Greetings after a day in the city!

When I returned this afternoon from Richards Bay, a city about 1.5 hours away from Thanda, a troop of Vervet Monkeys greeted me at Thanda House. One of them kept alarm-calling. He obviously did not trust me ๐Ÿ™‚

A short while later a herd of Buffalo moved from East to West along the fence. When I got a bit closer to get some pictures they all focused on me for while and then lost interest and kept grasing and moving.

Tommorrow I will get my game viewing vehicle and I will start driving on the reserve learning the roads (and probably getting lost a few times in the process :-).

Good night!

Bush Office :-)

I took this picture of a Brown-hooded Kingfisher while I was sitting at the desk in my new “South African Bush Office”.

The room is quite spacious for all the computer and photography gear I brought with me and all my the stuff that will arrive by sea freight sometime in July.

Below are also pictures of the outside of Thanda House and of my office.

Evening Bird Songs at Thanda Lodge

In my blog message on Friday I mentioned various birds around my Thanda Lodge room.

Here are four pictures I took that evening sitting by the small pool on my porch.

They are Pied Crows (top left), a White-brown Scrub Robin (top right), a Green-winged Pytilia (bottom left) and a Yellow-bellied Greenbul (bottom right). I hope I identified them correctly (I am still a bit shaky when it comes to birds ๐Ÿ™‚

Good night from South Africa!

A Room with a View …

Yesterday and today I moved all my stuff into Thanda House. The office is still a “work in process”, but here are a view pictures of my room at the house.

It is certainly a room with a view. The picture with the Giraffe and my car was taken from my front door ๐Ÿ™‚

More to come …

PS: The Journey of Giraffe was made up of 18 animals – adults and youngsters!

At Thanda at last …

Today is a very happy day for me ๐Ÿ™‚

After many years of planning to work in South Africa I have arrived at Thanda Private Game Reserve and I am enjoying a beautiful winters evening at the Thanda Lodge. I got a very warm welcome from staff members – many still knew me from my previous visits.

Tomorrow I will move into my room and my office at Thanda House.

This is a picture of the view from the porch of guest room No.9 at the Thanda Lodge (where I am typing this blog message right now).

The only sounds I can hear are the birds around the place – heavenly ๐Ÿ™‚

African Wheels :-)

I got my new car today ๐Ÿ™‚ Tomorrow I will be on the way to Thanda Private Game Reserve, my new home and workplace in Kwazulu Natal.

These are two pictures of me and my new vehicle in front of my friends’ house in Pretoria.

Thanks again to all my friends in the USA and Europe who contributed to my African car fund.

And here is a little preview of what is come: Below is a picture of a herd of buffalo which I took at one of my previous visits at Thanda.

More to follow soon …

… and for the car enthusiasts: The car is a Toyota Fortuner 3.0 Diesel – 4×4 with manual transmission (http://www.toyota.co.za/VehicleRange.aspx?vehicleRangeId=13).

I have arrived …

After a my short visit to Germany and Switzerland I have arrived in South Africa.

The picture above is a first glance at my new home country shortly before the plane landed in Johannesburg. The weather was beautiful at my arrival – a good start!

For a few days I am staying with very good friends in Pretoria, sorting out the necessities of modern live (phone, car, … ๐Ÿ™‚ before I will make my way to my new workplace – Thanda Private Game Reserve – in Kwazulu Natal.

The picture below documents my last look at a beautiful sunset in Zรผrich, Switzerland, before I boarded the plane to South Africa on Saturday evening.

More from South Africa soon ….

Stop-over in Europe

My five day stop-over in Europe is almost to an end. I will depart tomorrow evening from Switzerland to South Africa.

I had a few very nice days with my family in Germany and today I did my farewell visit to the Zurich Zoo in Switzerland. Two real Zurich Zoo enthusiasts (Christa and Freddy B.) walked with me through the Masoala Hall (my favorite indoor rainforest exhibit), showed me the construction site of the new Elephant park and the newly opened Pantanal exhibit.

I especially like the main Pantanal exhibit with six South American animal species living together (Brazilian Tapirs, Giant Anteaters, Capybaras, Southern Screamers, Hyacinth Macaws and Green-winged Macaws).

The picture above is of a very special Orchid. It is the flower of a vanilla plant, which was blooming in the Masoala Hall. The picture below if of a Pallas’s Cat, which was not happy about me taking pictures!

Besides the Burger’s Zoo in The Netherlands and the Zoo Hannover in Germany, the Zurich Zoo is one of my favorite zoos in Europe. If you should visit Switzerland, reserve a day for this excellent zoo.

The next time you will hear from me, it will be from South Africa ๐Ÿ™‚

Uf Wiederluege – Yebo, Sawubona!

Going, going, gone …. Goodbye Nashville!

I had a great time in Nashville. I will miss the town, and I will miss the many animals at the zoo (as the Lynx cub, the small Tamandua and the little Clouded Leopard in the picture); but most of all the good friends I made over the last few years.

Thanks again for everything. I will miss all of you in South Africa and hope that many of you will be able to visit me there.

Christian

PS: I will continue to blog regularly from my new home. So look out for those wild blogs from the African bush ๐Ÿ™‚