17 June, 2014

Kgalagadi gemsbok

 - gardening for biodiversity 
in Cape Town, South Africa

In June 2008 we set out for the Kgalagadi. As a child it was the faraway Kalahari National Gemsbok Park. The word Kgalagadi is derived from the language of the first people and means salt pans or the great thirstland. After the First World War it was divided into ‘farms’ by Scottish born Roger Jackson, and his memories of Scotland live on today in the names of the waterholes. In 1999 our park was united with that of Botswana - becoming the Transfrontier Park.

Hantam Karoo winter sky June 2008

11 June, 2014

Sociable weavers on the road to Kgalagadi

 - gardening for biodiversity 
in Cape Town, South Africa

In June (our winter) 2008 we headed a thousand kilometres north to the Kgalagadi. When I grew up, we spelt it Kalahari, but it still sounds the same.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Sanparks Kgalagadi Where the red dunes and scrub fade into infinity and herds of gemsbok, springbok, eland and blue wildebeest follow the seasons, where imposing camel thorn trees provide shade for huge black-mane lions and vantage points for leopard and many raptors... this is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park. An amalgamation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa (proclaimed in 1931) and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana, the Park comprises an area of over 3.6 million hectares – one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world (From their Official Information Guide)

Travelling to Nieuwoudtville

03 June, 2014

Baviaanskloof, and on to Willowmore

 - gardening for biodiversity 
in Cape Town, South Africa

We were planning to go to Baviaanskloof from Addo-today-we-have-warthogs but that was when the mountain fire brought us home in hurry. In December 2010 we did go to the Baviaanskloof Conservation Area, which is 189,000 ha. We start at the east end

The road less travelled