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Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (South Africa)

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Namibia | Comments Off on Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (South Africa)

Everything’s Gone to the Monkeys! Also along the Garden Route I stopped into the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary (across the parking lot from the bird sanctuary, which will be my next post!) I paid for the tour and got to walk through the habitat with a guide (and 20 other darned tourists!) It was a neat experience because the monkeys are wild, but habituated to humans, so the tolerate people walking by and just kind-of do their own thing. You really have to look for them however! Because (a) they are everywhere and (b) they are really well disguised! But I did the work for you and now all you have to do is look at my beautiful (well, okay amateur) pictures.                           This pic is for Carolyn!...

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Weird things seen along the way

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Namibia | 1 comment

Here are some strange (and FUNNY!) things I saw along the way…   A store:   A sign at Jukani Wildlife Center:   I never saw one! (I saw plenty of dung but never a beetle!)   Wait ’til I tell you about not getting out of the vehicle when I had to vomit (but that’s for another post):   Ok, not weird but I took a picture because I thought it might be:     I usually don;t post anything snarky, but this was posted over the desk of the sweetest black South African lady I’d ever met…I guess you’d need to be there to get the whole context…     This one literally had me laughing out loud…enlarge the photo if you cannot read the billboard… Please follow and like...

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Braai Time! (or, first of my Namibian food pictures)

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | Comments Off on Braai Time! (or, first of my Namibian food pictures)

The other night at Okambara Bush Camp it was Braai time (pronounced Bri, not brie). It’s Afrikaans for ‘barbeque’ or ‘grill’. For me, it’s YUM! I think this dish was zebra.           The food at Okambara is exceptionally good and I hope to take a whole bunch of spices back home and have someone cook some of these delicious dishes for me! (Notice *I* am not doing the cooking in that scenario 🙂     ) Here is a marinade recipe I got from a web site: MARINADE FOR MEAT OR CHICKEN 2 cups chutney ¼ cup tomato sauce Salt and pepper to taste 1 tbsp oil 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp crushed garlic 1. Mix all ingredients together and marinade the meat or chicken overnight (in the fridge). 2. Don’t put the meat on the...

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Misc. tracks seen on Okambara

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | Comments Off on Misc. tracks seen on Okambara

Here are some of the tracks we’ve been seeing on Okambara. In Afrikaans tracks are called ‘spoor’, and that’s the term we most commonly use here. Any idea what they are? Please follow and like...

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Animals I’d never heard of before coming to Namibia: The Hirax

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Namibia | Comments Off on Animals I’d never heard of before coming to Namibia: The Hirax

These terrestrial animals are also known as a rock dassie or rock rabbit.  Unbelieveable as it may sound, the closest living relatives to hyraxes are the modern day elephants. In this area there are two varieties of hirax–rock hirax and tree hirax. We have both on the farm. Here’s their habitat regions across Africa: (thanks to Wikipedia for all this great information!)   Anyway, these guys are like large guinea pics. The live in rock crevices and forage for food around the rocky area. They have incomplete thermoregulation so they usually only forage in the morning and evening, and they do this in groups.  They live in groups of 10-80 animals and they birth between 2-4 young and they are born fully formed — ready to run and hide. Here’s a really good picture from Wikipedia: So here are...

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What’s at the Waterhole IV (an exciting elephant-rhino encounter!)

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | 1 comment

After dinner last night things got really interesting at the bush camp water hole. Most of us were lingering outside after dinner when the family group of three rhinos (the female with the broken horn and her two youngsters) came sauntering in, nervously watching us watching them. The entire people group fell silent. After a while the rhinos finally decided it was safe enough to drink with us humans there in the lapa, and drank their fill. They then proceeded to spend some time licking the salt blocks Okambara puts out for the animals.   About fifteen minutes later the elephants came rushing in! Rhinos and elephants at the waterhole—now that’s something we’ve just not seen yet this year. The elephants came in as briskly as usual, eager to get right to the business of drinking. We thought it...

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