Engineer!!

November 23rd, 2006 by Thinus 17 comments »

When: 2001 to 2006
Who: Thinus

So, na 6 jaar se karring kan ek vandag eindelik sê:

Ek’s ‘n FRIGGEN INGENIEUR!!! » Read more: Engineer!!

My Birthday in Rietvlei Dam

November 19th, 2006 by Thinus 1 comment »

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

Rhemardo Church Camp

October 8th, 2006 by Thinus No comments »

Rhemardo Mineral Springs Holiday Resort
Near: Mookgophong (Naboomspruit), Limpopo, South Africa
GPS: -24.447916, 28.609796
When: 2006-10-06 to 2006-10-08
Who: Thinus, Elizna, Carel, Dries, Marietta, Mariaan, Stefan, Martin, Hannelie, church group…

Rhemardo Church CampLimpopo Provinsie hou sover die rekord vir die meeste bestemmings van ek begin tel het. Dis wat gebeur as jy van warm vakansie wil hou – neuk noord! Maar hierdie keer het ons nie die plek gekies nie. Dit was Philadelphia gemeente se jaarlikse kerk kamp, en ons ‘kamp groepie’ het besluit om saam die groot mense te gaan. Hulle het vir ‘n deel namens ons betaal, so ons kon nie nee sê nie :-) » Read more: Rhemardo Church Camp

Birding in Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve

September 30th, 2006 by Thinus 1 comment »

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

My Birdlist

September 15th, 2006 by Thinus No comments »

Last updated: 2007-06-01
outings.thinusbotha.co.za/birdlist/

As the number of birds on my list picks up, I at last found some time to set up my official list of bird species seen so far. This list will only show the unique species I’ve seen and where I’ve seen them for the first time. (aka my Life List, in birder lingo).

Take a look and leave a comment if you find something interesting, name a cool place to go and explore, or just share something with us all about one of your special birds on your list.

Kloofing and Abseiling in Magaliesberg

September 15th, 2006 by Thinus 1 comment »

Fernkloof, Bergheim Holiday Resort
Near: Rustenburg, North West, South Africa
GPS: -25.79589, 27.32048
When: 2006-09-15 to 2006-09-17
Who: Thinus, Naas, Dries, Elizna, Marietta, Anculien, Stefan, Mariaan, Willie, Chris, Marco, Larry…

Kloofing and Abseiling in MagaliesbergWe’ve been long time overdue again for a bigger group weekend so that we can meet new people that’s eager to just get out. The issue was – to get people that you don’t know yet to go with you on a trip (and their parents to pay for it), you need to make it look like its organized. And if you wanna claim that its going to involve hiking in a gorge (aka kloofing) with backpack swimming in 2 degree mountain streams and abseiling down 30m cliffs, you need to proof (in triplicate) that there’s going to be someone with responsibility. » Read more: Kloofing and Abseiling in Magaliesberg

Logista Weesgerus Weekend

September 1st, 2006 by Thinus 1 comment »

Weesgerus Holiday Resort
Near: Nylstroom, Limpopo, South Africa
GPS: -24.680415, 28.385312
When: 2006-09-01 to 2006-09-03
Who: Thinus, BKR Logista personel and their friends
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Logista Weesgerus WeekendArriving at the resort late Friday afternoon we found the atmosphere very relaxed. Most people were already at the pools drinking a beer or something. I walked around exploring the place a bit, and found a little walking trail exiting just next to the tar road leading to the chalets. » Read more: Logista Weesgerus Weekend

Sailing Club Regatta

August 13th, 2006 by Thinus 2 comments »

Bronkhorstbaai Dam
Near: Bronkhorstpruit, Gauteng, South Africa
GPS: -25.906526, 28.6955253
When: 2006-08-13
Who: Thinus, Tienie, Elbie, ThinusH and his family, Louis
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Sailing Club RegattaA friend I work with, also named Thinus, owns a Catamaran sail boat, a Hobie 16. We got invited first for a casual sail with him, his brother and Louis, another friend I work with. We also hired the club’s Hobie 16, which is almost identical to Thinus’. » Read more: Sailing Club Regatta