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17 Feb

Back from the brink (part one)

A little while ago I promised to post something about two miracle stories of conservation. This is the first and it is about the Bonetbok (Damaliscus dorcas) a colourful antelope endemic to the Western Cape in South Africa. These beautiful but conspicuous antelope were hunted almost to extinction by the early settlers and in 1837 the Van der Byl family, recognising the imminent demise of the species, set aside a portion of their farm for the protection of the last 17 remaining Bontebok. The numbers grew and in 1931 the Bontebok...

30 Dec

An adventure with David Livingstone

This week I enjoyed a peach of a day with David Livingstone - Seriously! His family came along as well, and his wife's name is Debbie - not Mary Moffat. He hails from New York rather than Scotland and he is not exactly a protestant missionary. You see this is a contemporary David Livingstone but nonetheless he was exploring Africa and we hiked in the Table Mountain National Park on a fat juicy perfect day. [caption id="attachment_2477" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A peach of a day in paradise[/caption] We were fortunate enough to see two...

25 Apr

The Far Side of Cape Point Nature Reserve

When Susannah and Jo from Farside Africa in Edinburgh came to visit we decided to walk at the southern tip of the Table Mountain National Park - in the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Of cocanadian viagraurse we avoided the mainstream attractions and instead went to the Farside of the park, where we had a wonderful walk. We did not see a single person on our walk even though we were in one of the most popular National Parks in the country! We did however bump into a small herd of Bontebok...