Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MORE bush facts. Marataba Trails Camp, Waterberg


Also on the Marataba property is this college.
Dedicated to the memory of the late Nick More,
gone too soon.


To have a passionate field guide leading our walks was a pleasure
Adriaan certainly was...and informative as well


Single file and in silence...


A reminder that these lands used as cattle farms.
Most of the fences have been removed, but remnants still exist


An ex-hippo.
Killed during a territory battle.


Had I not been told, I would have walked straight past.
This is a rhino scratching post.
They rub off the mud here, leaving behind ticks and parasites.


One foot in front of another.
Luckily, none of the walks were strenuous or excessively long.


I did not realize just how big the hoof print of a Zebra could be.
The small indentation within the hoof is called a "frog".
I belive that horses have them as well


Now WHAT could THIS be?
A hyena...


Bushcraft 101: There might be elephants in the area


Bushcraft 101: Elephant "snacks" and dung,
both relatively fresh.
Elephants might be closer than you think


We found this dead  Brown-hooded Kingfisher
near a Tamboti tree.
The entire tree is poisonous,
and this bird could have been a victim of some part of the tree.  


Look closely, this is the live version hiding in this Acacia.


This was a first for me.
A Civet midden...
Consisting mainly of berries.
Are they of any use?
Yes they are...


Believe it or not,
coffee is made from Civet Poo!
We tried some in Vietnam some years ago.
Very expensive, and nothing REALLY special


Giraffe can be very inquisitive.
Sit/stand still long enough and
they will often come to you.


Lightning did this.
The power of nature in its primal form


And finally, we have completed a circle and returned to our vehicle


The reflected Waterberg


A good pair of binoculars is a necessity...


This is what we returned to post our breakfast walks.
10/10 for presentation.
Trails Lodge Chef, Daniel really did us proud when it came to food
and the presentation thereof.

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This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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