Please welcome with us our new rhino bull “Iyuduko” who was translocated by the MET team (Ministry of Environment and Tourism) on Thursday night last week to Sandfontein. Iyuduko is an approximately 3-4 year old bull. Let me tell you, he kept us already on our toes. After he was released the first thing he did was to brake through the fence and go for a drink at the Orange River! We were afraid that we would need the whole MET team back including helicopter, veterinarian, crate, lorry, etc, etc, to get him back into the game fenced area. But after he saw that there was not much going on at the river he decided to come back! His name means in Ovambo language “the one that doesn’t listen”. We wish him all the best and a long happy life on Sandfontein!
We took these pictures last Friday afternoon driving towards Girtis – one farm belonging to the reserve – and the Orange River. The sunset with the clouds were spectacular and the colours amazing! To capture the beauty of this place is difficult but I do hope that these images can give a slight idea of the scenery! Enjoy!
Have you ever been out on a night when the stars are so low that you want to touch them? That you want to brush your fingers through the milky way and give it a good swirl? Have you ever had the sensation heaven is blinking down on you with millions of tiniest flashlights? Have you ever gazed into a starry sky and felt really, really small but nevertheless part of the great universe? Well, you haven’t? Then you have never experienced a night out on Sandfontein, out under the African night sky!
Myself growing up in Europe having for the first time seen a night sky without ANY disturbing lights from anywhere nearby – or any disturbing noises! – this is really an experience one can’t describe. This you must experience yourself!
Here on Sandfontein there are hardly any nights when you can’t see stars. Oh well, let me put it that way. When the moon is waxing and becoming fuller, the brightness of the stars is fading quickly. This is the only “disturbing” light there is! I believe one can cope with that.
On some nights you can be really lucky to see shooting stars as well. And I mean lucky. Be prepared to make a lot of wishes! I have had my share, however – and this is true – just recently someone counted 9 shooting stars in 2 hours! And I’m talking those amazing long and bright ones that shoot across the whole sky!
For all who want to know more about stargazing and dark sky tourism, see the link <stargazing deluxe>.
We’ve been really lucky again and had more rain over the weekend adding up to approximately 65mm altogether so far- which is amazing for this area with an average rainfall of 50 – 100 mm/year! Some parts of Sandfontein had probably even more than that and the grass is standing high!