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YITW 2013-14 – Rain in the Kgalagadi!

If you have ever been here, then you’ll know that it’s almost always a hot and dry place, with average rainfall of around 200 mm. Well, in the last three days there has been about 30mm at Nossob, and the usually dry Nossob River bed actually looks like a river!! (This river only flows twice a century usually). I took these photos this morning between Polentswa and Nossob…and it’s still drizzling right now. Strange to be driving through knee high water in the Kgalagadi! The earth and the animals
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YITW 2013-14 First few days in Kgalagadi in summer – one word: epic!

When the locals tell you that it’s going to be “cooler” in the next few days, and that the predicted temperature will be 38 degrees, not the usual 45 degrees, then you know it’s hot. When those denizens of the desert – the gemsbok - start moving into the shade of the camel thorn trees at 9am to spend the day out of the sun, then yip, it’s going to be a smoking hot day.

While everyone was driving south out of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in middle of January, going back to work and
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British Airways Magazine – January 2014 – Wild Coast reserves

In this article in British Airways Magazine, I profile four nature reserves on South Africa's Wild Coast, the least developed and most beautiful part of the subtropical coastline. Although there is increasing pressure on the land and sea, these reserves largely retain their sense of wildness. My favourite is Mkambati Nature Reserve in the northern part of this coastline...check it out!

Day 1 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – The beginning!

I'm spending my first night of Year in the Wild 2013-14 in the Royal Natal National Park in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site! I've got another 15 months of travel ahead of me, exploring about 50 of South Africa's most special protected areas, as well as the transfrontier parks on the borders of the country.

It's the middle of winter here, but it feels like summer! The Drakensberg mountains are often covered in snow at this time of year, but the sky is blue, the sun is out and the
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Karoo road trip – Mountain Zebra National Park

The second protected area on my Karoo road trip was Mountain Zebra National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It’s one of my favourite. It’s small – only about 280 square kilometres, but its crammed with beautiful rolling hills covered in grass, and the high plateau of the Bankberg mountains.

The conservation of the South African endemic Cape Mountain Zebra is a remarkable success story.

By the late 1800s,
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Special moments at Addo’s Gorah Elephant Camp

While I was at Gorah Elephant Camp in Addo Elephant National Park, I picked up a copy of a remarkable book by Nicola Schwim, a former field guide at Gorah who now lives in the nearby city of Port Elizabeth, running her own organic fresh produce business.

Nicola worked for several years at Gorah, guiding guests around Addo and introducing them to it's
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