Mouse is of course Anastasia Wahl (Anne), the mother of my friend Angela in the UAE. I arrived in Vanderblik Park on the 31st July, just after dropping Robin & Anne off at the airport. The next morning we went to Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, near Heidelberg.
Suikerbostrand, looking out of the reserve.
Notice the pollution from a nearby coal fuelled power station!
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is a nice example of the rocky/highveld grassland biome, which is scarce in this region due to human development of all kinds & the ever growing cities of Johannesburg & Pretoria. It is 11,595 hectares in extent & varies in altitude between 1,545 m & 1,917 m.
It was a cold, crisp winter morning & we arrived early. We arrived at the Kareekloof Entrance Gate & embarked on the tourist drive of 67 kilometers. Mouse proved to be a big nature lover & her knowledge of birds & mammals was quite impressive. She was excellent company & we had a wonderful day together.
Anne on the Cheetah Trail.
We enjoyed various stops along the way & walked the 4.5 Kilometer Cheetah Trail, which gave us nice views of the farm & valley below.