Straight out of Acornhoek, Mpumalanga, South Africa – an Ethiopian Restaurant in the #iconicbush

It’s so beatifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it. #JuliaChild. 

Who knew there would be an Ethiopian restaurant, smack in the middle of Acornhoek, Mpumalanga, South Africa?  The iconic bush never seizes to amaze! We had a lovely dinner at one of two Ethiopian Restaurants  in  Acornhoek, with our entrepreneurial counterparts from Conservation South Africa: Eastern Cape and Northern Cape, South Africa.

The colours, textures of small enterprises in the Iconic Bush. No. 3 in the Series on Small Business

Mabharule Youth in Action is a dance troupe of some 54 members and is run as a small enterprise that offers a cultural dance service to the lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The troupe also performs at weddings and cultural evets held in the villages.  The group consists of both young and adult members who get together after work and school to practice and perfect their dance moves.

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Through this business, the group members generate supplementary income and at the same time show case, preserve the dance and story telling culture of the Shangaan people. Another video can be viewed at this link Mabarhule Youth In Action

Climate change in the Iconic bush: Butternut and wild creatures

It is September, 2016 and normally rains would come in July so that farmers can plant butternut in the first week of September. So… the rains are late. Planting in a dry season  is tough! The farmers have to rely on water tanks and pumps to irrigate their fields from a nearby river stream.

During my last visit to the iconic bush, the images below were a true testament of how the earth and the trees were truly dry. On arrival, we were greeted by this Zebra, from a nearby, man made water hole for the animals.

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Zebra in the dry bushveld

We were stationed at  Timbavati Eco School where all manner of creatures show themselves: The giraffe prance around looking to pick the juicy leaves on tree tops. An occasional kudu visits when they can.

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Hungry giraffe chewing on the juicy leaves on the tree top

Baby and rhino mum protected by herd of buffalo.

We had an eventful afternoon at Manyeleti National Park today. We spotted, Impala, Inyala, Wildebeest, lion, and buffalo.


Meanwhile, ahead, a most rare experience was witnessed by us! A most spectacular sightinimageg was unfolding. To my right , I spotted a herd of buffalo and lo! and behold! the herd was closely protecting a Rhino mom and child! The buffalo herd was bout 40 Buffaloes. It was truly awesome.

Please spot the baby rhino and mum. Nature protecting its own!