Monday, 25. June 2018
Mariana is an accredited tourist guide, with particular skills in the fields of birds, birding and botanising in the Western Cape.
My association with Mariana is through the Cape Bird Club's links with Tygerberg Bird Club, our "sister club" in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. Mariana is currently the Chairman of this club and has carried the position with distinction for several years.
I have no doubt that the energy, commitment and enthusiasm that Mariana brings to her role as Chairman of the Tygerberg Bird Club will be reflected equally in her tour guiding activities.
Mariana's enthusiasm is infectious. Her outgoing and friendly disposition, knowledge in her chosen field and attention to detail will assure anyone participating in her tours of a stimulating and memorable experience.
Cape Bird Club
PO Box 5022
Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
Although large mammals, like rhinoceros, lion, elephant, buffalo and hippopotamus occurred in the Western Cape in the 17th and 18th century, these unfortunately had to make way for civilisation. A number of reserves in the Western Cape have reintroduced these animals. However, when in Fynbos one should 'think small'.
The small-leaved, low-growing vegetation with very few trees is not very nutritious for large grazing animals, and one would rather find small browsers. The animal life has been adapted to the harsh conditions of long, dry and hot summers, cold and wet winters, unpalatable plants and frequent fires.
Bontebok is the rarest antelope species in South Africa, and endemic to the Western Cape. Other animals include Grysbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebuck, Cape Mountain Zebra, Leopard, Chacma Baboon, Cape Clawless Otter, Rock Hyrax, Porcupine, and a number of mongoose species.