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Visiting Ngwenya during production of 50/50 Documentary - December 2003

Hippos as seen from guest chalets. Click for enlargementNgwenya Lodge is nestled on the banks of the Crocodile River adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga. Besides having the exciting opportunity of watching the Big Five and other animals drinking and grazing on the banks of the river from your veranda, this lodge has set the standard for bat eco-tourism in South Africa.

The 50/50 documentary on bats was arranged by Nigel Fernsby (GNoR BIG Chairman) & dr. Brian Whiting (director of Winchester Marketing and a director of the share block company at Ngwenya Lodge). With their comprehensive knowledge about bats as well as other fauna & flora in the area, they provided an interesting and educational experience for everybody, including curious guests, especially children.

Some of the bat species photographed, captured and identified were:

  • Sundevall's leaf-nosed bats, Hipposideros caffer
  • Mauritian tomb bats, Taphozous mauritianus
  • Banana Bats, Neoromicia nanus
  • Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bats, Epomophorus wahlbergi
  • Angolan free-tailed bats, Tadarida condylura
  • Little Free-tailed bats, Tadarida pumila

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Large Bat Box at Ngwenya

50/50 Team with Janine Grobler, Phillip, Brian, Nigel & Bianca

Sundevalls roosting in store room

Large Bat House housing thousands of Angolan Free Tailed Bats

Filming of 50/50  documentary in progress

Store room occupied by Sundevall's Leaf Nosed bats & babies

Mauritian Tomb Bat mom with baby under wing Banana Bat Roost Banana Bat under examination
Mauritian tomb bat mother with baby under wing

Nigel carefully opening Banana Bat roost in banana leaf

Banana Bat
Wahlbergs under veranda thatch Wahlbergs under Mahogany Orphaned baby free tailed bat
Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bats under thatch Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat roosting in Natal Mahogany tree Orphaned baby free tailed bat
First known bat house in SA, Komatipoort Angolan free-tailed bat Ngwenya - thanks Brian! Sundevalls, Ngwenya - thanks to Brian!
First Bat House in SA at Komatipoort. Angolan Free Tailed bat. Photo: courtesy Brian Whiting Sundevall's leaf-nosed bat. Photo: courtesy Brian Whiting



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