Akabeko Golf Course

As the course continues to improve and the rains (when they come) aids the fairways growth, the golf course becomes more and more of a dream come true.

As the photo from the first tee shows the first fairway.


The course wants to welcome all the permanent new arrivals, oh how happy these animals make me…




The sable are young yet already they show the deep chested pride they’re well known for..

I am to stay on at the course and will now be in a position to blog more, to share my golf course with you all. I’m sure that you know it is not really my course and belongs in its entirety to the owner of the Akabeko Boutique Hotel, but my design and build, tweaked to his  satisfaction, still feels as though its mine…

This has been and will always be the most desired “bucket list” happening in my life.




Impala portraits 3… rutting season…

There are three distinct social groups during the wet season: the female herds, the bachelor herds and the territorial males. The mating season is the three-week long period toward the end of the wet season in May. A single fawn is born after a gestational period of about six to seven months. The fawn remains with its mother for four to six months, after which it joins juvenile groups. These little ones start practicing for the main event from a young age….



While mothers look on, and fathers wonder “should we chase them now???”….




“Not sure this is a good time to get involved in the head butting…”


Impala portraits 2… Grandsons photos…

Impala are important prey animals for several apex carnivores, including lions, leopards, Cape hunting dogs, spotted hyenas,crocodiles and pythons. An alert and wary animal, the impala turns motionless on sensing danger. It will scan the vicinity with its eyes to spot the predator, and rotate its ears to catch any tell-tale sounds. It stares at and moves its head to get a better view of any object it can not identify.

Or it stands around without what appears a care in the world, as depicted in my Grandson’s photos… it might even be his wife’s photos… who cares I stole them….





“Hello… anyone home!!!!”





Impala portraits… rutting season…

The annual three-week long breeding season of the impala, also called the rut, begins toward the end of the wet season in May. The males begin preparations for mating in March, (good to get in a head start, think of the anticipation) including gonadal growth and hormone production, resulting in greater aggressiveness and territoriality. (Typical male high on testosterone.) Males undergo several physical changes as well, such as darkening of the coat due to greasy secretions from the sebaceous glands, (a little bit of hair gel) thickening of the neck and acquiring a musky odour, (deodorant, maybe not too appealing to us). The rut is also influenced by the lunar cycle, with most mating taking place between full moons. (Now that’s what you call the bewitching hour.) Here are a few portraits I took…


Remember the Moffatts Lyrics or Manfred Mann???

There she was just a-walkin’ down the street
singin’ do what daddy did to mommy to get me (do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do)

snappin’ her fingers and shufflin’ her feet
singin’ do what daddy did to mommy to get me (do-wah diddy-diddy down diddy-do)


She looked good, LOOKED GOOD
she looked fine, LOOKED FINE
she looked good, she looked fine
and I nearly lost my mind
Before I knew it she was walkin’ next to me



And last years ram still growing his horns…


Impala.. another pre-post.

Impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Our most common antelope in Africa. Bold statement to make but I’m sure it is.

Not a big antelope… (height; between 75 and 95 cm (30 and 37 in) and weigh; between 40 and 60 kg (88 and 130 lb.).

Females and young form herds of up to 200 individuals. When food is plentiful, adult males will establish territories. Territorial males round up any female herds that enter their grounds, and chases away bachelor males that follow.

They will even chase away recently weaned males. He then does his best to prevent any female from leaving his territory. (Busy little fellow).

The breeding season of the impala, also called the rut, begins at the end of the wet season in May. The entire affair lasts about three weeks. While young are usually born after six to seven months, the mother has the ability to delay giving birth for an additional month if conditions are harsh. (Now this is taking giving birth to a new level, Prince William can be glad woman can’t do this).

When frightened or startled, the whole herd starts leaping about to confuse their predator. Able to jump distances of more than 10 m (33 ft.) and 3 m (9 ft.) into the air, threatened impalas will explode in a magnificent spectacle of leaping. This photo I borrowed from the Internet… thank you whoever you are, I’ve blanked the number plate and faces…


Now that should give you a good idea of how high and how far……

Now for a few of my photos….






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There are estimated to be over 100 000 of these in the Kruger National park alone… and now you wonder why we root for the Cheetah to capture them, not like the one that got away by mistakenly jumping into a vehicle… to watch the video clip  CLICK HERE …. this was a freak accident as Impala don’t like to travel in a car full of women….