Archive for July 15th, 2008

Lions and tigers &etc oh my!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 at about 1:31 pm

My somewhat adventurous weekend ended with a truly African interlude: a nature reserve by the Cradle of Humankkind. It was ridicuawesome. Basically for $10 you can just drive around all these different areas where there are various wild animals. Importantly, there are no fences, so it’s just you (in the car) and them (lazily sleeping 50 feet away because they’re used to visitors and its the height of the day but STILL). Lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, ostriches, wild boar, kudu, other bizarre antelope like things. There were some rhinos somewhere but I couldn’t find them. This has gotten me super excited for Kruger, which I’m supposed to go to in a week and a half with some people from work.

South Africa has the most diverse bird population in the world

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Sterkfontein

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 at about 11:00 am

Sunday I had the chance to explore briefly one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world, the so-called Cradle of Humankind. It’s been the source of numerous early hominid fossils, some of which are on display at the Sterkfontein Caves museum (the caves are the most significant site in the larger 47,000-hectare region). There’s something, as Elaine put it, almost spiritual about seeing where you came from. It’s a fascinating place. After the museum you can descend into the caves, which are interesting as sources of fossils but not terribly spectacular as caves because all the limestone (read: stalactites & other formations) has been mined out.

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the apartheid museum

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 at about 10:50 am

Saturday afternoon I went to the Apartheid museum. A good museum, well worth it for anyone who has a chance to go. I spent an hour and a half there and it wasn’t enough; I’m not sure I would have wanted to stay longer, but I still feel like there are holes in my understanding of just the exact history of everything (never mind the emotional comprehension of it all). Bizarrely, the museum is located inside of a theme park / casino complex, sort of off to the side. It was a gray day the day I was there, a very rare winter rain here. The two pictures are of the museum from afar in the parking lot and part of the elaborate entrance.

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