Monday, February 28, 2011
This is the local elementary school, just up the hill from Klipwal about a mile away. I gave them my big bag of soccer equipment and all the kids seemed very excited!
The main Sunday league pitch right at the turnoff from the main highway to the mine, about a 30 minute drive from Klipwal
The sign says it all.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
We are at Kapama Game Reserve at the moment, a large private reserve just outside of Kruger National Park. We have four safaris here in total and have been on two of those four already. It's been extremly succesful so far in terms of seeing the animals. On our first safari yesterday evening, I watched a full-grown male lion walk a couple feet away from me past our open-top Land Cruiser as he followed his female mate. This place is pretty awesome accomodation too, they spoil us with huge buffet meals and there's a big pool and spa so I might go get my nails done when I have some down time this afternoon.
On Tuesday we drove from Pilgrims Rest northwards through the Blyde River Canyon scenic route, starting at The Pinnacle, a tall, thin rock outcrop sitting in the beginning of the canyon next to a very cool little waterfall. The next stop was God's Window, which offers arguably the best view in South Africa, where you can see nearly the entire length of the Drakensburg mountain range from this single spot. Unfotunately that morning was extremely foggy for us, and the only view we were afforded was of white, misty clouds. The picture below is in the forest walk at God's Window, which was very nice, and very very damp.
Further along, we hit Berlyn Falls, which dropped about 200 feet into a beautiful pool of deep blue water. We continued along to a viewpoint over the most dramatic part of the canyon, where the sheer cliffs drop vertically over 2500 feet at somepoints. Again, we were unlucky with the visibility but it was definitely better than at God's Window. After stopping for Lunch at a small farm the had an ancient giant Boabab tree, we arrived at Kapama Game Lodge around 3 pm.
Hello all! The trip has started out very well, and I thought to continue my pattern of late I'll start off with some big, scary bugs. The spider was actually found at Klipwal hanging out on a big red pump sitting by the road. This giant African Millipede was crawling around the path at Bourke's Luck potholes along our drive through the Blyde River Canyon.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
It's time for the weird South African bug of the day. This one was pretty shocking to stumble upon clinging to the wall of my bedroom. At first glance, it looked like a moth but the 8 spindly legs extending out from below it's wings made me do a double take. I looked up winged spiders on the internet and couldn't find anything, so here it is, a major discovery in the insect/arachnid world:
THE SPIDER MOTH
About an hour later I went back into my room to check on the beast, only to find the one of the wings was missing. Even later in the evening, it was just a normal spider again. So it turns out I must have walked in right after the spider had originally caught the moth in its mouth and began eating. 2 hours later and that moth was gone. I'll be really impressed if the same spider can eat the gecko that scampers around my bedroom as well.