Category: On the Farm

One Special Trailcam visitor.

I left my trail-cam at a spot close to our home in the bush. Probably less than 500 meters from my house. I wanted to see what animals are this close, but I also just left it out, because I was a little indecisive about where to put it. So I didn’t expect much.Β  There…

An update on settling into our new home in Mozambique

I can’t believe we have been in Mozambique for over a month already. Our new house is starting to feel like my home, our vegetables are growing slowly but surely and I can at least greet people in Portuguese. This past month has been lovely and busy.Β  I am constantly planting more vegetables and hope…

Goodbye Free State… Yes, we are moving

Just a short update. After spending 6 1/2 years in the Free State, South Africa we have decided to move to a completely new area. A new adventure is calling. For the next few weeks, I will be a bit more quiet than usuall as we pack and move. When the unpacking is done my…

Ubuntu Adventures

I have an unstoppable desire to be part of an adventure. When I am done with one, or even while I am busy, I already start thinking of where I can go or what to do next. While I was pregnant, I would still try to do daily hikes on the farm. Also, because I…

Trail-cam Shenanigans

Last year I wrote about the Bat-eared Foxes of Bakoorvlakte. I have recently tried to find them again, especially now that it is winter again, and theoretically they should be more active in the day. I haven’t really had any luck myself to find them in day time, but my trail-cam did. My husband gave…

Raising a Spotted Hyena Part 5

This is the fifth and final part on the story of Crocuta. Crocuta was now 3 years of age and have been in a clan of her own for almost a year. I still visited her whenever I had time, I would call her to the fence and she would come running to the fence…

Summer Birding at Bakoorvlakte

I am a lover of summer. If I was a bird, I would definitely be some kind of migrant. Not only do I love the heat, the sun and the abundance of growth, but I also love travelling. I’d love to be flying where the sun is shining. I am still a little bit in…

Raising a spotted Hyena – Part 4

Introducing Crocuta to a male It was time for Crocuta to no longer be in human company, but be with her own kind. Of all the phases this was the most difficult one for me. How will I know if it will work or not? Wild animals, and actually most animals, cannot really be controlled.…

Raising a Spotted Hyena – Part 3

This is the story of Crocuta continued. At around 8/9 months old, Crocuta was still living in and around camp with us. At this point I did not allow her in our house anymore, but on the odd occasion she did come in, she was like a happy child. Jumping on couches and bookshelves and…