The Department of Quantum Physics of the University of KwaZulu Natal will be holding the Quantum Diamond 2016 Conference at Ivory Tree Lodge, Pilansberg, South Africa – www.ivorytree.co.za

The Conference will run from Monday April 4 to Friday April 8, 2016.

A History of the Pilanesberg

The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg Game Reserve – a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1300 million years ago.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills – the formation rises from the surrounding plains like a bubble.

The structure of the park is termed the “Pilanesberg Game Reserve Alkaline Ring Complex”. Ancient, even by geological time scales, this extinct volcano is the most perfect example of an alkaline ring complex in the world. A number of rare (but not necessarily economically important) minerals occur in the park. Pilanesberg National Park rates high amongst the world’s outstanding geological phenomena. Pilanesberg Game Reserve has survived ages of erosion and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains.

The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park. The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as “Bushveld”.

Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone. Springbok, brown hyena, the red eyed bulbul, and camel thorn trees usually found in arid areas are found cohabitation with moist-area-limited impala, black eyed bulbul and Cape chestnut trees.


Birds of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a birders paradise with over 300 species being recorded. The best time for bird viewing is the summer months where one can one record over 80 species in a single day.What makes the park popular amoungst birders is the six great bird hides dispersed over the reserve which gives guests the opportunity to get out of their vehicles, stretch their legs and enjoy the birdlife. When planning which hide to visit and photograph birds keep the following in mind:

  • West-facing hides: Rathogo provides good photographic lighting in the mornings.
  • East-facing hides: Ruighoek , Mankwe & Malatse are great in the afternoons.
  • North-facing hides: Makorwane and Batlhako are better suited to low light photography on cloudy days.

Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers bird drives which are tailor made to suit everyone, from someone starting out to experience the great joy of Birding to the experienced “Twitcher” looking for that ever elusive “Lifer Tick” to add to their list.


One of the most popular hides in the park is Mankwe Hide. The dam attracts many water birds such as blacksmith lapwings, grey, black-headed and Goliath herons, pied kingfishers, malachite kingfisher, great white egrets, Egyptian geese and white-faced whistling ducks to name a few. Also be on the look out for the African fish eagle which is seen perching high above overlooking the dam.


Delegates who would like to take advantage of being in Africa to participate in  Pre or Post Conference tours or safaris are invited to contact Zulwini Tours and Safaris on the following web site http://www.zulwini.com/conference-tours  where their contact details and a selection of possible trips and safaris are detailed.

Venues for Conferences in Africa is co-ordinating and organising the conference.

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