Summertide Diary: Departing Wilderness

22 December 2020

Our last morning in Wilderness and one final chance to take a walk through the camp – even if it was drizzling slightly it’s amazing to still find so much new to see!

As we start our drive to our next destination, the sun finally puts in an appearance, inviting us to pull to the side of the road and enjoy the view over Swartvlei, the largest of the lakes in the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park.

A view over Swartvlei from a lay-by along the N2-highway

If you’d like to read more about the Wilderness section of the Garden Route National Park, please have a look at this special feature about it that we published a while ago.


17 thoughts on “Summertide Diary: Departing Wilderness

  1. naturebackin

    Your lovely pictures show what one tends to miss if only viewing nature from a car! The hairy caterpillar is likely one of the lappet moth caterpillars. Possibly the Cape lappet moth (Eutricha capensis), which seems to have several colour forms. (I was recently trying to identify a similar caterpillar that I photographed in our garden, which I think is another species of lappet moth caterpillars.)
    Glad to hear you took the trouble to rescue the gecko and save it going on a long car journey – it is not easy to find and remove them though!

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  2. Anne

    I have been intrigued to find a Dwarf Gecko that seems to have adopted my car as its territory over the past few weeks: I see it in the groove when I open the boot to place the grocery bags inside and yesterday, as I walked past the car, it skittered into the crack of the door. All this detail because I was interested to see the gecko on what is probably your vehicle.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      That was exactly the situation with this little one, Anne, and he delayed our departure by quite a bit as I struggled to get him off the car and back into the bush next to our alloted parking space!


  3. sustainabilitea

    The end of another glorious visit. Thanks so much for that. I just finished reading a book you might enjoy: “One Man’s Wilderness: an Alaskan Odyssey” by Richard Louis Proenneke and Sam Keith. In 1968, Richard went to Alaska and by himself built a cabin and explored the area around his cabin. There’s a lot of information about how and what he built but also a lot about the animals he saw. I greatly enjoyed it, so if you might be able to get it at your local library, I think you’d like it. There was also a movie called “Alone in the Wilderness” about his adventure.




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