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6. Exploring Parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga
    Southern African Wildlife College, 9/14/2018


Over these past few weeks we’ve been fortunate to have use of one of Jan and Nyeleti’s cars. By now we’re mostly used to driving on the left side of the road, and, we’ve even stopped turning the windshield wipers on whenever we reach to use the turn signal! Through several excursions we’ve explored some of the countryside of Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces. Below are photos and videos of landscapes, people, wildlife, etc. At the bottom is a mashup set to the music of Bayete, our favorite South African band so far. Enjoy!


Heading towards the Blyde River Canyon. Both sides of
the road are wildlife reserves.


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One of the many types of widlife you might encounter in the road....


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...or along the roadside.


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Part of the Blyde River Canyon.


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Lots of fresh citrus and avocados.


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Driving slowly behind a truck and enjoying the view.


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And, driving through tunnels.


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Near the tunnel, many vendors setup and sell fabrics, wood products, ceramics, and more.


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This vendor's name is "Happiness" — we think the name suits her well.


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At the end of dry season, it's fairly common to see
fires in open grassland and in the understory of shrubland.


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More beasts one might encounter in the road...


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...and more beasts.


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Roadside photos - we'll wait for a safari to try to get good photos in the wild.


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Named the three rondavels because of the resemblance to
traditional South African huts.


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Mountains and typical habitat.


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You definitely want to be careful if these are in the road...


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...which is why it's important to know when there are no fences!


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Trying to snag a good wildlife photo while driving by
on the way to get groceries is difficult.


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A mango plantation. Hope we'll be here when they
start to get ripe in January!


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We never get tired of looking at the Drakensberg Mountains!
This photo was taken on a slightly higher plateau than where we've spent
most of our time — apparently good habitat for tree plantations
(see the corduroy pattern resulting from the perfectly spaced rows of trees).



The view as we're about to enter the Blyde River Canyon.


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A mashup of driving scenes — mostly from populated areas —
set to the music of the band Bayete.