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Sean Zeederberg

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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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Very interesting. Trees no matter what type are a great asset. Tanks for the blog.

Thank you so much, James.

Such a beautiful tree and it is interesting to hear that there is only 1 tree at Londolozi. I am sure you had a wonderful getaway at the Gonarezhou Park with your family. It would be wonderful if Londolozi could have more of those Nyala trees.

Thank you, Valmai! I’m glad you found the information about the Nyala tree intriguing. Our getaway at Gonarezhou Park was indeed wonderful, especially surrounded by such natural beauty. I completely agree; it would be fantastic if Londolozi could have more Nyala trees.

Lovely article on this interesting and beautiful tree, Sean.

Thank you, Christa. They are such awesome trees.

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Fascinating to hear about Gonarezhou National Park, which I’d honestly never heard of despite frequent visits to the Kruger, as well as the Nyala tree. If the one Nyala tree has survived the frost for 40 to 50 years, I wonder why it hasn’t seeded any offspring?

Gonarezhou National Park is a phenomenal part of the world. I was in awe the entire time. I have never seen this Nyala tree fruiting and so either it gets too cold in the winter here that it ends up affecting the plants ability to flower. I will keep a close eye out to see if it flowers after warmer, frost-free winters. I do know that the trees have bisexual flowers, meaning that they are essentially able to self-pollinate.

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Thanks for that explanation, Sean, makes sense on the inability of the tree to fruit. It’s like a lonely avocado tree! I hope animal numbers continue to recover in Gonarezhou, seems the scenery is stunning but wildlife can be a little lacking, and skittish?

I think the wildlife is on a fast track to recovery there. We saw a significant amount of wildlife while we were there. Relaxed elephants, two prides of lions, wild dogs, buffalo and all the other general game one would expect. Everything was calm, not aggressive, and almost as though we were at Londolozi.

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Lovely post and fascinating. Thank you! However I would love to hear more about your camping trip 🙂

Thank you, Johanna! The camping trip was indeed a truly ethereal experience. The sheer beauty and tranquility we immersed ourselves in for two weeks were nothing short of phenomenal. If you have any specific aspects of the trip you’d like to hear more about, feel free to let me know—I’d be delighted to share more details!

There are anomalies everywhere! Certainly a very special, resilient Nyala tree you have in Londolozi! Most resilient is you and your wife taking your two littles CAMPING for two weeks! 😉 Wonderful! Do you all have to make reservations to set up camp in the different parks like we do here in California?

Thank you, Anita. We thoroughly enjoy exploring and getting out into wild places like Gonarezhou. Yes, you need to make a reservation for the particular campsites, of which there are a number of different ones throughout the reserve.

Sean, thanks for continuing. my education. Nyala trees are certainly unique as are many species .. Hope Londolozi can be the recipient of additional Nyala trees.

Let’s hope so. They are such awesome trees and it would be amazing to one day see Londolozi’s riverbanks decorated with Nyala trees, however, this is probably rather unlikely.

This is the second time I read about these special creatures, and both times by you! I think I watched documentary about it, there was a small series about African trees of the south, like Sausage tree, Marula, Acacia, fig tree and so on. I don’t remember about Nyala trees. They deserve more publicity, trees are not only basically important but also so beautiful and offer us so much. And plants are the most trafficked living beings, victimes of a silent extinction…

They are such remarkable trees and after our recent trip to Gonarezhou I was blown away by them.

I was fascinated by your informative blog referencing the Nyala Tree and the healthy population that exists within Gonarezhou Park. I had believed the climate experienced in the Sabi Sand reserve was the same as KNP considering they adjoin one another. Therefore, it’s curious Nyala trees line the riverbank in one place but only one exists in Londolozi. Do any of the other properties nearby have any Nyala Trees? It’s wonderful that you were able to spend your leave with your family in such a beautiful place in the comfort of your new camper van.

Your trip sounds fabulous, Sean, what did young Seb make of it? I thought the same as Denise, that KNP would have a very similar climate to Londolozi. Are the Nyala trees scattered throughout KNP?

Suzanne, it was a sensational trip! I keep having the urge to pack up the vehicle and head straight back there. Seb absolutely loved it and was so amazing while we were there.

I think it is the latitude that varies between the KNP and Gonarezhou. So they are both classified as the lowveld in terms of the altitude, but because Gonarezhou is closer to the equator it doesn’t get as cold during the winter and therefore the likelihood of frost is much lower. There are a number of Nyala trees that are scattered throughout the Sabi Sands and the KNP but they are not as prolific as further north.

Sean, why not plant some Nyala trees at Londolozi? In the beginning, there was a lot of habitat restoration done at Londolozi, late 1970s and early 1980s. I suspect there would not be any negative unforeseen consequences of changing the web of life, in this case. It would be a great project, combine with planing other rare trees at Londolozi. If one can survive, I am sure others would too.

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