|Ancient mountains, red with iron, guarding|
|Researchers in the Matlabas wetland|
This reserve hosts a mystery: high in the mountains lie a marshland, source of the Matlabas river, which eventually flows into the Limpopo.
Tribal lore tells of a magical snake that could be seen in the pools of the Matlabas, an enchanted crowned snake that could make your dreams come true, or take you with into the depths of the water.
We have not yet seen this snake. But there is another mystery.
|Junior researcher checking out the proteas|
So, what is happening here? There is no human activity such as ploughing to cause the erosion. There has been no extraordinary rainfall, flooding or drought.
We went with Antoinette Bootsma, a Masters student researching this mystery, to support her but also to look after her baby while she walks through the bush.
In February we will have to go again, for a week, to help with a plant survey, and to support her research team. In the meantime, enjoy!
|We will be back!|
|Returning after a hard day's work|
|The waters host many birds|
|Her first realization that there are wild animals!|