Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Travel & Things, the guest list. 07/05/2016


Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00
This is the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that will air between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 07/05/2016

1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi

10.00 - 10.15.
Marie-Lais Emond joins me in studio
We chat about "our" Johannesburg

10.15 -  10.30
Gordon Froud,
one of the artists that has been involved in the Hermanus Festival.
He will pop in to share information about the 2016 event

10.30 -  10.45
Harry Sideropoulos recently took himself off to Greece for an extended stay.
He shares his experiences while there with me.

10.45 - 11.00
Sophia Lindop will chat about two of her books.
I am grateful that she was able to tear herself away from the book
 that she is currently working on.


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A final posting from Rare Earth Lodges in the Welgevonden Game Reserve.


Even the guests get involved if it means helping the guide
in spotting something elusive.
In this instance, despite tracks on the road,
we did not find what we were hoping for.


But we did track THIS down successfully.
Coffee and biscuits during the early morning game drive.


We did find a LOT of elephants.
Most of who were very relaxed,
but there are couple of the cows that rangers give a wide berth to


It is not only about the animals.
Some of the flora is well worth an image or two


Giraffe seem to be a favourite with both local
and International visitors.
They are a most interesting mammal for a variety of reasons.
Not least of which is the fact that they have
the same number of neck vertebrae
that humans have.


We found this family of Klipspringers on almost every drive.
This is Mom.(Dad and baby were just out of this image)
The family was very relaxed and did not run away
when the vehicle stopped relatively close by. 


This male Waterbuck has a rather "quizzical" look on his face.


A male Pin-tailed Whydah.
The males when they show off to females
they can hover better than a helicopter.


This is one of the LBJ's that are hard to identify,
LBJ= Little Brown Job.
It does look like a Lark though


This Widebeeste was enjoying a dust bath in the late afternoon.


A rolling roadblock.
Welgevonden has the largest herd of  privately owned White Rhino
in Africa, and they are well protected.


This is the end that you want to be looking at...
from a distance.


There is beauty in a spider web caught in the spotlight.


A bachelor herd of Impala in the early morning light
"We made it through the night".
Being the apex prey species, surviving the night is a major achievement.



An interesting "flower"complete with attendant beetles.


The reserve has several streams and rivers.
All them them were currently flowing well


Not a great image, as it was almost dark.
But an unusual sighting that deserved to be shared.
A male Sable antelope.
Back in the day, the herds were so large that farmers shot them
in order to feed their staff.
Not any more!


Another "rare" antelope up here on the Highveld.
A Red Hartebeest, the second fastest antelope in Africa.


Looking like a Raccoon
or a burglar...
A male Kudu watches us with interest. 


One final sunset.
One final dinner...
One final sleep and then I have to head back home.
Thanks to all the staff (and guests)
who made my trip so special.
Consider visiting this reserve as your bush destination when
you plan your next getaway.
Only 3 hours from Johannesburg,
it should be on YOUR list
tshwene-lodge-logo
ekuthuleni-lodge-logo
All the images on this posting were taken during game drives
from these two Rare Earth Lodges.

This is Pelma,who I dealt with at The Sandton Eye branch.
Despite having had a tough evening the night before,
she was friendly and attentive.
In my dealings with this company to date
 I have only met with friendly and efficient staff
who have a passion for their customers.
Based on my experiences over the past few months
and in three different cities, I highly recommend them
Europcar, the official car rental supplier
to "Travel & Things"


RUGGEDWEAR 
is the official "Travel & Things" bush kit sponsor.

Some of the images on this trip were shot on
a Canon SX60HS.

Travel & Things is written on a

 Cool Ideals is my service provider of choice.
They enable me to ensure that my articles
and images are sent fast and effortlessly.
Not to mention all the other benefits that FTTH offers...
Like stability and affordability!

 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Rare Earth Lodges in Welgevonden Game Reserve. Waterberg



Rare Earth have two properties in the Welgevonden Game Reserve.
Although they are only a short distance apart,
they are both totally different.
To find out more aboiut Ekuthuleni,
have a look at this posting:
http://www.davidbatzofin.com/2016/04/ekuthuleni-lodge-welgevonden-game.html

This is Solomon who was my guide during my stay at Ekuthukleni.
Not only is he currently a game ranger,
but he is a novice photographer and provincial runner.


Unlike its sister lodge that faces an open plain,
Tshwene is hidden within the surrounding bush that makes it almost invisible.
Find out more about this lodge:
http://www.davidbatzofin.com/2016/04/tshwene-lodge-welgevonden-game-reserve.html


 April was my ranger at Tshwene.
He had a great sense of humour and told me that he was one of 12 children.
But he was especially close to May and June


All the following images were taken during game drives from these properties.
It is not only about the game in Welgevonden,
the landscape plays a part as well.


You cannot be in in the African bush
and not be awed by the beauty of a sunset.


Despite the drought that has ravished South Africa,
the rivers and streams in the reserve seem to be flowing well


The wildlife has right of way!
We had to follow this Wildebeest for many meters
before it decided to turn off the road.


Snacks in the bush.
A welcome stop on any game drive.
But especially delicious at both Lodges


For some reason, International visitors get excited
when they see Giraffe.
And why not...the tallest mammal on earth,
and one of the most photogenic


A crocodile in motion.
An unusual sighting as they are usually lying on sandbank.


This young Waterbuck paid the price for venturing to close to
the water.
There were two crocs in this dam.
The larger one had made the kill,
and the smaller one was scavenging.


The dam proved to be shallower than expected
when this Hippo stood up and walked towards us


Zebra are not as docile as they look.
This "damage" was probably caused by another stallion.


Although this bee had "crash landed" in the swimming pool
the outcome was a good one as I was able to rescue it.


Even Elephants like "jewellery"
An sex is not an issue as this is a Bull in musth.


The only predator that I saw...
and what a sighting it was.
Very close to the road and it was feeding on what could have been
a small Impala.


I have to comment on the game drive vehicles at both Lodges.
It has been a while since I have been in such a clean vehicle.


The starkness of the African veld.
The moon can just be seen in the sky


My visit to Tswene Lodge was shared with this British couple,
Alec and Helen Mason.
I have to say that I certainly had the best time in their company.
They were a lot of fun, and I do enjoy the British sense of humour.
Thanks to both of you for sharing "your" lodge with me.
This is what they had to say about their visit:


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ekuthuleni-lodge-logo

This is Pelma,who I dealt with at The Sandton Eye branch.
Despite having had a tough evening the night before,
she was friendly and attentive.
In my dealings with this company to date
 I have only met with friendly and efficient staff
who have a passion for their customers.
Based on my experiences over the past few months
and in three different cities, I highly recommend them
Europcar, the official car rental supplier
to "Travel & Things"


RUGGEDWEAR 
is the official "Travel & Things" bush kit sponsor.

Some of the images on this trip were shot on
a Canon SX60HS.

Travel & Things is written on a

 Cool Ideals is my service provider of choice.
They enable me to ensure that my articles
and images are sent fast and effortlessly.
Not to mention all the other benefits that FTTH offers...
Like stability and affordability!

 

All images are the copyright property of  and may not be used without permission
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