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Anja’s Travel Diary

Monday, 10 Oct 2005

Location: Alicadale/Shamwari, South Africa

MapHi! Well, the beginning of the second week. Cannot believe how fast the time is going by! I need at least another year here...
We spent this morning monitoring the Wild Dogs. We've been so lucky with our sightings - they tend to hang around by the gates as they use the electric fence to help capture their prey! Very sly. We got good sightings of 5 adults all of which have already been profiled. We also recognised 2 of the sub-adults & got very excited as we thought we recognised one that has been recorded as deceased. This would have been great news for the reserve but unfortunately we were mistaken. There were 3 pups sighjted also which need profiling so we were trying to get photos but unfortunately there weren't playing ball! Although who can blame them when the temperature is soaring to 35 degrees. Given the choice I wouldn't move around too much either...
The plan for the afternoon was to go & cut down some eucalyptus trees. They aren't indigenous to this area & there were too many. We also needed the logs to use on the soil erosion project that Steve is in charge of. Considering the size log I cut through from the worst possible angle I can only hope he's pleased with our efforts! Especially as we had to load them onto the back of our bakkie & therefore sit on them for the ride home. I also now have some new war wounds to add to my ever-growing collection...
We also caught up with the elephant at Eland Dam which was fun. They'd taken a dip & were busy having mud & dust baths. There are some very small ones in the group born earlier this year who are very comical. They cannot use their trunks for the first 2-3 years but try to mimic the herd. The trunks also get in the way & they fall flat on their faces. Bless! It's a beautiful sight. Further up the road we came across Patch - a big old bull. He's the biggest elephant on Shamwari currently. Unfortunately he takes great pleasure in eating the grass at the lodges so can be a bit of a nuisance. And you certainly wouldn't want to be on the receiving end if he turned into a cross-patch!
Went to Louis Bar tonight although it was very quiet. Always nice to relax after a hard days graft with a V&T!