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Mount Currie Nature Reserve-where even the Zebras are friendly

Updated on March 9, 2013
Redknobbed Coot nest
Redknobbed Coot nest
Crystal Spring Dam
Crystal Spring Dam
Misty evening
Misty evening
Zebra Talk
Zebra Talk | Source
"What do you think about these latest tents?"
"What do you think about these latest tents?" | Source
Some oversea visitors camping light
Some oversea visitors camping light
Dew on Spider Web
Dew on Spider Web
On Golden Pond as the sun sets
On Golden Pond as the sun sets | Source

A good place to be

A trip to Kwa-Zulu Natal for Audrey’s Moms 90th Birthday gave us an opportunity to camp at one of our favourite camp grounds. Situated in the Mount Currie Nature Reserve,.nestled at the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg Mountain Range and overlooking the Crystal Dam, fed by the Crystal Springs; it is a beautiful place.

A group of seven Zebra visit the campground to inspect new arrivals. They seem to have a strong opinion on the variety of tents that campers are putting up. The dam is busy with a number of water birds either swimming (Darters) or flying over (Pied Kingfisher) in search of food. The occasional Bass breaks the surface of the water and colorful Grey Crowned Crane feed in the nearby reed beds. The very rare Striped Flufftail is more often heard than seen in those same reeds. With some luck you may also see a Lammergeier (Booted Eagle) patrolling the skies, while the resident African Fish Eagle controls the dam.

As the sun begins to set in the West, the surface of the Dam is lit up with a golden glow and nearby a Redknobbed Coot dives under the surface looking for a late evening snack. On the water a pair of the same birds have completed their nest building for the day.

A flock of Reed Cormorants arrive to roost in the Weeping Willow Trees while the noisy Hadeda Ibis also announce their arrival with their raucous calls after a hard day spent digging for worms with their long beaks.

As the air temperature cools, a mist settles over the dam adding to the beauty of the evening. Nearby a couple from Holland have a fire going in their cooking area and the Zebras come to say goodnight.A walk around the campground after supper presents us with a bright starlit sky. It is a good place to be as we prepare to climb into out tent and slip into our sleeping bags.

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    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      It has become a happy place for us. Thanks for the comment.

    • Gill Harris profile image

      Gill Harris 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      We loved our overnight stop after your recommendation. Leah walked across the little foot path, threw her arms into the air and exclained, " this ..is my happy place". A very special spot.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It will happen sooner or later, Johan. I do have a passport.

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thank you for viewing and commenting. Wish you could come and visit!

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Now this is just another little slice of heaven. It is so wonderful to take advantage of everything that the outdoors has to offer.

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      B in blogs 

      5 years ago from Alabama, USA

      What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! Cool photos wish I could meet some zebras! Voted up and interesting!

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      5 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Thanks for the comment.

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 

      5 years ago

      Hi Johan,

      thanks for speaking about Mount Currie Nature Reserve

      and the weather and different animals that are there

      Voted up

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