Year in the Wild Blog

First day in the Tankwa Karoo…spring flowers everywhere!

I’ve just spent my first day in the Tankwa Karoo National Park. It’s about 50 kilometres due east of the Cederberg in the Western Cape, and it’s one of the truly best-kept secrets in South Africa. At this time of year, the dry dusty Karoo veld explodes into colour…it’s as if someone has flown through the cobalt-blue sky, sprinkling brightly coloured confetti everywhere on the ground below.

I often take too many photographs…but today I couldn’t help myself. I don’t think you can blame me…this place is amazing. Once again, I am so proud to be a South African, because we are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful countries (I think!).

I’m staying at a lovely old homestead called Varschfontein in the north-west of the park…it’s all alone under the capacious Karoo night sky, and the stars are BRIGHT! What a place. I’m uploading this blog via my EvoSat unit…which is working really well! (Faster than broadband at home sometimes!)

And finally, I was VERY lucky to see a rare aardvark on my way back to my cottage…the furry creature was walking down the road towards me. So I stopped my Ford Everest and waited. It then veered off the road, and I got out to take some photos. Fortunately, the aardvark stopped for a few seconds, giving me enough time to put the long lens on my camera! Thank you Mr Aardvark for a memorable drive home today! And thank you Tankwa Karoo for the incredible flowers…

Stay wild everyone!

Aardvark - Tankwa Karoo National Park

Aardvark - Tankwa Karoo National Park

 

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park

 

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park

 

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park

 

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park

 

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park

 

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park

 

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park

 

Tankwa Karoo National Park

Tankwa Karoo National Park

 

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