We have been barging in Europe on four occasions and I am always reminded how much people like messing around with boats. I know we certainly enjoyed it immensely, and the camaraderie of being on the water with friends is hard to beat. The only times it got fraught was when we were out of control in a lock, or a strong wind, or when there was competition to be skipper!
Calitzdorp, lying between Ladismith and Oudtshoorn, is a village with plenty of character. Principally an agricultural centre, it caters to the port and ostrich industry. The latter is somewhat in the doldrums, but the town has a rich history and offers the photographer many challenges.
Terrifying when enraged, Buffalo are mostly content to graze in peace. The Mara is well endowed with these magnificent beasts that fear little except marauding lions, intent on capturing their young. Oxpeckers and Cattle Egrets are happy to clean them of parasites and to enjoy feeding on blood from their wounds.
A visit to the Masai Mara is a special event by any standards. One sees huge herds of game and gets close to animals going about their normal activities without any apparent awareness that they are being watched. Sometimes one sees distressing scenes, but they are in the natural order of things, so are bearable.
Taking a hot air balloon ride over the savanna adds a new dimension to the whole experience and one can really get an idea of the spatial relationships that exist between the animals.
A people rich in history and tradition, the Maasai of the Masai Mara are every bit as interesting and photogenic as the wildlife for which the area is so well known. Instantly recognisable by their red attire, their relationship with the environment is exemplified by the fact that they inhabit the very areas that are best known for their national parks.
One visits the Masai Mara in order to see game and especially the river crossings, but there are good bird sightings available, if only one can get one’s guide to stop for them instead of cats and elephants. Vultures predominate, with so much meat around, especially at the time of the crossings, when the wildebeest die in large numbers.
Sunday 19th July 2020
Sally has been keeping her eye on places we could visit close by to do some birding. Mount Park caught her eye as a place of indigenous mistbelt forest, climbing up the Inhlosane Mountain between Dargle and Boston, KZN. It is on the district road 132. There are kilometres of trails through the forest following streams up to the peak. Day visitors are welcome there. Do contact to advise you are coming. Tel: 033 234 4601.
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