Immunity-boosting shots are all the rage right now! They are a great way of getting the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that you need to give your health a boost, and they are super easy to make. They are, however, quite pricey and with the cold and flu season upon us, there isn’t a better time to learn how to make your own at home.
Ginger Turmeric Immunity-boosting Shot
(makes up to 8 servings)
1 fresh, unpeeled ginger root (medium to large size), chopped
2 oranges, chopped with rind included
1 lime, juiced
A pinch of black pepper
2 cups of filtered water
Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth
Using a fine-mesh sieve with a bowl underneath, pour the juice through the sieve to separate the pulp from the juice.
Transfer the juice from the bowl to a sealable jar or bottle. Store in the fridge for up to four days and enjoy the shots as you please (we recommend one 50-60ml shot a day.)
Turmeric stains EVERYTHING except teeth. Make sure to keep a cloth or paper towel close to immediately clean up any spilled juice.
Save the leftover pulp and add it to other juices for an added flavour.
If you visited Mabalingwe recently we are sure that you had a fantastic stay and that the Resort environment facilitated many moments which have since turned into cherished memories for you and your loved ones.
Mabalingwe is all about getting back to nature – the spectacular 9 500 hectare landscape allows you to lose yourself in an authentic South African bushveld with abundant birdlife, stunning indigenous trees and shrubs and a wide variety of wildlife. Our passion for providing a holiday destination that has family at its heart means we care about providing the perfect space for shared quality experiences and celebrating family while having fun. The Nature Reserve offers an ‘off the beaten track feel’ as you and your family spend time surrounded by bushveld, while the Entertainment Centre and various eateries provide a haven of fun-filled games and adventures for all ages. There’s something for every member of the family to enjoy at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve.
With that in mind, we would like to introduce you to Uni-Vate Properties
Uni-Vate Properties is the trusted partner for Mabalingwe Nature Reserve in timeshare sales. With a dedicated Team comprising of more than 38 years’ of experience in the timeshare industry, you can feel rest assured in Uni-Vate Properties’ quality and expertise when it comes to selecting the best possible holiday solution for you.
What is “timeshare”?
Picture yourself on holiday at your favourite destination (we hope you see Mabalingwe!). Now think about the hassle, and anxiety, involved in planning a holiday to that destination – or the frustration when there’s no availability for your preferred dates. Timeshare ownership gives you the opportunity to OWN a specific week in a 365-day cycle, in a specific chalet – at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve! That means that your choice of time period, and chalet, is booked out exclusively for you EVERY year; making you a Mabalingwe VIP.
To find out more simply visit the Uni-Vate Properties website
and browse through a curated list of available weeks to own at Mabalingwe:
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TERMITES! Found on every continent of the world, except for Antarctica, termites are a *keystone species and are the oldest known organised community on the planet, having been traced back 300 million years. Due to their remarkable ability to communicate and function as a cohesive community, these days scientists view each termite colony as a single super organism, rather than as individual insects.
*What is a “keystone species”?A keystone species plays a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem functions and this role enables other species to survive. Their absence would mean that their ecosystems would be significantly altered at the least, or would fade away completely.
Often called “white ants”, termites are in fact not ants, nor are they even closely related to ants. Ants belong to the insect order Hymenoptera, whereas termites belong to the order Isoptera. It’s the macrotermes (wood eating) termites, as found here at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, which are responsible for the large termite mounds that are a common feature of our South African (and greater African) bushveld landscapes.
But their “wood eating” label is a bit misleading, in that the plant material gathered and brought back to the colony is more a means to an end than the actual meal of the day. Macrotermes termites forage dead plant materials from the field, then chew the plant material to a pulp, which they then use to cultivate a fungus on which they actually feed.
The cultivated fungus crops need constant humidity and a temperature of around 30°C to thrive. Incredibly, the termites maintain the temperature by opening and closing ‘chimneys’ or vents in the mound. The porous walls of the mound also allow wind to remove excess heat from the nest. Termites rely on their own metabolic heat to warm the mound during cold weather. Humidity in the mound is maintained by the termites tunneling down to the underground water table, which allows for moisture to be released into the mound.
The creation and maintenance of the colony-infrastructure, ‘air-conditioning system’, food source, defences and reproductive success can only be achievable with a sophisticated intracolony (and possibly intercolony) communication system. These social insects have developed successful communication systems for a variety of contexts, such as warning and defence against predators, messaging to allow for the quick and efficient uptake of available resources, mound building and reproduction.
Studies show that termites make use of both chemical communication (pheromones) and acoustic communication. When under threat, soldier termites drum against the earth with their heads. This causes vibrations that serve as an alarm signal to the other termites. In response, worker termites retreat to the safety of the nest and soldier termites converge on the area where the drumming is originating from, to assist with defence. Truly amazing!
