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Travel Blogs from Waterberg
... nature was happy and the South Africans were grumpy.
It rained almost the whole day. Great for the farm!
Tomorrow I will drive back south in order to visit other friends.
New Years eve will be spent in Bedfordview. The Indian way :-)
I do wish you all the best and health and love for 2014, from the southern hemisphere.
(Be careful with the firecrackers!!!!!!)
... egg is considered an “insurance policy”; if the first
chick is strong and healthy the parents will ignore the second chick
until it dies of starvation. This is because a massive amount of
energy and work goes into caring for just one chick who grows from a
palm sized creature to it's full size in just three months. The
juveniles are fed and cared for until they are 2-3 years old but they
remain with the group, taking care of themselves, for ...
... Normally, this would be
fine and we would keep tabs on her until she rejoined the group, but
she began acting strangely. She wandered until she found a fence line
on the reserve and then she started pacing it. Every time we would
track her down she'd be there, pacing the fence, seemingly not even
stopping to forage. We began to grow concerned both for her health
and for the fact that this particular stretch of fence line was a
... was dangerous for both
humans and animals. Unfortunately many of these early culled
elephants were considered unmanageable, shot, and replaced once
better science provided a better method.
This is where the 9 Mabula elephants came from – the only
remaining ones from the original culling groups. They were young when
they were relocated, and for several years they hid in the areas of
dense bush, not bonding with each other, and causing problems ...
... Game Reserve, and settling into the little caravan
where I would sleep. In my attempts to adjust to my new time zone as
quickly as possible by forcing myself to stay awake until sundown, I
agreed to join Hein and Nthabiseng when they went out to search for
our birds. We found them easily enough, foraging on the Mannekamp
Plain, about a five minute drive from our base. Even though I'd seen
pictures and videos, I ...