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By GrahamColling

A Sundowner Sunset

One thing I've found difficult while here is landscapes.  Trying to make sense of the dense vegetation and predominantly clear skies has been challenging; no signature trees or interesting cloud formations to work with.

I'd stayed in the lodge while everyone else rode out this afternoon.  I joined them for sundowners, high up on one of the hills that surrounds the reserve.  It was quite special, as we watched three giraffe walk along the ridge line in the distance, like ships bobbing up and down in an ocean swell.  I was surprised that they had climbed the hill, I've always thought of them as a plains animal.  You can also see, below and to the right of the tree a typical South African Braai (or barbecue).  We'd come here on our first full day for lunch to enjoy a typical bush experience.

We're coming to the end of the holiday and, much like an Agathe Christie story, the other guests we have come to know and build friendships are disappearing.  Each evening the number of chairs set out for sundowners is reducing, from 8 two days ago, down to 6 yesterday and just 4 today.  Tomorrow there will be just 2 as we will be the only guests at the lodge.

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