10 days in South Africa’s winter – (1) Mabibi Beach

Mabibi beach camp was stunning and so was the beach. I could almost forget the endless minutes looking for tiny birds of certain colour that are definitely rare and need spotting. The guys take their birdwatching seriously.

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The forests look stunning from afar, but the dunes are steep. We crawled through thickets, got snatched by spiky plants, and stepped on thorny Asparagus. The ultimate forest hike experience.

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We did eventually arrive at most plots. Exhausted but ready to take the hemispherical images and soil carbon samples.

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We encountered fires, used by locals to keep the grass low (so we think). And, we celebrated our achievement by watching a beautiful sunset at the lakeside trying to spot hippos and drinking the ice cold beer from the car fridge. Hoping for less harsh forest times. What little we knew.

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