NMMU performing at Varsity Sing

[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eelyvUZ1GXI&w=500&h=400]The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University choir really showed their worth at the recent Varsity Sing choir competition up to where the judges screwed them over in the final placing them fourth where they should have ended second at worse.  But let's not show sour grapes cause sour grapes do not make good wine.  Anyhow, I wanted to share two of their performances from the semi finals with you today.  The first their rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody and then below,…

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Zebras in the city

It's not often that you get the opportunity to see game right in the city.  An early morning walk on the Grysbok Trail in the NMMU Nature Reserve gave us the opportunity to see zebra fairly close up and while on foot.

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Drama Princess’ dedicated Geocache

One of the local Geocachers, