Having a Wild Time

I was the only one to climb to the skyline of that hill opposite the deck.


‘Hleka (or Hlega) Manzi’ cottage.

The past four days have been memorable. Muscles loosened up by an hour on a horse have been kept in action with a lot of walking, climbing, swimming, and even paddling a small boat round a dam. I can boast having done far more rambling and climbing than anyone else in the party, including daughter and granddaughters.


On the way to the reserve we crammed in a visit to Howick Falls and another to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. Next day we braved the exit trip with its challenging! roads in order to visit various kitch sites of the Midlands Meander, as well as some really genuine crafters like Dargle Valley Pottery and Culamoya Chimes.

The falls on Eland River and our swimming spot below.

Otherwise, we enjoyed the sights of the varied wildlife on foot or by driving within the reserve, even seeing the fairly elusive secretary birds. A herd of wildebeest alternated with one of Nguni cattle in the view from our balcony, from which a couple of fish eagles were also observed in Cabbage Tree Dam, opposite. We also saw lots of eland and zebras we came around a corner after dark to find an unexpected Zebra Crossing directly ahead of us!

Predators and scavengers like mountain leopards, wild dogs, jackals, and serval cats did not show themselves, but they are there.

© April 2017 Colonialist

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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16 Responses to Having a Wild Time

  1. Looks terrific. But that’s no cottage, that’s a dirty great big house!

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  2. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    Sounds wonderful! SO pleased that you are so fit and able to enjoy all these activities!


  3. Scottie says:

    Wonderful. What a joy to share with your family. Hugs


  4. Colline says:

    What a beautiful place to ramble. I certainly would have joined you!


  5. Pretty impressive, all that exercise, for an older type person, I like the photos of the animals.
    I noticed Emilio (disperser) being corny as usual, must have been reading some of your stuff 😈


  6. disperser says:

    I was going to ask “what’s gnu” but then I saw . . .


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