SAND FOREST – A FASCINATING PLANT COMMUNITY AT LEOPARD WALK LODGE.
During your stay at Leopard Walk Lodge you will enjoy an opportunity to view the diverse and interesting biodiversity of our sand forest habitat in the Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park Wildlife Reserve that surrounds the lodge.
This park was established to protect a section of rare sand forest vegetation, that forms part of the Maputaland coastal forest mosaic in and around the World Natural Heritage Site, the Isimangalio Wetland Park, False Bay, on the north east coast of South Africa.[nggallery id=8]
In South Africa, Sand forest is confined to the Northern coastal belt of Kwa Zulu-Natal. It has a rich and varied biodiversity with both deciduous to semi-deciduous trees and a high diversity of shrubs and flora. The taller eastern sand forest occurs mainly on the white sands that formed part of the ocean in ancient times.
Trees that are assosciated with sand forest may be viewed in our wildlife reserve at Leopard Walk Lodge. During excavations sea shells are still to be found at our reserve as 140 million years ago, the ocean existed where sand forest is now found on these ancient sand dunes.
Tree outings – Sand forest is a fascinating habitat
Close to Leopard Walk Lodge at False Bay Park, we are fortunate to have a sand forest expert, Dr. Francois Du Randt, who arranges regular tree outings for those interested in botany and dendrology.
“Recently Francois took World renowned dendrologists including Elsa Pooley into False Bay Park and they saw what seemed to be the very rare Tricalysia maputenis. Dr. Du Randt revisited the the tree a few times and then after careful analisis decided that the tree was actually the Tricalysia junodii – both of these tree occur in the sand forest. Francois hopes to soon find the allusive and very rare Tricalysia maputenisis”
During your stay at Leopard Walk Lodge you will be situated either on the edge of the sand forest in ” Buffalo Thorn” or in the forest at “Secrets of the Forest”
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See a list and description of the many sand forest trees in and around Leopard Walk Lodge’s sand forest.
A SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT SAND FOREST TREES:
|Strychnos spinosa |
SAVANNA GRASS GENERAL
THE FOLLOWING IS A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF TREES THAT HAVE BEEN RECORDED IN SAND FOREST:
Sclerocroton integerrimum (was Sapium integerrimum),
Cantunaregam obovatum (was C.spinosa),
Searsia gueinzii (was Rhus gueinzii),
Uvaria lucida ssp. caffra,
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