's bird species, and 150 of South Africa's mammals.

The town of Hazyview is located 13km from the Kruger National Park and is situated within a 7km wide Ecological Corridor, earmarked to linked the KNP (from Phabeni Gate) to the Blyde River Canyon National Park.

This corridor was selected to provide intact mega-pathways for long-term biological movement to provide for the natural retreat and advance of plants and animals in response to environmental change. (Ferrar, A.A. & Lötter, M.C. 2007. Mpumalanga Biodiversity Conservation Plan Handbook. Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks Agency, Nelspruit)

 BIODIVERSITY Explained
 Biodiversity describes the variety of life in an area, including the number of different species, the genetic wealth within each species, the interrelationships between them, and the natural areas where they occur.

"The first rule of intelligent tinkering
is to save all the parts.
"
Aldo Leopold

The United Nations declared 2010 to 2020 to be the International Decade on Biodiversity.  More info .....

 

 
Lesser Bushbaby (Galago moholi)
Bush Baby

 

Day Waterlily (Nymphaea nouchali)
Day Water Lily


Our Plants
How many Plant Species?
"
There is no reliable information available on the number of plant species found in this area, but if it is kept in mind that more than 2,000 species have been found in the Kruger Park alone, it can be assumed that the geographic area as a whole could accommodate more than 3,000 species."
(Preface by Piet van Wyk in: Transvaal Lowveld and Escarpment including the Kruger National Park. South African Wild Flower Guide 4 by Jo Onderstall, 1984)

  

 

 Click
Don't Pick

All our indigenous plants are protected by Law. You may not pick or collect any of them without a permit.

 

 

Our Indigenous Flowers
 

 

Scarlet Pimpernel (Striga elegans)
Scarlet Pimpernel

Yellow Flame Lilly (Gloriosa superba var. suberba)
Flame Lilly

Mountain Mist I(Tetradenia riparia)
Mountain Mist


Tree Orchid

Fried Egg Flower (Oncoba spinosa)
Fried Egg Flower

Impala Lily (Adenium multiflorum)
Impala Lilly

Large-leaved Sickle Bush (Dichrostachys cinerea)
Sickle Bush


Clivia caulescens

   

The Fruits of our Flowers
 

 

Wild Cucumber (Cucumis anguria var. longipes)
Wild Cucumber


Mkuhlu

Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpa)
Milkweed

Green Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa)
Monkey Orange

Sausage Tree (Kigilia african)
Sausage Tree

Mickey Mouse Bush (Ochna natalitia)
Mickey Mouse Bush

Toad Tree (Tabernaemontana elegans)
Toad Tree

 

 GO GREEN
Plant Indigenous

Visit our nurseries at Perry's Bridge,
Skukuza in the Kruger National Park & the
Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Nelspruit.

 

Our Insects
The subtropical climate and flora of the Hazyview region supports a vast insect population but, other that the well studied butterfly species, the total number of insects species of the region is not known.


Wasp with Butterfly Larva


Ant Lion (Lacewing larva)

 

 

Dragonfly
Dragonfly


Golden Silk Orb spider


 Emperor Swallowtail butterfly (Steve Woodhall)
Emperor Swallowtail butterfly

  Foxy Emperor butterfly (Steve Woodhall)
Foxy Emperor butterfly


Citrus Swallowtail caterpillar

Our Butterflies
  

 BUTTERFLIES and MOTHS
The Hazyview region is rich in both abundant and rare butterflies and moths.

The warm, balmy sub-tropical climate of Hazyview sustains prolific butterfly and moth populations throughout the year.

According to the distribution maps of Steve Woodhall's "Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa"  (ISBN 1 86872 724 6) one can expect to find up to 300 butterfly species and sub-species in the greater Hazyview area. (That is about half of all the butterfly species in South Africa.)

Larvae of Cabbage Tree Emporer Moth (Bunaea alcinoë)

  Butterflies Everywhere! 
You will find them in the gardens; along the roads; in the forests; in the grassveld and along the streams.  They refuse to be caged and delight young and old alike with their colourful flutters - and all without charging an entrance fee.
 

Collection 
Please do not collect butterflies without first checking with the Provincial Nature Conservation offices, as some species are protected by law. But you may 'capture' as many as you like with a good digital camera.
 

Checklist of our Butterflies

 
 

Zulu Shadefly butterfly (Steve Woodhall)
Zulu Shadefly butterfly
 
 
Eyed Pansy butterfly (Steve Woodhall)
Eyed Pansy butterfly
 
 
Queen Purple Tip butterfly (Steve Woodhall)
Queen Purple Tip butterfly


Window Winged moth


 


Pinkthroated Twinspot


Narina Trogon


Longcrested Eagle


Gorgeous Bush Shrike

Our Birds

 BIRDS
You can expect to find as many as 450 bird species in the Hazyview area.

