An afternoon on Landmeterskop

Landmeterskop Farm Cottages

We do not have the Big Five, but we offer many smaller wonders for the visitor to enjoy! On a recent drive through the wheat fields, pastures and up the mountain on Landmeterskop, we saw many, many bird species, amongst them herons, Cape Sugarbirds, Egyptian Geese, Kori Bustards, Spur-winged Geese, guinea fowl and a Jackal Buzzard. In the veldt gazanias, oxalises (pink sorrels), various bulbs and other little veldt flowers were in bloom. Up the mountain were proteas and other fynbos, and fascinating sandstone rock formations. And naturally there were also all the farm animals – sheep, alpacas, goats, pigs and chickens.

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There were also a herd of grey rhebok. The grey rhebok or grey rhebuck (Pelea capreolus), locally known as the Vaal rhebok or Vaalribbok in Afrikaans, is a species of antelope endemic to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Swaziland. The specific name capreolus is Latin for ‘little goat’. (The Afrikaans/Dutch spelling of the species, reebok, lends its name to the British sportswear manufacturing company Reebok).

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