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Spioenkop Dam and Spioenkop Nature Reserve

An Adventure to the Scenic Spioenkop Dam and Spioenkop Nature Reserve.

Day visitors are welcomed as well as campers, fisherman and boating enthusiasts.




There is a Park Entry Fee to the access facilities. If you prefer luxury accommodation the Spioenkop Lodge is available for Bookings.




Spioenkop Dam Seen from Spioenkop Monument. Tours can be arranged with Spioenkop Lodge ...

This vantage point allowed soldiers who controlled the Hill a 360 View of the surrounding area. The Hill was integral during the Siege of Ladysmith.

Zebra at Spioenkop Nature Reserve - The Location is Awesome and you can embark on mini wildlife safari with your own vehicle...

Fishing is also permitted within the reserve and the Spioenkop Dam forms part of the Tugela outfall...





Animals and Wildlife include Giraffe, Zebra, Eland and numerous other Antelope species. Fish include Carp, Barbel, various river fish and occasionally bass in certain areas.






Spioenkop Lodge and Tours - Raymond Heron - Heron Tours ... Spioenkop Lodge Contact

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Cape Town and Table Mountain By Helicopter...





Lions Rock Wildcat Sanctuary...



Giants Castle Nature Reserve - Central Drakensberg South


A Scenic Drive Towards The Giants Castle Nature Reserve...

Turning off from the Estcourt N3, winding through Wembezi ...




Giant's Castle is a mountain peak in the southern African Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. Giants Castle offers visitors to the regions hiking opportunities with panoramic views. The Nature Reserve offers secluded accommodation, bushman rock art with easy access for everyone and about the best base to start a Drakensberg hiking experience. The area is one of many of South Africa's adventure areas, and plays host to the Giants Challenge MTB marathon in April each year.

Lying at the southern end of the central Drakensberg Giant’s Castle, which gets its name from the outline of the peaks and escarpment that combine to resemble the profile of a sleeping giant, is essentially a grassy plateau that nestles among the deep valleys of this part of the Drakensberg.(Wikipedia)




Giants Castle Game Reserve is considered the home of the eland as well as the bearded vulture. Another Giants Castle highlight is the superb bushman rock art at main caves which is easy to get to and well presented.(Wikipedia). Formerly the renowned Lammergeier Hide was open for visitors to watch bearded vultures and other endangered bird species. This facility has since fallen into disrepair. (Wikipedia)





The Giants Castle Campsite and Chalets offer the best Base for all Eager Hikers and Climbers wishing to venture deeper into the Drakensberg Mountains. The Bushmans River can be fished for many Kilometers however only Fly Fishing is Allowed... Giants Castle Fly Fishing



The iZimbali Restaurant provides delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners with comfort, cleanliness, warmth....






Drakensberg Hiking Trails from Giants Castle ...

There are in excess of 25 walks in the Giant’s Castle Game Reserve. The 285 kilometres (177 mi) network of trails here includes 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to 30 kilometres (19 mi) hikes, spanning from 1 hour to overnight.

There are currently 14 recognized escarpment passes in the region (listed north to south):

Corner Pass
Around the Corner Pass (variation route on Corner Pass with alternative summit) 
Judge Pass 
Gypaetus Pass (opened in September 2012) 
Bannerman Pass 
Thumb Pass 
North Hlubi Pass 
South Hlubi Pass 
Langalibalele Pass 
Bond Pass (opened in 2014) 
North Jarding/Jarateng Pass 
Central Jarding/Jarateng Pass 
South Jarding/Jarateng Pass 
Giant's Castle Pass...

The Bushman’s River Trail is one of the most popular walks in the reserve. Points of interest along this route include Sandstone View and the historic Rock 75, where a cook from the 75th Regiment on Foot carved the figure 75 into a boulder during the Langalibalele rebellion in 1874. The highlight of this trail is the Main Caves, with one of the best known rock-art sites in South Africa... (wikipedia).




