I hope you are all well this Monday and that you all had a grrrr-eat weekend!
Thank you so much for all your comments on my post yesterday! We have read every one of them and planted them as seeds (in our minds) for future posts. Please keep your comments coming so that this whole blogging experience can become a two-way thing! You are all our very special friends and our desire is to cater for your needs too.
Anyway, some of you (particularly my newer readers) wanted to know more about where we stay and to get a perspective of our life here in South Africa. People also wanted to know how (and where) all the animals fit in...do they simply roam the streets?
So please bare with me today - as I am going to try and answer some of your questions...
JOHANNESBURG (IN SOUTH AFRICA)
is the centre of the Gauteng Province. Us dogs (and our family) live in a suburb in this large city. The city itself is a densely populated Mega-Metropolis with numerous satellite towns. The population of Gauteng (which includes all the satellite towns) exceeds 8 million people. Our city is much like other cities in the world - fast moving, buzzing and displaying all the advantages and challenges of any modern city).
WILD ANIMALS DO NOT ROAM OUR CITIES!!!
WILD ANIMALS DO NOT ROAM ANY CITY IN SOUTH AFRICA!!!
Our famous 'BIG FIVE' (that is: LION, LEOPARD, ELEPANT, BUFFALO AND RHINOCEROUS) are ALL contained within demarcated Game reserves and Game parks. Our wild life and our wonderful scenery are famous world wide but generally live well outside city ranges. As South Africans, we pride ourselves in this heritage - substantial money is spent on conservation and research!
So our own family would have to travel great distances to get to these parks (and usually stay over-night) in order to see these animals. NO DOGS (Besides the African Wild Dog)are allowed in these areas...they would soon be eaten!!!
Just to put things into perspective, this is a picture (below)of a portion of our city - from near where we live. There are NO WILD ANIMALS HERE!
(unless you want to include our taxi-drivers in this category!)
There are also many 'squatter-camps' surrounding our city where people live in appalling conditions.
"OUT THERE", in the heart of the countryside, lies a world of natural opportunity...
THE DRAKENSBERG MOUNTAIN RANGE...
...offers clean air, stunning views, wonderful hikes and walks etc, etc.
The KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
is one of our most famous Game Parks.
Lying in the heart of the "Lowveld", it is a wildlife sanctuary like no other! It's atmosphere is so unique that it allows those who enter its vastness to immerse themselves in the unpredictability and endless wilderness that is the true quality of Africa. This is one of the homes for our
To give you an idea, the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK is larger than Israel . It is the flagship of our country’s national parks and is rated as one of the ultimate safari experiences. People may drive around in the park (under the park's rules) and may only leave their vehicles at assigned places. Our animals and wild life are given priority here.... people are but visitors and have to respect this!
But our country is diverse in what is has to offer and this blogpost will never suffice in telling you everything. I am merely giving you a snippet and trying to explain. If you wanted more information, merely do a google search or go to my recommended LINK to sa-venues.com
The centre of our country is hot and arid...a place called
It is a desert-type area with miles and miles of dusty roads.
Although I (THE MAXDOG) live in the city of JOHANNESBURG, my Mom grew up in a remote area of South Africa. She hankers after that life and has never truly adjusted to city life.
My blog allows her to show you (and remind herself) what life in South Africa can be like.
I hope that this explains a few things.
Happy Monday - its about 27 degrees here today and a beautiful sunny day!
Lots of licks
MAXDOG IN SOUTH AFRICA