Tourist Attractions of Limpopo
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Exploring the North3:44pm 8 Jul
By George Brits
The far northern parts of the country are a long way from Cape Town. And with a whole country of attractions in between, it’s been years since the last time we had been up there. In fact, we have never been to the far north of the Kruger. So, when the invite to a friend’s daughter’s wedding in Hoedspruit arrived, we thought: ‘It’s about time…’
The Ups and Downs of Mapungubwe
Mapungubwe has always been on our ‘to do’ list, and that was where we headed after the wedding. In what came to characterise our trip, we only arrived at reception at 5:30pm (it gets...
Baobab Hill Bush Camp7:20pm 18 Jul
Words Harriet Nimmo, pics Mike Kendrick
One of the biggest drawcards of Pafuri, in the Makuleke Concession, are the regular sightings of Pel’s fishing owl. Now, in addition to the lodge option, there’s luxury self-catering.
I have fallen in love with Kruger all over again. Having previously somewhat dismissed the far north of Kruger as “just mopane and not much game”, I have been proved wrong. Remarkably, the north has now become my favourite part of the park.
For a group of friends who want to get away from it all, there’s an exciting new...
Caution: Black Mamba Territory8:27pm 23 Feb
The sisters of the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) are not doing it for themselves but for the entire world—putting their own lives on the line every day in an effort to save our precious rhino. The APU was founded by Transfrontier Africa to protect the Olifants West region of Balule Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
The area in which the Black Mambas patrol is a free-range savannah ecosystem with open borders to the Kruger. The highly endangered black rhino as well as the white rhino are strongly represented in this location.
Girls gone Birding9:55pm 1 Oct
Words Rachel Lang & Lauren de Vos, pics Ben Coley & Rachel Lang
What happens when the vibrant party of birdwatchers you’re with are just as colourful as the birds themselves? When the quiet, contemplative moments so necessary for taking in new information are matched by fits of laughter? The helpless, stomach-crunching kind that makes you wonder, in between thinking about racquet-tailed rollers and red-backed shrikes, whether youíll have developed a six-pack by the end of the week. It was like being the naughty kid I never was at school, except that our feathered subjects...
Appetite for Adventure9:55pm 27 Aug
Words and pics Albie Venter
Walking amongst large animals is a huge drawcard for both guides and guests. Being able to get within a reasonable distance from an elephant herd and viewing them without disturbance on foot is a great rush. Intense training is involved to make a potentially problematic situation seem effortless. The Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA) stipulates that guides wanting to qualify as a trails guide back-up need a minimum of 50 hours on foot in dangerous game territory, while lead trails guides have to rack up at least 300 hours.
On the day I...
Hail the High and Mighty8:54pm 19 Mar
Words Keri Harvey, pics Keri Harvey and supplied
Kruger’s Magnificent Seven elephants were so named for their giant tusks. Since the last of them died 30 years ago, 15 new princes to the throne have been chosen. They are the Emerging Tuskers.
We are up early, ready to leave when the gate opens at Letaba Rest Camp in northern Kruger. The first light of day offers excellent game viewing and sightings of interesting animal behaviour, and we’re not missing the action for anything. In the picnic basket...
Look at the whole scene for additional information10:49am 1 Nov
Look at the whole scene for additional information
In the bushveld, one always has to be aware of one’s surroundings. For example, a tracker following a pride of lions for his guests would do very well to look at the shadows underneath the trees before he ends up on the menu – but when you are inexperienced, it it hard not to focus entirely on the problem instead of looking around. Thus, the final ingredient that I learnt during Track & Sign week with Bushwise Field Guides, was to always take a step back and look at the entire scene as well. You will often find...
Analyse the detail within the problem9:30am 31 Oct
Analyse the detail within the problem
Here we see a civet track… or is it a genet? Maybe a small leopard? Or a tiny lion? Maybe even a wildcat! Tracks are wonderfully detailed things, and the third step that I learnt during Track & Sign week with Bushwise Field Guides, is to look at all the little details within the problem. In a potentially confusing example like this, for example, here the shape and position of the toes lead to African Civet, and the size comparison to the Blue Wildebeest track next to it confirms this.
- Erik Brits
Evaluate the direction of the problem9:30am 30 Oct
Evaluate the direction of the problem
Unfortunately, there are no “footprint marshals” instructing our wildlife to politely step around each other’s tracks, and to only step neatly and firmly in soft soil. As a result, tracks can become muddled, and in order to identify the one you are investigating, it helps a lot to be able to gather extra information, such as a matching track from the other foot, or a clue about the behaviour of the animal. To do any of this, it helps tremendously to know where to look. Thus, determining the direction of the animal is invaluable,...
Optimise your lighting9:30am 29 Oct
Optimise your lighting
Tracks are delicate, intricate things beyond belief. The amount of detail that a patch of earth, slightly disturbed, can convey to an experienced reader, is astonishing. When looking at tracks then, external factors such as casting your own shadow over the track you are investigating, can make your efforts at interpreting the sign significantly harder. Glare can also be very influential. Thus, the first thing I learnt during my track & sign week with Bushwise Field Guides was to be aware of my location and position myself appropriately when...
Tracks and Tribulations7:35pm 28 Oct
By Erik Brits
Me and my big mouth, I thought to myself as I glanced in the mirror at the torrent of dust that my big tyres were kicking up. The scorched earth was bone dry, and a mere footstep would elicit a puff of dust like a tiny volcano… Them northerners will tell you that August is a temperate month – the mornings no longer biting with the icy tenacity of winter, and the afternoons not yet raining down cosmic rays with the full fury of summer – but this knowledge was of little consolation to my pasty Capetonian skin, which evaporated my life-giving fluids faster than I...
A Night to Remember9:30am 23 Oct
A Night to Remember
As you stare into those eyes, a feeling of innocence and beauty overwhelms you. Surely these animals cannot be the killers everyone says they are. The crunching of bones and ripping of flesh bring you back to reality… these are some of the largest cats around and those innocent eyes are supported by the brain of a hunter, jaws filled with teeth designed for cutting, biting and slicing, with massive canines and 300kg of muscle and power. The powerful jaws will have no difficulty in crushing a man’s skull and the meal provided will be completely...
Dangerous new mammal in the Pafuri area3:00am 1 Apr
Eight years of arduous research by a German zoologist, Professor Doctor Hepprull Fuehll, which was scorned by his peers, was finally vindicated when DNA testing revealed that the scientist had, indeed, identified a new large mammal species over 50 years ago, writes Mike Hawkins.
Modern forensic science has proved beyond doubt that the animals Dr Fuehll described and named ‘feral asses’ in the early 1960s are a separate species more closely related to the zebra than the domestic donkey. Now officially named the Wild Pafuri Ass (Equus asinorum pafurae fuehllii),...