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A Gorgeous Drive through the Central Drakensberg - South Africa - Towards the Cayley Lodge Resort and Monks Cowl - Fishing can be done at Bell Park Dam as well as Drakensberg Sun - The Yummy Valley Bakery as well as the world famous Waffle Hut are must stops. 







Central Drakensberg Adventure Through Winterton



A Gorgeous Drive through the Central Drakensberg - South Africa - Towards the Cayley Lodge Resort and Monks Cowl - Fishing can be done at Bell Park Dam as well as Drakensberg Sun - The Yummy Valley Bakery as well as the world famous Waffle Hut are must stops.



The Best Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menu can be found at Drakensberg Sun. Other resorts include Champagne Sports Resort, Dragons Peak and Monks Cowl Campsites, Champagnes Castle Hotel, Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort for Golf and Relaxation Sunsets - Cathedral Peak Hotel and the Didima Campsite.



The World Famous Drakensberg Boys Choir lies En-route. Cathkin Estates allows investors to purchase a small piece of this paradise for the price of a body part. So if you can afford the home you will die a happy soul.






The Monks Cowl Campsite allows hikers and climbers to venture deeper and higher into the Drakensberg Mountains. It is also the last of the Tar Road as 4x4s would now be required to progress further.






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When You Feed a Cow... Watch the Cow... Ian Mitchell-Innes

By Ian Mitchell-Innes

You feed the bacteria in the Rumen. The health of the Bacteria, will dictate: Performance, Immunity, General health...

Carbon - pH - Protein - Energy - Water - Minerals...










The cow knows where the best Energy is. Sometimes it is in the most unexpected plants. A cow will try and balance her diet, if given the selection.





Grow unwanted plants. Plan for what you want. Use what you have. Planned Grazing, manipulating Time and Stock Density, will grow what you want. Same Paddock, two years later.




Energy is the elusive part of the equation to achieve animal performance... A ruminant knows were the best Energy is.... Use this ability to plan your grazing. Monitor the animal...




All Life needs Energy... Only animals can get the Energy through the soil surface. Action of grazing... Kinetic Energy, action of hooves on the soil surface... Symbiotic Energy, the Energy field around each animal...






There is enough seed already produced. Just create the Environment for the seed that is there, to germinate.



Manage animals with Time. Use the animals ability to select the best Energy. Always manage for animal performance. With out animal performance, you could go broke. As numbers increase, the Stock Density will Increase.

Contact or Book - Ian Mitchell-Innes



One Day Soil... The bigger the herd, the better the animals do and the quicker the soil is restored. The more Carbon (plant material) is trodden onto and into the soil, the better the soil does.

We need to manage the livestock to make sure the soil is covered with growing plants or litter, to keep the soil at a more constant temperature and feed life in the soil.

More Videos by Ian Mitchell-Innes



Lions Rock Bigcat Sanctuary - Bethlehem - South Africa

On Safari at Lions Rock Bigcat Sanctuary located in Bethlehem, Free State Province, South Africa...

The location is Really Stunning... As part of FOUR PAWS’ work for wild animals in captivity, we focus on the situation of big cats in zoos, in private captivity and in the entertainment industry. The area was was taken over by FOUR PAWS in 2006. During the early days at the newly acquired big cat sanctuary, huge demands were placed on the local team. Massive structural changes had to be made to the area to bring up to FOUR PAWS´ rigorous quality standards










LIONSROCK is also home to a variety of game - Wildebeests Blesbuck, Burchell’s Zebra, Duiker, Eland, Impala, Letchwe, Mountain Reedbuck, Red Hartebeest, Reedbuck, Springbuck, Steenbuck and Waterbuck. There is also a wide variety of bird species that have found refuge on the farm.



Other Big Cats include Tigers... All cats have been rescued ... Four Paws...






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Spectacular Drone Video Footage - Maasai Mara Wildebeest Migration

Last year, I embarked on an unforgettable 19 000km adventure that will stay with me for a very long time. I crossed the African continent alone on a motorcycle. The journey took about 6 months, as I took my time to learn more about the 15 African countries I was travelling through .


