Report fro southern Africa

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:37 am    Post subject: Report fro southern Africa Reply with quote

I have been procrastinating long enough. So here is a brief report from our five month trip to southern Africa.

We spent the first three months looking after a mates two cattle properties about 60k north of Serowe in the central east of the country. The country was in the grip of an extended drought and was generally overgrazed from one end of the country to he other.

We stayed at a small cottage on one of the properties, which was the weekend retreat of our friends who owned the Toyota Agency in town.




The stock, some 2000 head in total were in fair condition considering the local conditions - but there were far two many IMHO for the size of the properties.




There was some predation from the local wild life - we lost several cows to leopards and at least one calf was killed by a pack of wild dogs

We repaired some of the pipework feeding the water tanks and troughs from the bore pumps - what a mess. The locals can fix anything with lots of fence wire, old inner tubes, enthusiasm and ingenuity!
These are a couple of shot of before and after......


Overall the locals are a very happy mob despite low pay (by our standards) no running water or sanitation and you have to build your own accommodation.

Whilst we were there we took a week off and went up to Kasane on the Chobe River where conveniently or friends have a house. There is a lot of game here to be seen in the National Park - too many in some instances. The ellie population is already far to high - literally thousand, and to make matters worse The government has just banned hunting in all the public game and safari concessions. This has resulted in a massive loss of jobs, poaching will increase and the ever increasing population of ellies will wreck what is left of the natural environment. Not to smart!





Whilst there we took a side trip into see Victoria Falls - still as splendid as ever and lunch at the Victoria River Hotel should be on everyone's bucket list - a real blast from the past still in all its colonial splendour




The fishing on the river Chobe River here was pretty hopeless - it has been netted by the Namibians and 'Zimmies' almost into extinction, There are nets all over the river every hundred yards or so.

On the next post - I will report on the fishing of the famous 'Barbel Run' up at Shakawe in the far north west. In a word awesome! The last post will be a brief report on the south Africa leg of our journey

A few more images:-

If the is a sick or injured beast it is quickly despatched. They can slaughter and total dismember a beast in less than two hours - some goes into the cokking pots and some in town for the staff of the Toyota Agency and the dogs.

We had a very nice Zimbabwean couple there called Tendai and Lydia. They had a contract to clear a 15m wide fence line from thick bush and install a six strand plain wire fence. Everything was done by hand they were being paid the equivalent of $100 per kilometre and would be there for three months doing the 6 kms. I have never met people with such a fantastic work ethic. They clearly thought they were on a good wicket!

John and Jean





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