Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I was sitting in
The whole region is highveld grassland, meaning that it’s a very arid, somewhat prairie like environment with few trees and plenty of grass fires (which are often allowed to run unchecked if they do not threaten an inhabited area. Combine that with the red soil, and it looks like
This particular region has basalt (igneous) inclusions into a sandstone (sedimentary) layer. Consequently, over the years, the softer sedimentary rock has eroded away, leaving rather prominent peaks and ridges made of basalt and a thin layer of soil.
The higher regions of the reserve have relatively limited wildlife activity, because they are so dry and sparsely vegetated that there is little cover and less food for herds. Of course if you get close to a watering hole, then you usually see quite a bit of wildlife.
In this reserve is mostly populated with eland, wildebeest, and zebras. Occasionally you will see some Hyenas, but you don’t encounter large animals like elephants and rhinos or predators like lions. Of course this lack of the most dangerous African animals probably explains why there are so many hiking trails in the area.
I did get to see one predator while I was in
It played just like an ordinary house cat, but I would really hate to get it mad even at a fairly small size like this.
I did get one extra treat on this trip, thanks to a colleague at work.
A fun as it might be playing with tiger cubs and running around nature reserves with a camera, I have finished (for the time being) my work overseas, and now I am back in
Friday, April 13, 2007
I've just spent a month in a place where checking my email usually involved checking for a dial tone. I have now left South Africa for Singapore where I will be spending a few days before continuing on my way.
The trip so far has actually been rather nice, though far from relaxing. South Africa was rather enjoyable, though I won't go into the details just yet.
I have some photos to share and will post them in a couple of days when I get a little time away from the factory. I the meantime, I will leave you with this.