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I tried to help where I could, particularly with charities for children and wildlife conservation. I also captured many images, many of which are on the Facebook page of Two Wheels Across and documented the entire journey in videos for my Youtube channel.






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One of the exciting parts of my adventure was Casper the friendly drone, a Quadcopter that I used as often as I could to capture the beauty of Africa from the air.


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I am excited to share one of the videos I filmed with you. I was fortunate to be in Kenya’s Maasai Mara during the migration and I captured the river crossing from the air. I also danced with an elephant, ran with wildebeests and kept three lions company for a few minutes. I hope you will enjoy the film!




 Guest Blogger in Animal Encounters                             Africa Geographic

Australia's Most Dangerous Animals

I've wanted to visit and live Australia for as long as I can remember. The weather is always beautiful, and the word "snow" pretty much doesn't exist. I've known plenty of people who have moved there from Canada. Once they go, they never want to come back. And if they come back? They want to be in Australia again.

Then there are the crazy things in Australia. I would tell you but it's easier to just show you. Here are 30 photos proving Australia is the most insane place.

1. In Australia, pythons eat flying foxes.

Pythons eating everything. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via imgur 


2. Pythons in Australia are so big, they can pick up wallabies, which can grow up to 41 inches high and weigh up to 53 pounds (24 kilos)!

Pythons so big they can lift wallabies. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via reddit /u/PostModernPost


3. Snakes are on the loose in shops. 

Pythons on the loose in op shops. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via Huffington Post


4. Snakes are in toilets.

Snakes on the loose inside toilets. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via imgur


5. A snake eating iguana, which grow up to six feet. 

Snakes eating goannas. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via reddit /u/1eyed

6. Snakes are seriously everywhere, like golf courses.

Snakes on golf courses. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via reddit /u/Montey187
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7. Two words: Flying. Foxes.

20 Unbelievably Giant Animals 6 - https://www.facebook.com/different.solutions.page - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via Diply

8. Sharks swim at golf courses.

Sharks eating golfers. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via Sky News

9. In Australia, Great White Sharks love to surf.

Great White Sharks surfing. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via Fear Beneath

10. Same with crocodiles.

Crocodiles surfing. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via ABC

11. Crocodiles, they're like snakes in Australia: everywhere!

Crocodiles in swimming enclosures. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via imgur

12. I mean, they're in creeks...

Crocodiles in creeks. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via Facebook / Meanwhile In Australia

13. On the streets...

Crocodiles in the street. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via Facebook / Meanwhile In Australia

14. Inside a snake's stomach...

Crocodiles EATEN by snakes. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via ABC Queensland

15. Sometimes they're just simply enormous. 

Just goddamn MASSIVE crocs. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via Rex USA

16. What a paralysis tick looks like before and after eating.

Paralysis ticks. Before and after feeding. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via Murdoch University
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17. Spiders grow like flowers.

Spiders. Lots of spiders. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via Reuters / Daniel Munoz

18. Army men found a bucket of Sydney funnel-web spider, which are some of the most venomous spiders in the world.

Bucket full of funnel web spiders collected from a Blue Mountains campsite: each one can deliver a fatal bite. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via reddit /u/spotty82

19. Flies...there are A LOT of them.

Flies. Lots of flies. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via imgur

20. Same with millipedes.

Plagues of millipedes. - https://www.facebook.com/diplyofficial
via imgur
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The Wildebeest Migration - Timelapse







The time-lapse conveys the magnitude of the migration. This footage was shot over five days in northern Serengeti, Tanzania. It shows the migrating wildebeest crossing the Mara River while moving south into Tanzania from Kenya.The Serengeti Ecosystem supports 1.5 million wildebeest. These wildebeest are forced to migrate around a 40 000 square kilometre area in order to find fresh grazing pastures. The migration is full of danger and hardship for these resilient creatures. Thirst, hunger, exhaustion, predation and the Mara River are just some of the challenges they must face. You can read more about Will’s wildebeest migration project in his free ebook: My Top Ten Wildlife Experiences. -


Posted by News Desk in Animal Encounters, News, Photography, Videos and the News Desk post series.  October 27, 2014




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