Pin-tailed Whydah

Pin-tailed Whydah

Spioenkop Dam

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Sundowner

Sundowner

Spioenkop Dam

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Giraffe visiting at the campsite

 Giraffe visiting at the campsite

Spioenkop campsite is special since it is not fenced in, giraffe, zebra, warthog and wildebeest visit daily.

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Spioenkop Nature Reserve

Spioenkop Nature Reserve

Misty autumn morning over the dam.

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Living in South Africa

Living in South Africa

Even the birds have barbed wire fence around their home.

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Grey Crowned Crane

Grey Crowned Crane

Wakkerstroom Wetland Reserve

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Yellow-billed Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

Wakkerstroom Wetland Reserve

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Common Stonechat

Common Stonechat

Wakkerstroom Wetland Reserve

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Wakkerstroom Promenade

Wakkerstroom Promenade

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Wakkerstroom

Wakkerstroom

Wakkerstroom is the 6th oldest town in the district of the Old Transvaal, a quaint little village that seems as if it stood still in time.
A Conservation and Heritage site which is internationally renowned as a “Birders” paradise.

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Long-tailed Shrike

 Long-tailed Shrike

Pongola Dam

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Capturing wildlife

Capturing wildlife

Vincent & Mariska comparing notes.

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Rhino spotting

Rhino spotting

We spend a week with Jan & Mariska at Pongola Dam. They have been on the road for 3 years and heading for Swaziland and then back to Holland through East Africa. We had some good times together and will miss them. As the picture shows, nobody is in each other’s way.

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Curiosity

Curiosity

Warthog at Pongola Dam investigating the Go Pro.

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Go Pro

Go Pro

Vincent playing with his new toy in Ithala Game Reserve.

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Ithala Game Reserve

 Ithala Game Reserve

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Oeps, flat!

Oeps, flat!

455 days and 41000 km later we have our first flat tyre. It took Vincent 45 minutes to change, not too bad.

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The Battle of Blood River

The Battle of Blood River

16 December 1838, 464 Voortrekkers, 64 ox wagons, between 12000 and 15000 Zulu Warriors, a battle won by the Voortrekkers.

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Descendants

Descendants

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Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

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Revisit

Revisit

Our second visit to the Golden Gate National Park, such a beautiful area!

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Tight fit

Tight fit

Installing the new water pump is not easy because of restricted space in the compartment.

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R.I.P.

R.I.P.

Our dearest water pump is no more..

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Ballooning in Parys

Ballooning in Parys

After spending a week with Theresa & Marc in Johannesburg we went with to Parys and watched Marc going on an early balloon flight with guests.

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Take-off

Take-off

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Lisa the intelligent farm dog

  Lisa the intelligent farm dog

After 3 days hard labor under supervision of Lisa the heater was installed, tested and approved. What a pleasure!

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DIY

DIY

They might not look very professional but I don’t think any workshop in Africa could have done a better job. Installing a diesel heater is not that difficult in a empty mobile home but in a fully furnished truck it is not that easy finding space, working in small corners and making it look neat.

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Kameelfontein, Pretoria

 Kameelfontein, Pretoria

We were happy to meet up with our Dutch traveling friends again and very pleased when Jan agreed to install the heating with Vincent.

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Back to South Africa

Back to South Africa

Because of the rainy season we did not stay long in Botswana.
Since we almost suffered frostbite last winter especially in Lesotho (minus 5 inside the truck) we decided to install heating and the best place to get all the parts would be South Africa.
While there we can enjoy some fine dining again ☺

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Get it while you can

 Get it while you can

We were not the only ones enjoying the flowers.

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Queen of the night

 Queen of the night

While visiting a friend on a farm in Lobatse we were fortunate to witness the blooming of these beautiful flowers. They bloom overnight for 12 hours and then wither away at sunrise.

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Always read the roadsigns

Always read the roadsigns

On our way to Nata.

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BCE

BCE

Beautiful Chobe Ellie ☺

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Road from Ngoma to Kasane

Road from Ngoma to Kasane

We love travelling this stretch of road as there is always a lot of game to see. This time we came across hundreds of elephants, a few buffalo, giraffes, baboons, warthogs and impala.

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Ngoma Border Post, Botswana

Ngoma Border Post, Botswana

Ngoma was the easiest border crossing we experienced in a year, it took us only 10 minutes. What a pleasure!

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Western Banded Snake Eagle

Western Banded Snake Eagle

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Trumpeter Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill

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Gymnogene

Gymnogene

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Modifying the nest for breeding

Modifying the nest for breeding

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Real fine love

Real fine love

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Great birding at the Fishfarm in Katima

Great birding at the Fishfarm in Katima

While waiting for Vincent’s new passport to arrive, we stayed with our friends in Katima. We saw lots of beautiful birds and got very excited to witness the hard life off a specific thick-billed weaver.
We watched him building his nest with great care, finding a female partner, enduring to see her breaking down some parts of the house she did not like, rebuilding until she was satisfied, 2 minutes pleasure (?), modifying the nest for breeding, feeding his partner and becoming a dad.
The picture above shows him waiting in anticipation for her approval!

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Deere John

Deere John

Eventually “Deere John” got us out with the help of 5 hard working men, 5 jacks, spades, panga, 4 sand tracks, 100 sandbags (yes 100!), loads of wooden planks, tree branches and bushes, ropes, triple stainless steel cable, blankets, a water pump … and a lot of patience!

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With a little help from my friends

With a little help from my friends

Day 3 of 5.

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Houston, Houston, we have a problem..

Houston, Houston, we got a problem..

Day 2 of 5

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Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

We got horribly stuck in Mudumu National Park. Help is needed, recovery team on their way. Fun and games!

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Cooling down in the Kwando

Cooling down in the Kwando

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Fishing with a spectator

Fishing with a spectator

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For our eyes only

For our eyes only

Very seldom one gets the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in an environment without anybody around. We consider ourselves very fortunate.

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Mudumu National Park

Mudumu National Park

Mudumu has been our paradise for the past 3 weeks, no people, no cars just the two of us in the park. This was the view from our campsite. We had lots of visitors: elephant, hippo, wildebeest, zebra, impala, warthog, kudu and every night we heard the lions roar but unfortunately never saw them.

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Sir Basil’s New Look

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