Author: Cheryl King

Six Things you should know about Birdwatching

Birdwatching is a great and popular hobby to have.  However, before becoming a birdwatcher,  consider the following. Despite what you may think, it’s easy to be a birdwatcher. Don’t be put off by birdwatchers’ paraphernalia such as fancy binoculars, state of the art scopes and camera lenses the size of bazookas.    Avoid being intimidated by their ability to identify birds by just their calls and flight patterns. Some folk also think birding is for “old people” – don’t let this put you off.  The youngest birder I know started when he was nine years old with no binoculars but...

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Five Good Reasons to love Marakele National Park

In the heart of Limpopo’s Waterberg Mountains, you’ll find Marakele National Park.  In Tswana, Marakele means “a place of sanctuary”.  This is true for the animals, birds and other creatures, but also for all nature lovers. There’s a lot to love about Marakele, these are my top 5:   1.  Stunning Scenery I found myself spellbound with views of majestic mountains, grass-covered hillsides and deep valleys.  I felt as if I was in a wild beautiful wilderness. The best mountain views are from Lenhong Viewing site some 2000 metres above sea level. The panorama view is truly spectacular.  I...

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World Rhino Day 2018

Today is World Rhino Day.  Although according to statistics, the number of rhinos being killed has declined, the news is still grim. I promised myself when I started this blog that I would never focus on the negative.  However, visit Save The Rhino where you will not only learn how critically endangered our precious rhinos are (about 3 killed each day) but also how corruption has thwarted efforts to stop this carnage.  The more people who know about this the better.  Hopefully, all those involved, the poachers, king-pins and others in high places are brought to task. Finding a Rhino...

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Eye Ball to Eye Ball with Cape Vultures

Want to come eyeball to eyeball with a Cape Vulture?  Visit Oribi Gorge’s vulture viewing hide on Kwa Zulu Natal’s South Coast. Although not as cute as the tiny Pearl Spotted Owlet or the endearing penguins in Simonstown, Vultures have their own special magic. I’ve always associated vultures with sitting in a vehicle at a game park watching them squabble over a rotting carcass.  Although it’s a  privilege to watch these huge birds gorge themselves on their foul-smelling meal,  I never quite felt endeared to them. However, having come up close and personal with Cape Vultures here at Oribi, I’ve...

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My Favourite Quote for 2018 Women’s Day

With Women’s Day on Thursday (9 August 2018), I got to thinking what would be my most favourite quote by a powerful courageous woman. There are hundreds to choose from, but the one that resonates with me is Eleanor Roosevelt’s statement :   “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” Eleanor Roosevelt was a very powerful woman in her later life.  She was married to Franklin Roosevelt president of the United States, enjoyed immense wealth, was a successful diplomat and humanitarian.  She travelled widely, received awards for her work and wrote a successful newspaper article for...

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