Careful in the veldt !! Mapungubwe

When out for a carefree stroll in the veld, be aware that things could be lurking. Outside Mapungubwe in October 2013 I spotted a male lion running free on the tar road. As I got closer he ducked under a little bush. Amazing how I would never have spotted him had I not seen him dive under it!


He’s there, believe me! A short while later he bolted and ran along the fence in the opposite direction to where I was going (on my way to Botswana). I was too slow with the camera.


The stay at Kaoxa was great. When I told Virgeenia I’d been sent there by young David Hill she exclaimed: Hau that one he makes us laugh!

Had the camp to myself and a magic bachelor’s supper, mainly liquid – Black Label and G&T’s with ice & lemon – biltong, crisps and tomato sarmies.

Next morning the ants had tried to hijack a stick of biltong, but had only moved it about 40cm. 30 000 of them put a thin stick on their backs for a getaway, but they were too slow.

The chalet was clean, the fridge was cold, there was lots of equipment I didn’t use. Magic sunset and sunrise. Eles, klipspringer, etc.

Mapungubwe Kaoxa (26).JPG

Checked out the Drifters camp – what a site in the rocky hillside!

Mapungubwe Kaoxa (38).JPG


On 2013/11/07 08:19, David Hill wrote:
Did you stay at Xaxoa? How was it? Let me know so I can let Duncan have 
some feedback. We were up there for his 60th beginning August - 25 old 
conneko's -beautiful.
-----Original Message-----
From: pete swanepoel home 
Did I tell you I saw a beautiful male lion running along the fence on the 
tar road outside Kaoxa? Obviously escaped from the De Beers reserve, he was 
as worried as hell! When I drove up next to him he dived under a bush and 
wouldn't move, even when I put my foot out and rustled the grass.
I'll add the picture I took. (I'll be even more wide awake walking in the 
bush now when I see how little cover a big male lion needs!). Cheers

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