Travel Blogs from Enkosini, South Africa

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And Relax... maybe, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

And Relax... maybe

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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... and have finished removing a fenceline between Lower Horse Tree and 4x4 which is great. I had a small success in that I finally got a South African number after many a week trying to simply get a sim card and then having many an issue with a new law about ...

Building Bridges, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Building Bridges

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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Sightings: kudu, red hartebeest, warthog, Lourie (bird), flying termites, frogs Today the big plan was to fox Mitch's Bridge. We were due to leave at 0700 but didn't get into the bakkie until somewhere around 0730. (This is apparently a regular ...

Up and Down and Up and Down... and an Ice-pack, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Up and Down and Up and Down... and an Ice-pack

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So typing is a little hard today as my hand is 3 times the size it normally should be but I'll keep going anyway... Sightings: 7 warthog, 3 baboon troops, 4 red hartebeest (and one calf), malachite kingfisher, franklins, mini quail-chickens and their ...

Birthdays are Supposed to Be Good Days, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Birthdays are Supposed to Be Good Days

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 [some comments removed] But in terms of stuff I’ve been doing aside from that, yesterday, R and I went to Zebra Plains to try to spot the zebra and giraffe. There are concerns the herd of 8 has lost one of the zebra because in the last week, ...

Finding New Roads, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Finding New Roads

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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... until it was finally decided to get Ch, who would know all. (This guy really does and, aside from being very much 'old’ South Africa (if you get what I mean) he is such a nice guy, and he really tries to teach you stuff rather than just doing it.) ...

A Day Off In 'Busy' Lydenburg, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

A Day Off In 'Busy' Lydenburg

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... café that there’s no way I would have found without someone knowing it even existed… back alleys are not my thing in South Africa, haha. But, my gosh, it’s so cheap. R45 (about $7.50) for 75min. We drove back with K’s Mum, Ca, ...

First Aid and The Honey Badger, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

First Aid and The Honey Badger

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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... an inventory for a Blue Box of random goodies that we found the other day. I noted things like Omo, Sunlight (an South African brand of wonder soap/ laundry product), lollies, canned beef, canned pilchards, toothpaste, tea, coffee, milk, methol scented ...

A Bloody War and a Sickly Season, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

A Bloody War and a Sickly Season

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... quad. So as the saying goes - promotion by default. For a while today I was the only ranger and therefore head ranger at Enkosini.  [some comments removed] F left this morning in the bakkie to Lydenburg. I saw him off, and packed our stuff in to go ...

Mama Never Said There'd Be Days Like This, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Mama Never Said There'd Be Days Like This

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... , nuclear power, ocean depths, helicopters vs microlites, what might live in aardvark (aka ant bear) holes and the general Enkosini related questions. A I think likes them too but it's quite funny because I think they were so excited on their first night ...

Feelin' Hot Hot Hot, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Feelin' Hot Hot Hot

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 [some comments removed] Meanwhile, I’ve been doing more orientation and trying to learn the roads (even more important now!). I got to see some more of the animals – even a few of the smaller being caterpillars of all shapes and sizes, ...

New Years Ranger Style, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

New Years Ranger Style

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... . (A little too much though – there is so much left over!) We had to wait for the fire to die down a bit so we watched some South Park before cooking the meat. After we ate, 2 of the volunteers came down to join us and we had the start of F’s ...

An Update and a Visit to Kruger, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

An Update and a Visit to Kruger

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Well, so much has happened I've been quite bad at updating anything lately. Last week we headed to Kruger for 3 days which was nice. A chance to see some big animals other than the odd antelope of ostrich is always welcome in my books. We were really ...

Getting Charged by a Warthog Named Rusty, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Getting Charged by a Warthog Named Rusty

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Yesterday the plan was to walk out to the rock paintings and then on to North Gate for a boundary check. It was all simple enough so at the usual start time of 0800 we set off down to the cliffs were the paintings are. Rusty was hanging around as usual. ...

Lazy Days, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Lazy Days

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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Sightings: Kudu, Baboons, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest Another week gone at Enkosini. It's interesting how some weeks you’re right into things and the next you just feel like a total blob and end up having a lazy week. Admittedly it didn’t help ...

Second Time Lucky, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Second Time Lucky

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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And a short update - I'm back to wanting to leave again. I'm not going to Kruger (for perfectly legitimate reasons of which I don't have any issue with but I was looking forward to going), I've ended up going head to head with M who was probably the ...

