As the sun goes down and the antelope retreat into the bush, a new cast of characters claim Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate as their own. They are more elusive than their daytime counterparts, sticking to the shadows and keeping to themselves. Those who live at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate should spend a few nights watching patiently, and they will become familiar with these captivating and intriguing creatures of the night.
It starts as the last rays of sunlight flicker over the dams and the water comes alive with the enchanting sounds of the frog chorus. Each species of frog and toad add to the harmony, oblivious to each other’s calls, as they sing for a mate or to warn off competitors. The distinctive call of a Fiery-necked Nightjar adds to the symphony, while a low hoot reveals Likweti Estate’s resident Spotted Eagle Owl, as it goes on the prowl.
The bush also comes alive as the creatures of the night leave their daytime hiding places to go in search of food. A family of Thick-tailed Bushbabies cling to the branch of a knob thorn, wide-eyed and studiously watching as the world goes by. While an African Civet stalking the undergrowth in search of its insect prey, is suddenly spooked by the rustling quills of a porcupine that ambles off into the night. The moonlight reveals a Civet returning with its reptile prey.
As the first grey light of the new day lightens the eastern horizon, Epauletted Fruit Bats fill the air returning to their roosts just before dawn. This signals the end of another wild night at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate. The creatures of the night retreat once more to their daytime dwellings leaving this natural theatre, once again, to their daytime cousins.
Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate has such an amazing variety of species found on the property, making it a magical place to live. With 765 hectares to explore, it means there will always be something new and unique to see, day or night.