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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby JenB » Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:44 pm

You were that close to a rhino scratching post?? :shock:
Awesome, simply awesome! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:36 pm

Now for the difficult part of the report. How do you describe magic?

You have captured the magic well, Imberbe :mrgreen: :clap:
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:25 pm

But in the end walking is not about meeting the big animals only. The magic of walking is about being part of the bush, instead of just a spectator.

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It is also about seeing the small things and having hands on experiences, such as finding this empty shell of a leopard tortoise that had been killed by ground horn bills.

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It is about getting in touch with nature, and re connecting with your own roots as part of creation.

It is also about walking in ancient footsteps and pondering about the mystery of humanity, who we are and what we are becoming.

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And more recent departures these potsherds tells of.

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And enjoying the quiet.

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All this adds up making Wolhuter an incredible experience no one should miss.

Wolhuter: Wildernis trail of the year 2010.

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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Shi » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:38 pm

Wonderfully described Imberbe thank you :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:05 pm

Eich, I am so glad you are not interested in the lion story. 8)

So let me tell you about the nice marula tree we saw... :dance:

I don't have to tell you that it is often nature that finds you, rather than you finding it. You know, such as when you are just sitting down to a well deserved brunch after a mornings walk, and everyone is real laid back and contented. The group is chatting away and mulling about the mornings experience.

And just say that you happen to glance up and your eye just catching some movement on the other side of the three feet fence, behind some bushes, say 70 meters away. Now typically your eyes and your conscious brain would just ignore that. But is it the many hours spent in the bush, or is it just your imagination, but is something in the back of your head shouting ... marula tree!?

You look up and yes, behind that lioness sulking away behind the grasses you can see the most magnificent looking marula tree. Not the biggest you saw that day, but it just draws you to it. So you promptly order the group to put down their food and approach the fence to have a good look at it. They are for some reason somewhat hesitant to get too close, but knowing the character of marula trees you lead them to the fence to have a proper look.

And yes, there it is! Some 40 meters away, there just behind that patch of bush the group of three lionesses are using to try and stalk the Impala which came down to drink at the waterhole next to the fence. You take a good look at the marula tree, and somehow get the feeling that it is staring back at you. Almost as if it is trying to avoid detection, not quite knowing what to make of you.

After having a good look the group again moves back to the brunch table. Somehow more lively now. When you later return to the fence, the impala and the marula tree is gone. :hmz: :huh:
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Shi » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:54 am

Lovely Marula tree story Imberbe :D :clap: :clap: :rtm: :slap: But I am really curious about the impies....Did they like the Marula tree? :roll: :D :D
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Scadoxus » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:39 pm

What Imberbe forgot to tell you, it that after we got back from the marula tree and fence..... there was something busy eating our food....
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Scadoxus » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:19 pm

The chef, Johan was called from the kitchen to keep the birds off the table while we went over to the fence. These birds have also become accustomed to Johan's pot bread and grabbed at any opportunity to help themselves to some freshly baked bread.

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Later that afternoon we went on a sunset drive and walk around the dam.
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Nothing beats the quiet of the African bush around a dam at sunset. I've saved this as a screen saver - but also to serve as a stress stopper and reminder of our time at Wolhuter.

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This is another special memory of the koppie and the dam.
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Shi » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:14 pm

*SIGH* Sounds blissful Scadoxus :dance: :dance: Lovely photo of the tree and reflection :clap: :clap:
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby kalulu » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:22 pm

What a great report! Thanks, Imberbe. It was good to be informed so clearly, as I was never sure before what a trail was like. Your lovely pics and descriptions help capture that spirit of place.

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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby ndloti » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:27 am

Scadoxus - strange striations visible in the sky on the last 2 photos - natural or due to streaks on camera lens - or is it computer / screen related ?
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Scadoxus » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:30 pm

:? Seems as though this happened after I "Saved for web" on PSE 6, else the photo would have been too big to upload. But the soft mid tone colours are due to the sunset.
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Re: Wolhuter Trail

Unread postby Awake » Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:26 pm

Have just got back from the Wolhuter Trail.
Thanks to Gordon and John for a fantastic trip.
Gordon, your knowledge of the bush is fantastic and John, you have the most incredible spotting abilities.
Johan also did a great job with the cooking.

The highlight of the trip was a Lichtenstein's Hartebeest.
According to Gordon, the first time he has seen one in the Wolhuter area.
Certainly a first for me too.

Keep up the good work!

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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Scadoxus » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:13 pm

Here is an image of what the accommodation looked like:
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Re: Wolhuter Trail: photos and report

Unread postby Scadoxus » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:22 pm

After the relaxing time at Wolhuter, we spent some more time at Berg-en-Dal camp. This elephant bull came down to the dam for a mud bath and some fun in the water.
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