Guinea Fowl Folklore & Facts

Guinea Fowl Folklore & Facts

Monday, 19 Feb 2018

Origins – the Blessing of the ‘fat ones’

Our people, throughout Africa, believed many strange things regarding birds. First of all, the general name for a bird in Zulu is ingonyi, while in Sesotho and Tswana it is ngonyani. These are beautiful, strange and mystical African words, which mean ‘fat’ and ‘fattening’.

Now… what has a bird to do with being fat? And even more so, what does an African  ‘fat’ bird have to do with the origins of Tzaneen Country Lodge? 

Like the animal herds that used to criss-cross the face of Africa, birds were bringers of fertility. Africans believed that the great bird migrations that used to come into our South African skies at certain times of the year brought fertility to or ‘fattened’ the land. For this reason, a bird, any bird, is called the fertiliser or the fattener… ingonyi.

The Tzaneen Country Lodge is situated on the farm “Tarentaal” in an area commonly referred to as “Tarentaalrand”.  Tarentaal is the Afrikaans name for an Guinea Fowl.

The Guinea Fowl with the speckled feathers is symbolic for the blessings that is bestowed upon this farmland and therefore this iconic bird is firmly captured in the corporate identity of Tzaneen Country Lodge.

One of the unique features Tzaneen Country Lodge offers guests, visitors and passerby’s is our unique family friendly animal touch farm and tea garden which is called Mhangela.  Mhangela, the Tsonga word for Guineafowl forms part of the Tzaneen Country Lodge’s corporate identity.



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