One of my favorite weekend activities is exploring the desert surrounding Arandis. For most recent weeks, this has been on foot–but now that I have a working bike, I’m able to cover much more ground and go further into the bush. Yesterday, while clocking about 30km off-road, I found ancient riverbeds, an endemic Quiver Tree and several herd of wandering Springbok.
The Springbok always saw or heard or smelled me before I saw them. They were pretty easily spooked and wouldn’t let me anywhere close. This video clip shows several of the 6 herd I came across. Note that the sound you hear is not their thundering stampede but rather the wind blowing across my microphone, and the distant patch of green at 0:54 are trees in Arandis, about 5km away.
Other wild animals in the area that I keep watching for: zebra, kudu, hyena, warthog and ostrich. Interesting checklist, huh?