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The Flycatcher Trail

Inside the fenced camp of Punda Maria they have a short hiking trail called the Flycatcher Trail.  A flycatcher is a type of bird they have in South Africa.  After our breakfast we decided to hike the trail.  It was not very long and we got to get up close to the electric fence to see what it was like.  We did not see many animals or birds but many of the plants, especially the trees were labeled so it was nice to learn about them.  There were a fair number of cacti too which surprised me as I think of the desert when I think of cacti and I surely did not feel like I was in a desert. I am showing you these pictures so you get a sense of what Africa looked like outside of photos of large animals.

Don’t forget to look up the bold words in my postings and add them to your Word Work.


The journey to Kruger begins

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     I told you a little bit about Kruger National Park, now let me tell you about the trip to get there.  It took all day to drive that far north.  Ever since South Africa hosted The World Cup (an international soccer tournament) last year they put a lot of money into improving their roads, their railway, and other parts of their infrastructure, that makes getting there much easier.
     After picking up a rental car, with a GPS, we headed north on the N1 highway.  N stands for National and these roads are comparable to our Interstate highway system.  It is a toll road and was built by a company in another country.  That company gets to keep the toll money in exchange for South Africa getting a road.  We had to pay a toll about 6 times during our trip.  The most expensive toll was 40 Rand or about $5.00 and the least expensive was 8 Rand or about $1.00.
     Driving north we passed many things that were similar to a drive in the USA and many things that were different.  As you look at the pictures see if you can make any connections or comparisons about things that were similar and things that were different?

Mosquitos and Malaria

Note:  Some words in this post are bolded which means they are darker than other words.  Do you know what these words mean?  Can you use clues from the other words in the sentence or in sentences around those words to help you figure out the meaning?  How else could you find out the meaning of these words?

Since South Africa is very hot, they have mosquitos there.  In some places in the world mosquitos carry diseases which can make people sick.

The first week we will be in South Africa we are in an urban and suburban type of area; it is called Centurion and is between two cities called Pretoria and Johannesburg.  Urban means in a city. What do you think it means when we add the prefix “sub” to the word urban?  What is another name of the countryside where people farm?  What do we call places where wild animals outnumber the people?

In the city we are outside of or not in a zone where malaria is common.  However, the second week we are in South Africa we will be driving east toward Kruger National Park.  Kruger is in a malaria zone because there are lots of mosquitos there.  Mosquitos mostly come out at dawn and dusk so at those two times of day it is important to protect yourself from being bitten.  We have been advised to wear long pants and long sleeve shirts and only change to shorts and teeshirts in the middle of the day.

We also sprayed our clothing with a special mosquito repellent.  This repellent is stronger than bug spray that you might put on your skin.  We had to buy two bottles of it at a store that specializes in selling clothes and gear to people who camp and spend a lot of time outdoors.  It is called Permethrin.

Two days before we drive to Kruger we start some medicine to help provent us from getting malaria if we get bit by a mosquito that is a carrier.  We are also going to take some Vitamin B1 with us, it is called Thiamine.  Some recent research shows it may help too.  We have taken these precautions and I share them with you so you know we will be as safe as we can be in the malaria zone of South Africa.

I also had to get some shots to go to Africa.  I don’t like shots much, do you?