A springbok is s a medium-sized brown and white antelope. It is very fast and can reach speeds of up to 100km/h (62 mph) it can jump very high 4m (13 feet) through the air. Spring – translated is jump and bok translated is goat.
The springbok is South Africa’s national animal and also the name of the South African Rugby Team.
I love seeing them jump and leap through the air.
The Springbok and Impala look very similar and people sometimes get confused with them.
In 2014 my sister, Karin, brother, Hawie, sister in law, Lindsay and I went to Pilanesberg Game Reserve. It is close to Sun City in the North West Province.
Lindsay is American and we wanted to introduce her to South Africa.
We stayed in Safari Tents at the Manyane Camp.
The first evening we arrived there there was a storm. We had to braai indoors and eat our potato salad and meat in the tent.
The next morning Karin and I went for a drive and we saw wildebeest and a jackal.
After that visit from the elephant we were ready for breakfast at our tents. We were busy preparing when other visitors came along. Pumba’s family. In Afrikaans we call them Vlakvarke (Warthog in English)
We’ve seen so much already and it’s only breakfast on the first day!
To be continued….
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Kaapse Hoop (or Kaapsche Hoop) is a misty town in Mpumalanga, South Africa. It is close to Nelspruit. I’ve visited this town only once but surely hope to be back soon! When you drive to this town you drive past plantations and the closer you get the more misty it becomes. Gold was discovered in the area, which was originally known as Duiwels Kantoor (literally meaning Devil’s Office)The first government buildings were erected in 1885 and the name of the developing town was changed to Kaapsehoop in 1886. Many of the original buildings from the 1800s still stand today. Kaapse Hoop is also the home of wild horses.There are an estimated 150 – 180 wild horses. Nobody really knows where they come from and many fables exist. These horses are most likely remnants of the gold mining days, the Boer wars and the early cattle farmers. Early documentation of these horses are found in old mining journals of the late 1800’s. The breed of these horses are mostly Boerperd. The herds vary between 8 – 12 with the mature stallion and matriarch mare and they roam on a 17 000 ha property.
We were lucky enough to come across a herd of these lovely horses. I hope to be back there soon to visit these wonderful beings.