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My “office”…gosh I love my job!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Africa, South Africa | Comments Off on My “office”…gosh I love my job!

Well, I am back in Namibia preparing for the next group (they arrive today/tonight) and the next expedition officially starts tomorrow. For now, I am at Casa Piccolo in Windhoek having just finished a MOUND of shopping (I HATE Shopping!) for base camp, and now I am catching up on paperwork.  I’d say there are worse places to get caught up…     Look for a few posts about traveling in South Africa...

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In Cape Town for the Weekend

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in Africa, South Africa | Comments Off on In Cape Town for the Weekend

Just spent a great weekend in Cape Town visiting my friend Beverly and her lovely family. Bev and I met on the Camino in 2006 and have continually said good-bye to each other assuming we’d never see each other again (heck, we live on different continent and in different hemispheres after all!) but we keep bumping into each other.  Just goes to show you what a small (and wonderful!) world it is. This week I’m off to explore the Garden...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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What’s at the Waterhole? III (Waterbuck)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Africa, Namibia | Comments Off on What’s at the Waterhole? III (Waterbuck)

Whenever I need (want?) a good dose of Internet, I have to drive up to the main lodge at Okambara. As I’ve said before, the farm is 15,000 hectares, so crossing it takes some time! Anyway, the main lodge is quite posh, and they serve coffee and cake every afternoon at 3:00 pm, so it’s not really a hardship if I plan to be there for 3 🙂 They have a waterhole at the lodge with a salt lick,...

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