Year in the Wild Blog

Days 42-43 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Small creatures, big place

The cold front from the Cape hit the Karoo just as I arrived at Camdeboo National Park. I had just two days in this little protected area near Graaff-Reinet. Sometimes poor weather can add mood to a photograph, but mostly it simply makes everything dull and grey.

I’ve been to Camdeboo a few times, and the views of the Karoo are some of the best. Although everyone goes to the Valley of Desolation, another really good viewpoint is at the end of the Kuduskloof 4×4 trail. Here I watched a barrage of dark clouds roll in across the vlaktes of the Karoo…an awesome sight. As impressive was the wind as it roared around the koppie on which I was standing. Whooooaaarrr!

The view of the storm coming in, from end of Kuduskloof 4x4 Trail.

Another view of the storm coming in...

It's been a looong week for this vervet monkey

There are plenty of Southern Boubous at the favourite bird. For me their call is symbolic of southern Africa

This striped field mouse lived in a bush next to my tent

Anyone know what bird this is?! He was hanging around outside my tent at the campsite, where there is a lot of acacia woodland.

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Thanks to my partners Cape Union MartFord EverestGoodyear, and K-Way.

As well as EeziAwnFrontrunnerGlobecommHetznerNational LunaOutdoor PhotoSafari Centre Cape Town, Tracks 4 Africa, and Vodacom.

Conservation partners BirdLife South AfricaBotswana Department of Wildlife and National ParksCapeNatureEastern Cape Parks and TourismEzemvelo KZN WildlifeGorongosa National ParkiSimangaliso Wetland Park, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Parque Nacional do Limpopo, South African National Parks and Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

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