We did not have breakfast at Azalea Guesthouse so we stopped at Akkerboom Farm stall for something to eat. Unfortunately they did not serve breakfast or food. You can buy all sorts of nicknacks at the farm stall and also the best Ginger Beer and Carrot Cake…. I will post some more photo’s of Akkerboom Farm stall when we revisited it a few days later.
When we reached the little town of Aggeneys I could not believe how small it is. The mine on the one side and some houses and in the main road there was a garage, laundry and a general dealer. Luckily for me the general dealer had a small take away inside. I was very hungry and bought us each a “large” chips or must I say it was more like a small chips…
About 4 km after we saw our first nest we saw one that was still in progress. The weavers flew in and out of the nest. We spend nearly half an hour just watching and capturing this progress and teamwork.
On the long road to Upington I got very hungry and I told my parents that I was going to look for a take away at the nearest town. I then took the turn off to a little mining town Aggeneys. Not long after the turnoff we spotted the first Sosial weaver birds nest. I stopped and just had to capture it. I found it fascinating. Unfortunately this one was empty no weavers in sight.
We stopped along the road to capture some landscape scenes and on the one pole there were a black crow calling and his mate. My parents said it looked like he was talking to me. The closer I got to him the harder he called.
The road between Springbok and Pofadder was not very scenic, but still beautiful in it’s own odd way. Miles and miles of Red sand plains and also rock outcrops covered in flowers in the flowering season during August to September depending on the rainfall in the region.
We spend a long time in Goegap Nature Reserve that morning but when I looked at my cellphone and saw the time I told my parents we must be hitting the road again. It’s still a long way to Upington and I would like to get there before dark.
On the tourist route round Ribbokkop. While watching the Gemsbok something caught my eye. I first thought it was ground squirrels but it was Brants’ Whistling Rat. They are only 25cm long and live in sandy areas with shrubs. They eat leaves and other plant material. Some more photo’s of this little ones in my next post.
Some background information that I got from the brochure we got at the main gate. Continue…
In the reserve a wide and interesting variety of plant species can be seen. Perennial plants are mostly summer deciduous or evergreen dwarf shrubs of which many have succulent leaves. Five hundred and eighty one plant species have been recorded in the reserve.
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