Making a Tippy Tap

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About the author

I am an enterprise development facilitator and my work has taken me all over South Africa, to the metro poles, big towns, small towns and rural parts of the country. http://www.lifeintheiconicbush.com started when I became the project manager for an initiative aimed at developing rural small medium and micro enterprises from communities located along the border of the  Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga. The greater Bushbuckridge area is commonly referred to as “the bush” or “e bush” by the local people.  I refer to it as “the iconic bush” as it is a truly unique and special place in South Africa, home to the world famous Kruger National Park and the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo). The area attracts a great number of first time and return visitors from all over the world, making travel, accommodation, wild life, people and small businesses, integral parts of the local eco-tourism and wild life economies.

http://www.lifeintheiconicbush.com documents my observations and experiences as I consistently interacted with people who live and work in the communities around the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, in particular small business owners working to make a living and managers and staff that operate and work in the many, world famous private game reserve and national park establishments dotted around the area.

About me

I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it’s proactive and there is positive intent behind it. Michael J. Fox

Call to action! When you are next in any of the three, iconic landscapes, please support local businesses by purchasing your goods and services from them. A directory of local businesses and nearest gate into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve http://www.sabisand.co.za can be found at http://www.pedproject.co.za

My work as a local economic development practitioner is very interesting and allows me to connect local businesses to opportunities offered by local markets. I am passionate about the well being of my family, I love the iconic landscapes in three of South Africa’s hot biodiversity spots, good food, beautiful things, positiveness and possibilities offered by longevity.

A day in the life of a personal blogger based remotely

A day in the life of a personal blogger who is based remotely, involves constant communication with the field team using various tools such as OneNote, mobile messaging services, telecon, Skype and email to ensure that I am kept appraised of goings on in the communities and small enterprises we work with. Rural communities and in particular, small enterprises in the rural areas face many challenges, namely access to viable markets, finance, transportation, raw materials supply, managerial and technical skills, ICT, product and service quality and awareness of government compliance and company registration requirements.

Together with the field team we facilitate, identify and link these enterprises to real opportunities.

My blog is about the my experiences and observations in rural, iconic landscapes of Namaqualand, Mzimvubu and Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, located in three of of South Africa’s biodiversity hotspots. I blog whenever I have traveled to these during which time I capture the sights, sounds, tastes, feelings and touches of iconic Landscapes.

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 Panorama Route, Mpumalanga, R532: A trip along the third largest canyon in the world

The Three Rondavels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Gods Window are three attractions on the Panorama Route, R532 (see www.mtpa.co.za ) and they are located in and around the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world.

The Three Rondavels: A Rondavel (derived from the Afrikaans word Rondavels) is a traditional circular African dwelling with a conical thatched roof. The picture shows an iconic landmark of three round mountaintops with slightly pointed tops, similar to the traditional dwellings called Rondavels, in the iconic bush on the Panorama Route. The Three Rondavels are three huge pinnacles of rock rising above the canyon and can be seen on the right hand side in the pictures below.

The Three Rondavels

The Three Rondavels. 

The surrounding areas are just as breathtaking!

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From here is a view over the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon and only green canyon in the world & second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes are geological rock formations where the Treur River (from Afrikaans: mourning river) tumbles into the Blyde River Canyon, causing erosion that resemble potholes. The attraction is named after the gold prospector, Tom Bourke (He never found any gold there).

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God’s Window (24°52′28″S 30°53′29″E)  on the Drakensburg Escarpment, has to be the pinnacle of three attractions.

Wait

Wait for the spectacle

Going towards God's Window

Going towards God’s Window

The Eden-like aesthetic appearance prompted the name, Gods Window. Situated in the iconic bush, it allows a view over the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains, on the border with Mozambique. This sight was a feature in the film #TheGodsmustbecrazy.

The view from God's Window

The view from God’s Window

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Still

Still marching on to God’s Window

Breathtaking views

Breathtaking views

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