THERE are some formidable road hazards in Africa: potholes as deep as wells, thorns as sharp as needles and that continent-wide suspension-smasher ‘ the road itself.
Yet it’s none of these things blocking my LandCruiser at the entrance to Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, but a steaming knee-high pile of elephant dung. In the middle of the road. Clearly I am not in Kansas any more.
It’s an apt welcoming “gift” to Kariega, a game reserve so packed with critters I take a peek under my blanket before getting into bed to ensure I’m not bunking down with a black mamba.
Occupying 9000ha of coastal hinterland overlooking the Indian Ocean 140km northeast of Port Elizabeth, Kariega boasts a veritable Noah’s Ark of biodiversity.
There are 280 types of birds, several snake species and 25 game species,