Every morning my husband, Chris, and I walk at the golf course in Cradock with the dogs (German shepherds that are keen but useless hunters, thank goodness).
Pilanesberg National Park, 1 of Southern Africa’s biggest, is only just under 2 hours from Johannesburg. Known for its beauty, its basin provides a natural sanctuary ringed by mountains.
If you allow yourself to be fully present, travel can have a spiritual dimension, taking you out of your mind’s clutter and awakening you to the glorious unbounded present.
I am the most frivolous kind of birder. The larger and more colourful the bird, the happier I am. Ask me to identify an LBJ (little brown job) and I’ll immediately find something better to do.
I nearly tripped over a Karoo dwarf chameleon last week. Literally. He was in my garden, treading carefully over the lawn. I could not resist picking him up.
The baboons hereabouts are quick learners. When confronted with sliding doors, the baboons of Pringle Bay simply lift them off the rails, and put them gently against a wall.
In fact, lodge pools double up as interesting alternative waterholes for animals, especially elephants, which are also quite partial to carefully planted shade trees.
Odd things happen when farmland is transformed into nature reserves. We encountered 1 such example recently at the stunning Haaspoort Private Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape.
I always thought the springbok’s scientific name, Antidorcas marsupialis, mentioned marsupials because of the bouncy tendencies of both.
Just outside the ostrich farming town of Oudtshoorn in the Karoo, once famous for its feathers and ‘feather palaces’ where the ostrich farmers lived it up, you can now take a meerkat tour with conservationist Devey Glinister.
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