Category Archives: Tooling Around

From baboons to warthogs, animals are aplenty in South Africa

Sept. 6, 2014 My time in South Africa has allowed me to see and interact with animals I had only previously seen in books or at zoos. And of course,  I encountered a few species in grocery store meat counters … Continue reading

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A snow-covered Hogsback lures South African “snowbirds”

Sept. 1, 2014 In the U.S., people who flee New England snow in the winter for Florida are nicknamed snowbirds.   But in South Africa, where snow is rare, I witnessed a different type of snowbird: the ones who flock … Continue reading

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The elephants of Addo warrant the term “awesome”

August 14, 2014 My second trip to Addo Elephant National Park proved to live up to all my expectations. To find the elephants, you can’t go too early or too late, especially in winter.

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The early bird catches the rare lion

August 14, 2014 While seeing elephants was the No. 1 aim of my trip to Addo Elephant National Park, about a 100-minute drive from Grahamstown, I knew that the park also featured some of the other big five African game … Continue reading

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Vervet ‘varmints’ vex my efforts against being fooled

August 14, 2014 Along the road and in the bushes of the Eastern Cape, the black-faced vervet monkey seems to be at the ready to bound across and around vehicles and people on the lookout for cheap eats, i.e. people’s … Continue reading

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Penguins on parade, on the beach, even on socks

July 25, 2014 You might think that a visit to Africa would warrant a plan to commune with elephants or giraffes or lions.   No. A visit to South Africa, Cape Town and the Western Cape including the Cape of … Continue reading

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Not your everyday encounter with flora and fauna

July 17, 2014 Grahamstown, South Africa apparently is situated at the crossroads of four biomes, or animal and plant groupings based on climate and geography.   What that means is what you typically see around town in terms of bushes, birds, and … Continue reading

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