No Fishing, Breaks Causing Breaks & Safe Entries, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

No Fishing, Breaks Causing Breaks & Safe Entries

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... up Ca and P to head back the news was that we may even have to stay in town because there had been so much rain at Enkosini that one, possibly more, of the bridges and roads had washed away! We headed back anyway but were prepared for the worst. The roads ...

Considerations, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Considerations

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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Today has been much better in terms of goings on but at the same time I'm still half-half about staying or going. Today we woke up to meet the bakkies going into Lydenburg to do all the shopping, etc for everyone. I had my fingers crossed my laundry and ...

The Rain Gods and the Shower Gods in Cahoots, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

The Rain Gods and the Shower Gods in Cahoots

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Sightings: 8 Warthog (and 6 piglets), 2 kudu, 4 Red Hartebeest, a lizard, guinea fowl, monkey tracks, reedbuck tracks Everyone did come back wet the other day, it meant that I had to go down to the stream to get the pump too which I'm never doing by ...

More Hitting the Proverbial, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

More Hitting the Proverbial

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Sightings: 6 Red Hartebeest, 3 kudu, the weird bird, 1 chameleon,  [some comments removed] Yesterday was all about F heading up to Sakabosch to deliver some things to the workers now living there. He came back from that saying that [some comments ...

Animals Abound, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Animals Abound

A travel blog entry by purplebuggy

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Sightings: 8 impala, 1 dung beetle, 1 kudu, baboons, 2 guinea fowl, 1 grey duiker, a rainbow coloured bird, a king fisher and the usual weavers and other bird that made nests by my cabin, and the big gecko by the toilet (who now moved to the firewood ...

Day 1 and Straight Into It, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Day 1 and Straight Into It

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... with 2 of the rangers who I was to be working with. After lunch we were to do all the shopping for the entire of Enkosini. This involved spending 3˝ hours at Spar buying groceries. And then we still had to pick up pizza, washing and our luggage before ...

Simon on a High, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

Simon on a High

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Just a short entry - today is cleaning stations day and preparations for new people coming. 1 new volunteer (who's been here before) and the 2 new co-ordinators. I'm enjoying a fanta and we're scraping together the remnants of what little food is left in ...

A Bakkie, A Cliff and a Hill You Can't Get Up, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

A Bakkie, A Cliff and a Hill You Can't Get Up

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Sightings: Ostrich, Chameleon, Red Hartebeest, Baboon, Vervets (who given I'm on 'older' vervet monkey feeding duty I don't think I need to mention sightings of them anymore...) Today I was just showing the new Co-ordinators around the place. Something ...

feet and tents, Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa travel blog

feet and tents

A travel blog entry by katieontherun

... tent and piling on the floor. More wind during the day but brighter skies and finally some warmth. Still no plan for after Enkosini. I'm out of tees and other shirts, literally down to my last shirt after all that rain. Nothing would dry in our ...

gypsies and the law, Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa travel blog

gypsies and the law

A travel blog entry by katieontherun

Great sunny day yesterday, took a nap with Monks the protective little shit (he will sit with one person and then attack most anyone who'll approach with a ferocity that's actually scary) by the river up on some rocks. I climbed and he was hitching a ...

quotes of the week, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

quotes of the week

A travel blog entry by katieontherun

... tummies among the crew. I've had a few explanations as to why certain things are done the way they're done in South Africa. From what I hear from the South Africans, Mitch and Nic and Shannon, there's nothing but networking among the politicians and ...

rugby and The Hand, Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa travel blog

rugby and The Hand

A travel blog entry by katieontherun

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Broke my hand on my very last day at Enkosini playing a (friendly) game of rugby for the first time in my life, how lucky does one get? Well it was worth it. Needless to say, as of today, I'll be typing 'single-handedly'... ...

monkey attack, Enkosini, South Africa travel blog

monkey attack

A travel blog entry by katieontherun

More bad weather and day of a major monkey attack: he bit Laura's nose and gave her a nasty cut. Also I'm getting just a little pissed off with people continuously pointing out what not they did for the good of mankind that day (oh! mopped the bathroom. ...

tenting in the ed center, Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa travel blog

tenting in the ed center

A travel blog entry by katieontherun

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Physical and artsy day: brush-cutting, fixing one wall of the water tower that developed sizable cracks and making bamboo lampshades (or not), sawing and drilling away. And finally out of the wetness and into our tents in the education center/lecture ...

Meet the animals, Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary, South Africa travel blog

Meet the animals

A travel blog entry by katieontherun

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... the tortoise, a bit shy, who likes cucumber and lettuce, and Piggy the pig. Also, and again very much enclosed, there is a South American satanic-looking monkey by the name of flea who possesses gremlin features and a long bushy tail. Then there are a few ...

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