These incredible creatures also communicate with neighbouring colonies in regards to predator threats and, due to the fact that same species reproductive termites (winged) emerge from their mounds at exactly the same time on exactly the same day for their annual pre-summer rains reproduction process; it is thought that this must be due to successful intercolony communication.
What a GRAND creature the tiny-but-mighty termite is!
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Termite colonies have a caste structure: workers, soldiers and reproductives (including the queen).
Because of their complex communication system, the queen knows if there is a shortage of any one caste-type in the nest. For example, should a number of soldiers be killed in an ant attack on the colony, the queen will produce more soldier eggs until the balance is restored.
Reproductive cast termites (some workers become winged reproductive adults) swarm from the mound at a specific time on a day just before the start of the rainy season; in order to mate and establish a new colony, with themselves as king and queen.
Macrotermes build their large mounds very slowly. It takes them around 10 years to reach 1 metre in height and they are usually as deep as they are high.
Known termite predators include humans, aardvark, Matabele ants and some bird species.
One would think that – because animals such as rhino, buffalo, warthog and even elephants use termite mounds as scratching posts – their hard, towering work would regularly be destroyed. Fortunately, the mounds (also called termitaria) – which are built from a mixture of soil, saliva and faeces – dry as hard as concrete and are extremely difficult to break.
Termite mounds can help you get your bearings in the bush, as the tip of the mound usually leans towards North!
Considered ecosystem engineers, termite colonies are one of the most efficient organisms contributing to decomposition and recycling of dead trees and vegetation in the bushveld.
Termite mounds can be up to be five meters tall here in Africa, and extend deep underground too. Mounds have been found reaching as deep as 30 meters underground. The termite’s tunnelling and mound-building activities enriches and aerates the soil, as well as increasing the permeability of ground water.
For many animals, termite mounds are significant structures in their environment. There are many creatures that prey on termites themselves for food, such as ants, crickets, scorpions, spiders, lizards, frogs, bats, aardvarks, aardwolves, pangolins and many birds. Large predators, like cheetahs and lions use mounds as lookouts, and a large number of species make their homes inside empty termite mounds.
Common names: Aardvark, ant bear (Eng.); Aardvark (Afr.); sambane (Zulu)
I’ve always been a champion of the proverbial underdog. That’s possibly why I have always been a bit fascinated by the ‘lowly’, much over-looked Aardvark. Such an interesting looking creature! Any opportunity I have had over the years to spend time in a nature reserve has always included something of my eagerness to see one in person. Alas, no such luck! But, my hopeful search continues…
These amazing long-eared (rabbit?), long-snouted (greyhound x pig?), long-tailed (kangaroo?) critters are like ninja ecosystem engineers! Their burrows create an essential micro-living environment for a whole host of other creatures that would not survive certain climate conditions without this shelter. As many as 25 mammals, 7 birds, 6 reptiles and 1 amphibian have been found to rely on Aardvark burrows; both for short or long-term housing and as a place to raise their young. The importance of Mr Aardvark’s landlord role is highlighted by the fact that one of the birds that builds their nests in Aardvark burrows is the Critically Endangered Blue Swallow! Naturally, any impact on Aardvark presence and numbers could have significant impact on their survival.
Sadly, Aardvarks are hunted for bushmeat and are in high demand in the traditional medicine trade and have been documented in traditional medicine markets in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. In addition to this menace, Aardvark habitat loss is, unfortunately, a matter of course, due to farming and human development and expansion.
Aardvarks are nocturnal and are found throughout Africa (south of the Sahara Desert). They have exceptionally powerful feet and claws, which they use to dig their burrows. Their burrows are often complex and extensive and have multiple entrances and exits. Their claws are somewhat spade-shaped making them very efficient for digging. Once the sun sets and the day cools down, they emerge from their burrows and put their ‘spades’ to good use to dig into termite mounds to reach their favourite food. While they do eat ants, which makes them “ant eaters” they are not “Anteaters”, a completely separate species native to South America.
Did you know? These earthmoving machines can dig up to .6 metres in 15 seconds!
They are the only living representative of their species classification order, Tubulidentata and it is thought that their closest living relatives are golden moles and elephant shrews. These solitary animals only join up to mate. Females are pregnant for 7 months and only ever have 1 baby at a time and no more than 1 baby a year.
If you think these animals are fascinating too, why not ask your Mabalingwe-VRS Game Ranger about possible sightings on the Reserve, on your next Game Drive?
You can contact the Le Fera Mabalingwe-VRS Ranger Team via Reception on +27 (0) 14 001 7011