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Pete's Pond cam discussion - Friday 12 October 2007

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Pete's Pond cam discussion - Friday 12 October 2007

Pete's Pond cam discussion

TGIFriday 12 October 2007

secretadmirer (not verified)
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Anybody else see that glow way back there?  Hope it's not a fire.

secretadmirer (not verified)
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This is my first year with PP and I've gotten addicted to this cam.  Afke has done a wonderful job as the cam operator,  I'm glad she will be staying until the season ends.  

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Just a note to all you PP fans.. Afke the cam operator was out of town yesterday thats why it was panning most of the day.. She went to get her visa renewed so she could stay at PP for the rest of the summer.. She had no problem getting it and will be with us on cam for the rest of the season as far as we know.  here is a copy of the letter she left at NG forum... ***My trip to Selebi-Phikwe

Left here around 4h45 and it was still dark. But soon the sky started to turn lighter and I just love that time of day. You see the birth of a new day, the world becomes visable again and colours come back. Wonderful. We saw Impala herds, Spring Hares and Steenbokkies. And a small group of Wildebeest too.

The first part of the trip is on dirt roads. The main road here has had quite a beating from the rain and the water coming down. Normally when I have driven along a road, I remember what it looked like... little details etc. But this time... everything had changed so much! The raods were damaged, there was evidence of large and smaller (but all very strong) streams all over, soils washed away or deposited... it all looked very different.

But still... a lot of things didn't change. I was lucky enough to see a few of the African dogs again... Canis Africanis. If I make it and can build a life in Africa, I would love to have those. I saw black ones, almost white ones, golden ones and beautifull reddish coloured ones.

The huts and houses were still there and the people were getting up, washing themselves outside. Brrrrrr. It is a cool and windy day here today!

We drove past children in uniform, walking to school. We saw a cemetery where all the graves have a little roof. We saw tiny buildings that had "bakery" or "workshop" written on them allthough the goats were using them to hide from the rain. (Yes, we had rain. And wind. Like a real Dutch Autumn day!) We saw goats, cattle, donkey's, sheep, Guineafowls and Impala alongside the road. Cattle and Donkey's even ON the road. We saw donkey carts and Donkey's pulling a plough. And we saw wonderful koppies (rocky hills).

The bush has changed a lot too. Trees and bushes bloom, grass and other plants grow in a fresh bright green, new leaves on trees and bushes... amazing.

Not far from Bobolong we went on a tarr road and from there it stayed tarr road until Selebi-Phikwe. Bobolong is a small town and Selebi-Phikwe is a bit bigger, but both look completely different from European towns and villages. It is hard to explain... the way of building, the roads, the colour of the soil, the shops, cars, streetsigns, the people... everything is different. I specially like the little street shops. A wooden frame and a table, that's it. You can buy wonderful fruits there. Or sweets. Or you can use the phone, get your shoes repaired or your hair cut. (ohhhhh I should've gotten a hair cut!)

Getting the permit was surprisingly easy. Friendly people (they called me by my name... good morning Afke, you finally made it here, we have been waiting for you), clean building (inside and out) no queue, and everything was ready and waiting for me. What a difference with Johannesburg! A woman that works at Selebi-Phikwe's Immigration Office came up to me, took my hand and said... "I am so happy to finally meet you. How are you? You look so happy" When I told her I got my permit, she smiled a beautiful smile and gave me a hug. And by doing so, she made my day!

I got some *** ( the Botswana money), did a little bit of shopping and then we drove back again.

I guess some 6 km away from the Mashatu office (which is not far from the pond) we saw Elephants! We couldn't stop to watch them, because one of the men traveling with us, is very, VERY scared of them. he almost jumped off the car when he saw them! Poor man... But I was excited! I thought I could tell you we might see them at the pond, only to find that they had already been here. Ah well...

And so... I'm back at the pond. It's cool and windy and very quiet. And by the looks of it ( a very dark sky there) it might be raining at Main Camp! But I am happy to be at the pond (and at main Camp too!) and to know I can stay here for a while longer!

I want to thank all of you once more for all the support (and fun!). Thank you!!!!!****

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