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Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Life in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is an oasis in an otherwise dry and arid country. It is the worlds largest inland Delta covering 44 000 m², formed where the Okavango River empties onto a swamp in the Kalahari Desert. It starts in the western highlands of Angola, with tributaries joining to form the Cubango River which flows […]

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Sardine fever hits South Africa’s Wild Coast in the months of June/July every year. The migration begins off the cool waters of the coast and run north east up to Mozambique and then further east to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. In terms of sheer biomass, researchers have compared the sardine run to […]

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The Makgadikgadi Pan is a huge collection of salt pans covering 6200m² in the middle of the north eastern savanna lands of Botswana, just south east of the Okavango Delta. It is one of the world’s largest salt flats. For most of the year the pans are covered in a salty crust but seasonal rains […]

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The Skeleton Coast is named after the skeletal shipwrecks and whale bones that line the shores from the days of the whaling industry. More than 1000 wrecks line the shores creating an eerie, desolate atmosphere. The Bushmen of Namibia called the region the “The land God made in anger” and the Portuguese mariners referred to […]

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The Luangwa River is one of Zambia’s biggest rivers and a major tributary of the Zambezi River. It flows south through a valley of woodlands, grasslands and riverine forests and is the life blood of the South Luangwa National Park with some of Africa’s most intense wildlife concentrations. There are over 60 different animal species […]

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The Kalahari Desert covers a large arid to semi-arid area of approximately 350 000m² over much of Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The word Kalahari means “great thirst” in Tswana. It is not a true desert as most people think because parts receive annual rains making it fairly well vegetated with grasses, thorny shrubs and […]

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North Island Although the ocean has been a little unsettled, the visibility has been excellent – a constant 25-30 metres throughout the month. Some days has seen visibility in excess of 35 metres. The marine activity at the Sprat City diving site has been superb with schools of Blue, Gold and lunar fusiliers resident on […]

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There have been plenty of good rains of recent which has been good for propagating the green grass and replenishing the pans and water table. The rains have made the atmosphere fresh and the veld looks wonderful with green leaves and high grass. It continues to get even better as the good weather continues. The […]

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Rocktail Beach Camp

This is a good time to visit Rocktail Beach Camp in South Africa – a highlight being the opportunity to see the nesting turtles and hatching nestlings. The snorkelling at Lala Nek continues to impress and according to a guide, who has 40 years of experience, it’s the best the area has ever seen. The […]

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