‘Environmental Education’ Category
Donga is Afrikaans for a gully created by erosion, which is a growing environmental problem in South Africa and around the world.
Why is the water red? The water looks like blood or tea, depends on the angle of the light, because of the tannins leached from the fynbos.
8% of South Africa’s land accounts for 50% of its surface water — its freshwater catchments like those the Cape Fold that provide life to everything around them.
I look through the rocks and bush to find a way through, look up to check my position against the mountain ahead, and look behind to the clouds filling the sky… looking back is what scares me, even with the sun bright in the sky.
Skeletons of hakea bend over young saplings, illustrating the massive problem of invasive species in the Cape Floral Kingdom.
Tour an entire floral kingdom on foot to explore the world’s hottest hot-spot for biodiversity and endemism.
The story of the Cape Fold Mountains, told by a non-geologist, to help you know what you’re standing on.
As dusk faded and the night turned pitch-black and cold, I laid out my sleeping bag to prepare for another easy night under the stars. But when I rolled over, I spotted what looked like a group of conspirators in the dark.
Don’t let the pink flowers fool you —this Roridula dentata is deadly. But its thirst for blood is only half the reason why it’s special.
The Rim of Africa can be a 400-mile walking safari if you want it to be. The mountains and lowlands you wander through are teaming with wildlife
No, I never woke up to the soft sounds of a large cat outside my tent. If I could have wished it possible, I might have — once I figured out what I would do when face-to-face with a 75-lb (34kg) wild cat.
I talk about flora a lot, referring to all the plant life I experienced while walking on the Rim of Africa, and for good reason— it is hands-down my favorite part of walking in the mountains of the Western Cape.
I realized something while walking on the Rim of Africa: if you spot a unique flower out of the corner of your eye but don’t stop right then to photograph it, it’s likely you will never see it again.
Day 23 : There is nothing worse than having an otherwise beautiful day of walking in the mountains ruined by alien invasions.