Archive for the ‘South Africa’ 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

Mouth open for the Openbill

January 4th, 2010
African Openbill

Openbill vs. Plover

Centurion with its disappearing wetlands and clinging on for dear life little rivers does indeed still have its welcome surprises:

I went mountain biking today, and on my way back drove past a small patch of water close to Eco Park Estate’s entrance. Here I saw a lost, but equally placid with its new Blacksmith Plover friends, African Openbill Stork.

With its large beak and separated mandibles touching only at the tip, it was doing its little bit to catch frogs which might make it strong and help it get of the IUCN endangered animals list.

I could get quite close to take a picture. This is my first time to see one, and I will check up on its welfare every time I cycle here.

Finding the Nothern Pintail Duck

June 23rd, 2007

Diepsloot Nature Reserve
Near: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.93688, 27.98807
When: 2007-06-23
Who: Thinus, Martin, Hannelie

Finding the Nothern Pintail DuckThe early morning’s thinnest sliver of light appeared silently. Several billion trillion tons of super hot exploding hydrogen nuclei rose slowly above the horizon and managed to look small, cold and slightly damp. There is a moment in every dawn when light floats, when there is the possibility of magic. Creation holds its breath… » Read more: Finding the Nothern Pintail Duck

Marsh Owl in Centurion

May 23rd, 2007

Eco Park Estate
Near: Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.87323, 28.18467
When: 2007-05-23
Who: Thinus

Marsh Owl in Centurion This saga unfolds on one of my more frequent ‘outings’. See, Tuesdays and Thursdays are “lets see if we can fit 3 days into one” days at one of the places where I work. Louis, ThinusH and me then try and re-invent the word ‘overtime’ by working till about 1am. Considering that our day starts at around 8am, to the untrained ear this might sound quite hectic. But, around 5pm we go mountain biking together for about an hour in the hills of Centurion and Zwartkops. This means we get out, see the sun and sweat a bit. Actually we have nothing to complain about. (And we don’t). » Read more: Marsh Owl in Centurion

Vasbyt Hiking Trip

May 13th, 2007

Vasbyt Hiking Trail
Near: Mookgophong, Limpopo, South Africa
GPS: -24.39919, 28.44141
When: 2007-05-11 to 2007-05-13
Who: Thinus, Hendrik, Maatje, Jadrie, Francois, Etienne

Vasbyt Hiking TripOne of the 17 things I like about hiking with the Barnard’s is that you eat like a king! They picked me up after work and we set off on the 216km weekend-busy N1 Limpopo Highway while catching up on stories about work, school, girls and un-roadworthy-over-loaded taxis taking up all the safe-following-distance space. » Read more: Vasbyt Hiking Trip

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

Camping in Warmbad

March 23rd, 2007

Warmbad Holiday Resort
Near: Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa
GPS: -24.88815, 28.29005
When: 2007-03-23 to 2007-03-25
Who: Thinus, Dries, Hermanus, Elizna

Camping in Warmbad Warmbaths, or now Bela-Bela, hosts one of the most classic resorts in South Africa – everyone I know has been here before. Except for me. » Read more: Camping in Warmbad