"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Sioux under General
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Back from Parys and with time to spare, I took myself off to the nearest I could get to being in the bush – Rietvlei Nature Reserve. It’s become something of a ‘me time’ haven, where I can just switch-off from the world. I sat in a number of the bird hides, just taking in the silence and sounds of nature. Being a ‘school day’, the reserve was pretty much empty and I shared the roads with no more than 5 cars.

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At one of the hides, there was a lot of activity going on across the dam, from under the water. I couldn’t see more than  large splashes so can only assume it was the rather large cat-fish (barbel) in the dam, splashing about on the surface.  

Exiting the hide, I was rather surprised to see a large, lone buffalo standing under the shade of a tree right next to the pathway I had to walk on to get back to my car. It took me a good minute or two, to buck up the courage to walk past the sleepy beast, and once I had a fair distance between us, I reckon I broke a few sprinting records to get to the safety of my car! 

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Although the skies were clear, it was very windy and surprisingly, I saw more birds than game! 

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A pair of young zebra kept me entertained for a while with their antics, until the herd moved on, and I went off on an unsuccessful search of the elusive cheetah.

As always at Rietvlei, a fab day out.  

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One response to “Home again part 3 – Self drive and me time”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Lovely photos Sue! The cheetahs are as elusive as leopard :o)

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