Today saw us up at the usual time and out walking again. Today's
our last day at the private reserve, before driving back to the
main lodge and out to Kruger national park. Many of the animals
were in hiding this morning, Garth instead taught us how to make
string and how not to get lost in the bush with a watch and the
sun. His explanation was good, but would only work in the southern
hemisphere. I've provided an updated version for the northern hemisphere,
thanks mainly to an argument whilst out walking in the wilds of
Sussex with a couple of friends of mine.
How not to get lost:
In the Southern Hemisphere:
How to find north with a watch and the sun.
- Hold the watch horizontal with the '12' pointing directly towards
It helps if you stand a piece of grass on the '12' and rotate the watch until the grass' shadow passes through both the '12' and the '6'.
- Look at the hour hand. half the angle between '12' and
the hour hand points towards north.
In the Northern Hemisphere:
How to find south with a watch and the sun.
- Hold the watch horizontal with the hour hand pointing
directly towards the sun
It helps if you stand a piece of grass at the end of the 'hour
hand' and rotate the watch until the grass' shadow passes along
the line of the hour hand.
- Half the angle between '12' and the hour hand points
For example, if your watch shows 3 o'clock, then north (or south)
is at an angle of 45 degrees from the sun (the shadow cast by the
piece of grass).
Kruga national park is the size of Belgium. The combined size of
Kruga and the private fenceless reserves that surround it, known
as the 'Greater Kruga' is roughly the same as that of Holland. Whilst
we were here we saw giraffe,
(or wilderbeast), impala, steinbuck, zebra,
baboons and elephant,
of elephant. We first bumped into an old
guy who was trying to catch a little shut eye when we blundered
across him. We also saw a couple of breeding herds, females with
baby elephants and also a male in musta (must,
on heat) who wanted to find a lady in a similar mood! No
leopard as yet, but we've decided to go on another safari tomorrow
morning rather than look around a cheetah rehabilitation project.
We decided that the cheetah sighting that we got was so good that
we'd rather go searching for more game...