Southern Ground Hornbill in The Kruger

The sighting, September of last year, was our second time seeing this vulnerable species in Kruger National Park. It was around sunset on our way back to our campsite at Pretoriuskop. This bird not only looks strange, but apparently has some breeding habits that make it very slow to reproduce. According to wikitardia, Southern Ground … More Southern Ground Hornbill in The Kruger

Willis Walk Bridle Path in Simon’s Town

Between the Boulder’s Beach parking lot and the Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony is a beautiful boardwalk named Willis Walk. Before reaching the official SANParks Boulders Visitor Center and penguin viewing area, visitors can sneak peaks at many penguins nesting and nestled under the shrubs along the walk, where caretakers have made plenty of nesting sites … More Willis Walk Bridle Path in Simon’s Town

I’m Not Giving up Elephants for Lent!

Okay, so nobody said anything about elephants, which is good because although I haven’t seen a live elephant in at least a week, I have been hooked on a herd of elephants from the book The Elephant Whisperer, by the late author, Lawrence Anthony.  And I refuse to give up either the book or the … More I’m Not Giving up Elephants for Lent!

Chamizal National Memorial and “Persons in Between”

Welcome to Manuscript Monday! Tomorrow, February 4th, will be 40 years since Chamizal become part of the National Park Service (although it wasn’t until 1966 that it became Chamizal National Memorial). The once-disputed boundary lands of El Paso in the United States and Juarez, in Mexico now contain a peace memorial thanks to a treaty … More Chamizal National Memorial and “Persons in Between”

My Best Spot in Kruger: Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle Owl

There were two spots I made on our first trip to The Kruger that made me really feel like I accomplished a lot: Verreaux’s eagle-owl; and a civet. The civet story and photos can wait for another day. Today is about that owl. We were on a dirt road in the southern part of the … More My Best Spot in Kruger: Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle Owl

The Marla and The Kurt Went to The Kruger Again and Saw 0 Cheetahs

For the second time, we did not see any cheetah in Kruger National Park, a.k.a. “The Kruger”. Or…is it “the Kruger”? I love the way South Africans refer to it, particularly when they use “the”. I was trying to think of an equivalent in the states. We also drop the words “….National Park” off the … More The Marla and The Kurt Went to The Kruger Again and Saw 0 Cheetahs