Archive for the ‘Nature Reserves’ category

A Kruger Getaway

August 16th, 2010

Pretoriuskop Camp, Kruger National Park
Near: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
GPS: -25.16949, 31.26876
When: 2007-06-23

Highveld Sunrise

Highveld Sunrise

Driving through a before-sunrise white wonderland of, well, frost, we made our way east to the Kruger National Park. We are very fond of our birthday getaways there and making this the new RAV’s first one, we’re sure that it would be as special and memorable… » Read more: A Kruger Getaway

Ezemvelo Hike

April 28th, 2007

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve Hiking Trail
Near: Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.70826, 28.93009
When: 2007-04-26 to 2007-04-28
Who: Thinus, Werner, Dries, Naas, Heleen, Ester, Elizna
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Ezemvelo HikeBeing our first organized hike for this year, the criteria was simple – be close by, short, easy and cheap. And that’s just the people we hoped would come and join us. (For the full criteria, see the comments below this post). Bottom line is – the long weekend was here and we were going hiking! » Read more: Ezemvelo Hike

My New Boat

April 22nd, 2007

Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve
Near: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.62145, 28.34202
When: 2007-04-21 to 2007-04-22
Who: Thinus, Werner

My New Boat This story starts with my buddy Werner and me innocently walking into the new Outdoor Warehouse that opened close to our flat in Centurion. We just wanted to kill an otherwise boring Saturday afternoon… » Read more: My New Boat

My Birthday in Rietvlei Dam

November 19th, 2006

Rietvlei Dam Resort
Near: Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.86937, 28.269236
When: 2006-11-18 to 2006-11-19
Who: Thinus, Naas, Werner, Dries, Marietta, Rudi, Mary-Ann, Corne

My Birthday in Rietvlei DamUsually it rains when we go camping but this time it poured! There were robot crossings where we couldn’t go through because of boulders being washed down the streets. Bad news, as I arranged this date so nicely to coincide with one of the liveliest meteor showers in the year, the Leonid Meteor Shower. It happens right on my b-day, but being November, and our rainy season, not visible every time. » Read more: My Birthday in Rietvlei Dam

Birding in Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve

September 30th, 2006

Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve
Near: Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -
25.88242, 28.26430
When: 2006-09-30
Who: Thinus

Rietvlei Dam Nature ReserveRietvlei Dam Nature Reserve is a 4000 hectare reserve, one of a very few situated in the grassland biome on the highveld of Southern Africa. This means there’s not a rich diversity of bird species, but still it hosts many of the endemics of Southern Africa. About 80 different bird species can be seen in a good morning/afternoon trip. It is also a sanctuary for rhino, buffalo and various antelope species. » Read more: Birding in Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve

Mkuze Game Reserve

April 17th, 2006

Mkuze Game Reserve
Where: Zulu Land, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
GPS: -27.59455, 32.22029
When: 2006-04-14 to 2006-04-17

Mkuze First this: by now the bird watching bug has bitten deep into us, so I was over excited when I got invited to Mkuze. Of the just over 950 bird species that Southern Africa has to offer, this 40 000 hectare game reserve in northern Zululand hosts more than half. It is said that an experienced eye can see over 200 species in one visit. » Read more: Mkuze Game Reserve

Zwartkops Nature Reserve

April 9th, 2006

Zwartkops Nature Reserve
Near: Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.834206, 28.1253
When: 2006-04-09

This is one of those places where I picked up a map (or actually opened one on my laptop) and drove to the first nicely sized green area I found on it. The Zwartkops Nature Reserve is on the western side of Centurion, less than 15 minutes’ drive from home. I paid the R20 entry, and was again immediately astonished by the vast amounts of lovely green parks that lies hidden in our capital. » Read more: Zwartkops Nature Reserve

Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

April 2nd, 2006

Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
Near: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.772397, 28.29855
When: 2006-04-02

I heard about this little tea garden, called Plumbago, and set of early morning to have pancakes and coffee for breakfast. Tucked away next to the busy Hans Strydom road, hides this small farm style kitchen and a few tables outside under umbrellas. » Read more: Faerie Glen Nature Reserve