For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Eastern Transvaal (Mpumalanga) - Part 2

The Eastern Transvaal (now Mpumalanga) escarpment is a place of pine forests, beautiful vistas and many waterfalls.

In any trip done to South Africa, this area is a must. The first three pictures are of the Bridal Veil Falls and the beautiful rock formations surrounding it.

It is set deep in a forest but with easy access from the parking lot and on a hot day, they spray of water is always welcome.

One of the waterfalls not to be missed is the Macmac. As you can see but the way it has carved a niche in the top of the rocky mountain, it has been here for millions of years. All these pictures of this trip were taken In August which is still winter for us so there is not much water flowing over the falls. During the rainy season, the noise is deafening.

Another must-see in the area is called God’s Window. It is on the edge of a plateau and one can see for miles around.

Be sure to have your hiking boots on as there is a steep climb to the top from the parking area but well worth it when you reach the top.

For those who do not like heights, barriers are set around the main viewing platforms.

In some ways but naturally on a smaller scale, this area is much like the Grand Canyon.
 The Blyde River twists and turns through the mountains and has carved out a deep canyon.

The Three Rondavels is across the way from the spectacular view of the Canyon.

Part of the river is dammed up and there is a wonderful holiday resort on its banks offering many kinds of water sport.

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