Flora Sibuya Game Reserve

At the moment, here and there in the deep forests, one can see a dense haze of delicate pink as the tall CAPE - CHESTNUT TREES (Calodendrum capense) are in full flower. The citrus-like scent of these is a favourite with the bees and they visit these trees in abundance. The bark of the tree is used in traditional cosmetics.

At all times of the year there are flowers blooming at SIBUYA. During October the COAST CORAL - TREES (Erythrina caffra) were spectacular with their rich vermillion flowers attracting birds and animals alike. Nick even spotted a BUSHBUCK doe (Tragelaphus scriptus)munching on some flowers which had fallen to the ground. The bright kidney-shaped vermillion and black seeds of this tree are frequently used to make jewellery as they are known as "lucky beans". The leaves and bark are used medicinally in traditional medicine and the wood is even used for fishing net floats.

The Cape Chestnut with its sweet scented flowers | The Coral Tree a brilliant tapestry of colour