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Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:40 pm 
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Now, the big one remains here, there are signs to be seen
Both in and around me, amongst all my serene.
For that's what they do here, if you know what I mean.
"It's like a pit for the dead" I've often heard being said.


Sirheni.

Sirheni camp page wrote:
‘Sirheni’ is a Tsonga word that means ‘cemetery’, after a type of elephant graveyard at a site near to the camp. Sirheni Bushveld Camp nestles on the edge of the Kruger National Park’s northern plains within the Mopane veld of the region.


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I watch as the Kings often gain a meal or two


Sirheni camp page wrote:
Visitors have been awakened to the sounds of lion and hyena, as there are often kills at the dam


King = lion. Gain a meal = Kill

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And the resident slothy horse, rid her spots of the dew!


Leopard = luiperd. Literally "lazy horse."

Sirheni camp page wrote:
Sirheni has a resident leopard that is seen on a regular basis, often coming down to drink at the dam



So I guess Sirheni is the place.

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I dont know, it certainly sounds good though. :D

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Thanks Restio, you have done all the explaining for me :clap: :clap: :clap: Spot on.

UP HERE (Indicating top of the park) ON MY OWN (pretty remote) I CARRY JUST A DOZEN AND THREE (only 15 cottages at Sirheni!!

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I enjoyed that so much, Rosemary! :D Glad that you've provided explanations for some of the other clues as well. 8)


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Well done Restio. :clap:

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Well done Resio :clap:

Rosemary, please can we have some more, pretty please :D

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There will be another one soon Jazil, I promise. Working on it :P

So glad you guys are enjoying them :) :)

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OK here's another!!!

BUT I was thinking ...... as I am missing out on all the fun of solving things around here, how about someone else posting a Taradiddle.

Anyone is welcome to come up with one. Wait a day or two before revealing the answer to give all interested forumites time to tackle it!!! It's fun, so give it a go after this one is solved, if you wish. :) :) :) I'm sure there are alot of ideas out there. Here goes....

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It was nineteen, nineteen
When JJ, appeared on the scene
And, like his father, it sounded like he
Too was a "good sir coming to me ( :twisted: )

With his memory of the animals, he first saw in this place
And his love, right beside him, with her lines and her lace
He sat down beside his fire, with a smile and a drink
For the official of the park, and the mail and me
Now had a name and he could begin to think.
Of how he would plan the task to be done
For by saving Ebony's brother, the battle would be won!!

They said there was a karma which sat up on a hill
Which has some gum and a band as well.
Now a fair share of rain would so fit the bill
You might just feel it, if around me you dwell.

Now JJ has long gone, his task was done,
And the park has some newish friends of which I have some.
But my original interlaced branches stand strong
Roughly covered in mud, they'll be there for long.

The birds and the flora are of the best you might see.
Perhaps because of karma, between you and me.
So, let the flycatcher show you all that I've got
If you watch very closely, it will guide you through me!!

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Wow, Wow, on first reading have not got a clue, but I am useless at these things. Will keep me busy for days, its just such fun.

(Congrats Rosemary on your Kudu, great, well done!) :clap:

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I agree with Jazil - such fun!! Brilliant again, RoasemaryH!

The answer is Punda Maria - the "flycatcher" at the end gave it away.

Nineteen, nineteen = the restcamp was named in 1919 by J J Coetzer the first ranger to be posted there.

Coetzer sounds like "good sir".

He named it Punda Maria thinking that was the Swahili for Zebra, the first animal that he saw. Later found out that it should have been Punda Milia - Swahili for "striped donkey".

Kept the name in hounour of his wife - "his love right beside him"

His aim was to curb ivory poaching - "task to be done, saving Ebony's brother" (Ebony and Ivory, the song.)

The next verse is still a mystery to me, although the camp is built on a hill and has a high rainfall.

"Original interlaced branches stand strong, roughly covered in mud, they'll be there for long" = the huts, althoug renovated, still have their original structure of wattle and daub as cement was unaffordable when the camp was built.

"The birds and flora are of the best you might see - Punda is often called the botanical garden of the Park.

The flycatcher guiding you = the Flycatcher Trail inside the camp!


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Now I HAVE to start working!!


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Wow naomi c -- you make it look so easy :clap: :clap:

Well done RosemaryH -- love them but, like Jazil, need weeks :)


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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:03 pm 
Well done, guys! :clap:

They said there was a karma which sat up on a hill
Which has some gum and a band as well.
Now a fair share of rain would so fit the bill
You might just feel it, if around me you dwell.


This is tricky! :?

According to Gus Adendorff's book, an old chief had been buried on the hill behind Punda, and he had rain-making powers?!

Otherwise, maybe something to do with the "propeller tree"?

Punda is the Camp with the highest average annual rainfall, although Pretoriuskop is also a contender, I think!


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That verse must definitely be referring to the Ghumbandebvu Hill (576m) which is situated East of Punda Maria.

It is named after a chief whose daughter Khama was believed to possess great rain-making skills.

During years of great drought, people from far and wide would bring gifts to Khama and implore her to bring rain.

She reportedly would then slaughter a goat, prolonging its death cries, :shock: so that the ancestors would climb to the top of the hill with bones and potions and call the spirits to change the weather.

Many people today believe the hill is sacred and haunted.

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