A few more photos from our trip…

Does sunset not supply the most beautiful colours for photography…

The Kalahari Tented camp we stayed in… no fences so any animal can get up close… had the brown hyena calling outside the tent, I looked for the witches but saw none…

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These wildebeest past within touching distance, but look at the colour after sun set…

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The Giraffe are always entertaining as the bend to drink…

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This was the view we had of the nearby water hole… no need to drive around, the game comes to visit you…

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and one more of the entertainer… the “Rooi-muishond” Literal translation “Red Mouse Dog” but actually known as the “Slender Mongoose”

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Till we meet again, go well… will do my best to get on the air as and when I can…

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It’s Official – I am to design and build a 9 hole golf course.

The emails have flowed between the owner and myself, I’ve visited the site a few times and now the contract has been awarded me. So for the next six months I will be “on and off” the blogging scene.

Unfortunately the internet is not of the best where we are going, but when I can I’ll look in at your blogs, doubtful if I will get a chance to blog myself, but that’s life.

This has been a life long dream, to design and build a golf course from scratch, has long been on my “bucket list”, in fact for more years than I can remember.

Here’s a few photos from our recent trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park…… I have 100’s to share and now I don’t have the time…..

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“I will be back” as Arni said…. just give me the time to build a Golf Course…

More of Kalahari trip last year…

Dianne Gray post today, or maybe yesterday was titled You can’t hide your lion eyes… she admits to an obsession with eyes.. and that had me thinking of a few I captured on our last trip to the Kalahari Gemsbok Park… here is a link to her post… https://diannegray.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/you-cant-hide-your-lion-eyes/

Pop over and have a look… here’s a few eyes for her….

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we were close and the ldv mirror got in the way…

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That close…

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But this last one is one of my favourites…

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Now that’s a beady eye…

Have you heard the news?

As work just gets more and more, of which we do no complain, social media gets less and less.

Book? you ask… no progress, just no time…

Blogs? ,,, the same… although I do pop in and look at yours, I just don’t always have the time to comment….

BUT next month we are taking time off to go to the Kalahari Gemsbok Park… so look forward to photos from there, specially those I will be taking with the new camera… can’t wait… like a kid waiting for Christmas… Remember these… well expect many many more….

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I will be posting every now and then before we go just to keep the interest up… have to find time for blogging though…

Kgalagardi Transfrontier Park… Where I want to be…

Oh when I die,

my soul to the sky,

here I want to stay,

and continuously play.

This is to me the best place on the earth, Hot? Oh yes in January it can get as high as 45 C (113 F). Cold? Oh yes July can go as low as –6 C (20 F). But it still remains the best place on earth. Sand and dunes, arid and dry, rain? What’s that? It does rain here occasionally and then all the animals come out to play…

But apart from the animals, the raptors, the big Cats, the little cats, the squirrels and small birds, the scenery is just something else… look at these… 

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Kalahari Gemsbok Park.

How did this area become a protected park for animals?

It all started with the First World War. In 1914 the Government of the Union of South Africa drilled a series of boreholes in the Auob River. The country now known as Namibia was then South West Africa and occupied by the Germans.

These boreholes were to supply troops moving against SWA with water. It never happened, and this area was surveyed into farms by Roger “Malkop” Duke Jackson. Now for those not familiar with Afrikaans “Malkop” means “mad-head”, if you refer to someone as “mal in die kop” you would be saying “mad in the head”.

Malkop was Scottish and this probably explains the many Gaelic names were given to the boreholes.

After WW1 these farms were given to white people and a little later coloured people.

One such farm house still stands with a little of the history that goes with it…

In 1931 the land was proclaimed a National Park by the Minister of Lands Piet Grobbler and the occupants were given land south of the park on the Kuruman River. The borehole guards and farmers merely abandoned their properties and this one site is now what’s left of an operating farm.

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The sheep and cattle kraal….

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Red hartebeest.. Closely related to the Tsessebe

Red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus caama)

This antelope I photographed in the Kalagadi Gemsbok Park, but they are also in the Rietvlei Nature reserve a few Kilometres away from us… they are a Southern African animal and belong to a fairly large family of ungulates.

The breed once a year, with an eight month gestation period, dropping their young in early Spring. The calves are fairly weak at birth and are hidden during the day by their mothers. Once able to run with the herd they are brought into the family giving them a better chance of survival.. Although predators do capture hartebeest, they do not make up a primary source of food for any of them.. Lion may capture full grown males, Cheetah, hyena and leopard will rather go for the young…

Hartebeests have an excellent sense of hearing and smell, although their sense of sight is poor. When alarmed, hartebeests elude confusion before running, reaching a maximum speed of 55 km/hr. Their evasion tactic is to run in a zigzag pattern, making it difficult for predators to catch them.

The average weight of a male is about 150 kg, and female is 120 kg. Their average shoulder height is 135 cm, and horns are 60 cm long. Very difficult to tell the difference between males and females.. the males have a slightly bigger head size.. much like the human race… it’s for bumping heads when fighting over females..

These were drinking from a small hole in the ground which one of the animals had dug… not necessarily the hartebeest…

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