4th November 2006
Enjoyed our breakfast at Brandwag Hotel with a view to the elands still browsing on the hillside across the road. It was going to be a warm and sunny day, good for us coming from a nice Golden October in Germany.
Back to Glen Reenen we met Alex. It is great to meet a SANParks Guru, Alex made this day a winner for us.
At “Mountain Retreat Rest Camp” we enjoyed with him the scenic view.
View from Highlands Mountain Retreat
Afterwards we had a short walk to Callie’s Kraal.Wonderful landscape.
Back at the car we saw a lonely Blue Wildebeest enjoying the green grass and the yellow flowers.
Next we walked to the vulture restaurant.
It seems the vultures were on “diet”, next feeding was planned at the next week for the birding weekend.
So you could only see vultures circling across the area, checking the scene and waiting for the next feeding.
There were some Cape vultures and one bearded vulture.
Following the Oribi loop we arrived at the Drakensberg view point.
Here a picture of Alex and me:
At Blesbok Loop we saw a black wildebeest running down the hill. Alex, I got it, even if it was running so fast.
In the valley down the hill you could see it standing and it seems it was wondering why it was running that fast, as there were no predators chasing it.
So you see we had a wonderful morning with Alex giving us a lot of information on Golden Gate, the National Park with this wonderful landscape which we definitely will visit again.
Thank you Alex for giving us such a superb start into our holiday.
In the afternoon we drove down to the valley towards Harrismith. Alex told us we find the animals down there in the valley enjoying the fresh grass. And there they were, herds with zebras, black wildebeests, springboks and blesboks. Unfortunately this road towards Harrismith has much traffic and people often drive very fast. So it was sometimes impossible to stop and enjoy the sightings.
Enjoying the green meadows …