Parabuthus granulatus!!!

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Jun 28, 2009


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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Parabuthus granulatus - or a deadly scorpion- that is what I don't want to see while we are in the Kalahari!!! Yesterday we flew from Cape Town to Upington, which is in the Northern Cape of South Africa. It is very hot and dry here - it is the desert. We stayed in a guesthouse right next to the Orange River (which was not orange) and played with four kittens there.

Today, we drove four hours to Tswalu, a game reserve in the Kalahari Desert. I was very excited to come here, because we were here last year with my grandparents and had a great time. On the way, we saw a dead bat eared fox, and a meerkat crossed our path while we were driving. It is mostly dirt road to get to Tswalu, and we only passed one car the whole time. It is far from everything. It is also very hot and dry, since it is the desert and it is summer.

When we arrived, I was very happy to find out that Jason was going to be our ranger. He was our ranger last year and he is amazing! Before we met him, we went for a swim and also read books for a while. Finally, it was time for the game drive! I love game drives at Tswalu. Jason is a great ranger and he knows everything about animals and especially about snakes. Samuel is our tracker and he is also great. On our drive we saw a black desert rhino, giraffe, steenbok (little deer), warthogs, secretary bird, white backed vultures, waterbuck, blue duiker, gemsbok, kudu, nyala, eland, wildebeest, springbok, black backed jackal, hornbills, nightjars, tsessebee, roan antelope (very rare), and an aardwolf (which I have never seen and which looks like a hyena, not a wolf). It was a great drive, even when it started raining. We had a beautiful sunset and I got to ride in the trackers seat on the way back.

But, back to the parabuthus granulatus. These are the most dangerous scorpions in the Kalahari. If they bite you, it is fatal usually. I do NOT want to see one. Jason has seen a few of them. You can tell if it is one because the tail is thick and does not have any hair and it is black. I am going to make sure I shake out my shoes and clothes while we are here. Jason showed me one in the rangers room and it was really freaky looking! One of the ladies who works here found two outside her door two nights ago! And one on Christmas Day!

Tomorrow we are going to wake up early to go find lions. I am very glad to be here, even though I am sad to say goodbye to Winston, my new friend, and to Cape Town.
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