African experiences in the wild

Written by Dirk Wessels

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While living in Johannesburg I decided one Saturday morning that I needed to get away fromrepparttar 139596 city and headed off torepparttar 139597 Krugersdorp nature reserve. Arrived there and foundrepparttar 139598 campsite inrepparttar 139599 middle ofrepparttar 139600 reserve surrounded by a fence on every side. At reception I asked if I can set up my tent somewhere forrepparttar 139601 night and I guess I should have noticed thatrepparttar 139602 receptionist was surprised about me wanting to sleep in a tent, but she didn’t say much about it. Drove aroundrepparttar 139603 camp and, though there were quite a few caravans and people around, I was surprised to find what I thought wasrepparttar 139604 spot withrepparttar 139605 best view unoccupied. So, I set up my tent and went for a drive aroundrepparttar 139606 reserve. An ostrich attackedrepparttar 139607 side mirror of my car and I saw a couple of rhinos, but forrepparttar 139608 rest nothing too scary. When I got back torepparttar 139609 camp I found a whole crowd of people standing aroundrepparttar 139610 fence in front of my tent, so I asked one of them what was going on. As soon as he found out it was my tent, he piped out “Hey, here’srepparttar 139611 guy sleeping inrepparttar 139612 tent!!”. A couple of guys came up to shake my hand, showed merepparttar 139613 leopards not too far away that everyone was looking at and also mentioned that I must have a serious set of brass hanging to be sleeping in a tent right in front ofrepparttar 139614 only “spot” whererepparttar 139615 fence had been broken down. Well, pride got inrepparttar 139616 way and I decided not to pack up my tent and go home. But, I did decide that now was a good time for a couple of beers. That night I couldn’t sleep and I was convinced that every sound I heard was a leopard sniffing around my tent, but I’m brave and stupid and everything was fine until I heard a really loud shuffling inrepparttar 139617 trees close to my tent. I lay dead still for a moment and quietly grabbed my keys in one hand. Heardrepparttar 139618 shuffling a second time and my brass simply wasn’t big enough. I jumped up, completely destroyed my tent in trying openrepparttar 139619 zip and ran out shouting atrepparttar 139620 top of my voice intorepparttar 139621 bush. I’m sure I could scare away any leopard, rhino or ghost lurking around, but only long enough to open my car and jump in. As uncomfortable as it was for a somewhat large, 6”2 male to sleep inrepparttar 139622 front seat of my Opel Record, there was no way I was returning torepparttar 139623 tent. Anyway,repparttar 139624 next morning atrepparttar 139625 swimming pool I heard a guy asking his buddies whether they heard that scream duringrepparttar 139626 night, but err, I just packed up my tent and disappeared quietly.

Having written these two stories, they now don’t seem all that interesting in print as it’s hard for reality to compete with Hollywood. However, I am just an ordinary city-dweller that happens to loverepparttar 139627 outdoors without knowing too much about animals andrepparttar 139628 wild. A blou wildebeest may not seem scary until you’re standing a couple of meters from it with nobody else around and you realize exactly how big those things really are.

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Dirk Wessels is a keen traveller and outdoor enthusiast and is also the web designer for Oyster Bay Lodge. You may freely use this article on condition that you keep an active link to African holiday desitination

Arizona In All Its Colorful Glory

Written by Alicia Bankford

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swimmers and boaters will enjoy Canyon Lake with its cool clear water and steep canyon walls. Camping and picnicking is ideal here also.

Roosevelt Dam was originally built between 1905 and 1911 and restrictsrepparttar water ofrepparttar 139553 Salt River forming Roosevelt Lake. This dam was consideredrepparttar 139554 world's largest "cyclopean-masonry" dam, which means it was created in Greco-Roman style, using very large, irregularly shaped blocks. It is covered by concrete today.

There are other stops alongrepparttar 139555 trail, such as Tortilla Flat, another old-west style settlement and Apache Lake formed byrepparttar 139556 Horse Mesa Dam. And we must not forget Tonto National Monument. This 2 story ruin, known as Sinaqua Indian Cliff looks down on Lake Roosevelt and is a delight to view.

One ofrepparttar 139557 better known places to visit is Sedona. Beyondrepparttar 139558 beauty of this land, you are apt to feelrepparttar 139559 beauty ofrepparttar 139560 people. This city is known for its artistry as many artisans have moved their home here. Many ofrepparttar 139561 Native Americans believerepparttar 139562 Sedona area is a spiritual one as they believe there is a vortex of energy coming fromrepparttar 139563 earth's electromagnetic fields.

Whether you believe there is anything to this belief of a heart being affected by this magnetic field or not, this enchanted area is sure to feed your soul with its atmosphere. whateverrepparttar 139564 time ofrepparttar 139565 year, Arizona has something for everyone to enjoy.

Alicia Bankford is excited about Arizona and is the owner of Everything About Arizona

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