Blogs from Mpumalanga , South Africa, Africa - page 29


Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga June 12th 2008

Hello again! I have once again found an internet connection hidden in the office of the current Hotel I am staying at (The Diggers Retreat) courtesy of a cracking oak (that's what they say for 'guy' here!) called Mark, he owns this place. Since I last posted I have been to the head office for African Nickle, a company under Sapaku Holdings (The group that David Twist owns), and been given a low down on what they do and how i'm gonna fit into it. Then straight away I got in a 'bakki' (pick up truck) with Tsumi and we drove for 3 and a half hours east. I am now in the region of Mpumalanga, which all in all is quite stunning. It's right on the border of swaziland and 70 km from the Karuga ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Nelspruit June 4th 2008

Histoire d'un week end escalade dans un endroit reconnu internationalement pour son site d'escalade: Waterval Boven. Je tiens a préciser avant de commencer la petite histoire que l'escalade est tout nouveau pour moi. Pour la petite histoire, je m'étais inscrite il y a 2 semaines pour une initiation a l'escalade dans le Magaliesberg. Pour raison de pluie, nous avons reporté le cours au week end prochain. Donc j'aurais mon initiation après ma première montée. Donc le week end commence par une balade tranquille dans les Gorges, et repérer un peu les voies que nous pourrions faire (histoire de se faire un peu peur pour le lendemain). Tranquilité, mélange de couleurs exotiques donnés par la flore locale et le coucher du soleil qui approchait au fur et à mesure de la balade. Un régal pour les yeux. ... read more
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Since we missed a game park in Zimbabwe, we had the opportunity to go to Kruger National Park, renowned as one of the best game parks in Africa. Unfortunately what was supposed to be a 2 night stay in the park turned into a day trip because all of the camp sites had been long booked for the May day long weekend. Within a few minutes of entering the park we spotted some African wild dogs which are one of the rarest animals in Africa. Shortly after that we saw a rhino in the bush. The rest of the day didn't really compare much to the start until late in the afternoon when we saw another pack of wild dogs laying in the grass (twice in one day!). Then we were rushing to get out of ... read more
Traffic jam
Elephant wave
Thirsty puppy

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga April 18th 2008

Et voici l'histoire d'un week end avec ma collègue de travail Jacinta au Blyde River Canyon. ( voir la localisation sur la carte). Un peu de culture avant de vous diffuser les photos: le Blyde River Canyon est long de 30 KM, il est en partie bordé par la Blyde river Canyon nature reserve, réserve qui serpente vers le nord de Graskop, le long de l'escarpement et de la rivière Blyde, qui creuse son lit vers le bas veld. Cette route panoramique, permet d'apercevoir la frontière du Mozambique quand le temps le permet, (ce qui ne fut pas notre cas pour ce week end!!!), est bordée de chutes d'eau toutes plus impressionnantes les unes des autres, et les points de vue sont à vous couper le souffle. Le début de notre escapade a commencé le vendredi ... read more
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Imagine that you are on a long road trip and want to get out of the car to stretch your legs, or go to the bathroom behind a tree, or get a closer angle for a picture of a bird. Then think of the feeling that you get when you realize that if you do get out of the car you could potentially be EATEN by a LION . That is the only way that I can convey the feeling that is ever present while in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Haley and I were there in the summer so it was hot every day. We drove over plenty of nice little rivers that would be perfect for a quick swim, just something to cool us off. Then I look into the water and I see ... read more
Our Car


Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park February 25th 2008

English? Scroll down a little. Obschon ich nicht allzu viel Zeit im Krüger Nationalpark verbracht habe (3 Tage/2 Nächte) habe ich ausser dem Leoparden alle davon zu Gesicht bekommen. Zum Teil auch sehr nahe, so dass ich froh war dass ich in einem Auto mit verschlossenen Fenstern sitzen konnte. Dies habe ich jedoch vor allem meinem 'privaten Guide' Ruan welchen ich per Zufall kennenlernte zu verdanken. Er entschied sich spontan mit mir in den Park zu kommen und ohne ihn hätte ich wahrscheinlich nicht mal einen Drittel der Tiere gesehen. Er ist dabei sein eigenes Individualreiseführer-Business aufzubauen, was er auch super kann. Wer mit ihm in Südafrika unterwegs sein möchte (zu günstigen Preisen) kann ihn per Email kontaktieren: Er ist super flexibel und ich kann ihn zu 100% empfehlen. Even though I didn't spend too ... read more
Braunadler / Brown eagle
Gepard / Cheetah
Fledermäuse / Bats

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park February 17th 2008

Yesterday we went into the park, and it was amazing. We got up at 4:00am and there was a huge bug ontop of the net over mine and Mel's bed, and it was sprayed with a spray to kill it,and it fell down the back of the net, and it was right by Mel's head. All of the girls were screaming because it was HUGE and DISGUSTING! We got to the park gates at 5:10am, and we went straight into the park, as the queue was only 7/8 cars long, so we got straight through and it didn't take long to get the permits sorted. As we entered the main bit of the park, we saw impala, and vervet monkeys, and zebra. The monkeys were really cute and they were playing in the middle of the ... read more
Lauren and Mel
Vervet Monkey

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga January 28th 2008

On my birthday, Shane surprised me by taking me to a nearby elephant sanctuary, where we got to meet Kasper and Kitso. Both were rescued from people who thought having an elephant for a pet was a good idea, until they realized it wasn't so easy to have a massive potentially dangerous eating-machine for a pet... Now Kasper and Kitso allow people to touch them, walk with them, and ride them around the reserve. What amazing animals!... read more
Walking an elephant
eye of the elephant

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park January 21st 2008

Decided to head down to the beach for a while so were stopping at Lower Sabie on our way out of Kruger. Decided to stay in the huts so that we can make an early morning getaway. Had a braai and were all packed and organised for leaving early, so an early night was in order. At 1am Andy needed the loo and as the huts only have a sink and no bathroom he was going to have to go for a walk, I also woke and considered whether I could wait until morning, at that point he turned the key in the lock and said 'we have a problem'. The key had broken in the lock so now we were stuck. I won't say what he did, but I did decide I could wait until ... read more
Malcolm digs the fire pit
Camp Site

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park January 19th 2008

Having such a good time in Kruger we decided to extend it. There was no accommodation in the southern part of the park so we booked camp sites at Satara a bit further north, another lovely site. We drove up and set up camp, Jane and Malcolm in the tent and we were going to sleep in the cab again. The camp site at Satara is right on the fence which is great, of course we saw the hyena, we also saw lots of fireflies and heard lion most of the night - fabulous. We took an early morning drive to Olifants and although the game was a bit scarce we did see an african wild cat, a black backed jackal and another hyena den with cubs. The weather was very hot so we were very ... read more
Breakfast at Timbavati picnic spot
Hyena Den
Hippo crossing the road

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