That is more than half of all the bird species in the whole of South Africa!

Rare Bird Sightings (#Roberts Number):
Pennantwinged Nightjar (#410)
Eurasian Blackcap (#620.1)
Sooty Tern (#332)
Grey Wagtail (#715)
Bittern (#80)
Palmnut Vulture (#147)

Endangered, Vulnerable and Threatened Birds:
(Links to Biodiversity Explorer's web site)

  Roberts Status
African Finfoot  229 Vulnerable
Bald Ibis   92 Vulnerable
Bat Hawk 129 Near-threatened
Bittern   80 Critically endangered
Black Stork   84 Near-threatened
Blackrumped Buttonquail 206 Endangered
Blackwinged Plover 267 Near-threatened
Blue Crane 208 Vulnerable
Blue Swallow 521 Critically endangered
Broadtailed Warbler 642 Near-threatened
Bush Blackcap 565 Near-threatened
Cape Vulture 122  Vulnerable
Crowned Eagle 141 Near-threatened
Grass Owl 393 Vulnerable
Halfcollard Kingfisher 430 Near-threatened
Lanner Falcon 172 Near-threatened
Martial Eagle 140 Vulnerable
Orange Thrust 579 Near-threatened
Peregrine Falcon 171 Near-threatened
Pinkthroated Twinspot 838 Near-threatened
Secretarybird 118 Near-threatened
Southern Ground Hornbill 463 Vulnerable
Stanley's Bustard 231 Vulnerable
Striped Flufftail 221 Vulnerable
Taita Falcon 176 Near-threatened
Whitebacked Night Heron   77 Vulnerable

 

 


Malachite Kingfisher


Lilac-breasted Roller


Scarlet-chested Sunbird


Helmeted Guinea fowl


Trumpeter Hornbill

Interested in our OWLS?
Visit Skova Research Owl Tours

 Want to go BIRDING?
See our special
Birding Page


 

Lesser Bushbaby (Galago moholi)
Bush Baby


Aardvark


African Wild Cat

Our Mammals

 MAMMALS
With the Kruger National Park but a few kilometres away, one can record and observe 150 species of mammals in the region. That's more than half of all the mammals in South Africa!

The KNP is renowned, not only for the Big-5, but also for its biodiversity of other mammals.  Be on the lookout for the Little-7: like Bats, Elephant-shrews, Bush babies, Tree Squirrels, Aardvark, Pangolins and the African Wild Cat.

 
Every day at dusk, 42 species of Bats take to the skies and gorge themselves on the bounty of insects and fruit the Lowveld has to offer.
 

 Mammals and Landscapes
A delicate balance exist between the distribution of mammals & vegetation.
See our KNP Landscapes Page

 

 


Pangolin


Tree Squirrel


Rock Elephant-shrew


Banded Rubber Frog (Phrynomantis bifasciatus bifasciatus)
Banded Rubber Frog

Our Amphibians
There are 35 frog and toad species in the area, each with it's own characteristic call.  After the first spring rains, and throughout the summer, the Lowveld evenings come alive with the sounds of croaks, whistles, chirps and guttural mating calls of these fascinating creatures.

Our frogs and toads play a crucial role in the delicate ecological balance of the region. These amphibians are also important early indicators of the state of health of our rivers and related aquatic systems.

Checklist of our Amphibians Microsoft Word Document

 

Painted Reed Frog


  
Leopard Tortoise


Horned Adder

Our Reptiles
Of the 118 reptile species only one, the Natal Hinged Tortoise (Kinixys natalensis), is classed by the Red Data List as "Near Threatened".

 

Of the 54 South African snakes, only 8 can be considered highly venomous.

 

Fascinated by Reptiles?
 

Visit the Reptile Park at
Perry's Bridge

 
Tree Agama (Acanthocerus atricollis)
Tree Agama


Giant Plated Lizard


 
River Bream

Our Fishes
Fishes, although rarely seen, play a critical role in the ecology of aquatic habitats and are a vital link in the food chain for animals such s the Nile Crocodile and African Fish Eagle.  Two of the 53 ingenious fish species, the Barred Minnow (Opsaridium perigueyi) and the Orange-fringed Largemouth (Astatotilapia brevis) are listed in the Red Data List as "Vulnerable". 

 

Giant Mottled Eel


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