When I had to go to Nelspruit for my Mozambican visa, I saw that the countryside looked quite amazing, so I decided I had to visit the area a bit more. Once back in Mozambique, I sent Katryn an e-mail stating my intention to accept her invitation. She replied positively and even asked me if I was interested to participate in a Field Guide course which Nelri was going to start shortly. It happened that we're finally all following the course.
|studying grasses and other subjects|
The drive and the home
I was picked up at a mall's MacDonald's in the early afternoon by two nice ladies. Wendy being the mother of Sheena, who was pregnant (Sheena, not Wendy). We drove from the Highveld down to the Lowveld through trust country. The road was quite nice and the view awesome as you will see from some pictures. The pictures are not from this trip itself though. The country just goes from mountains to flat hills, which is the lowveld. Trust country means that it is people from all over Africa who tried their luck in South Africa instead of staying in their country where they didn't have any opportunity to get somewhere in life. It is a huge area of small houses and it lies right next to Kruger National Park. Most of these people don't have a job, and some fall back to rhino poaching which, if they get the rhino's horns without getting caught, is a really lucrative business. Rhino horn sells about 55'000 USD per kilogram.
|Nyala in front of my door in TB|
The property's perimeter is about 10km long and is delimited by two fences and a bend in the Blyde River. There are giraffes, zebras, impalas, wildebeests (gnus), Pumbas (warthogs) and a leopard which I've not seen yet.
Nelri has a gap year in her studies, which she is filling out with this field guide course and her divemaster she is going to start afterwards. She wanted to do it at Tofo Scuba, but unfortunately nobody replied to her e-mails which she sent in January and February when John and Nikki were away touring SA.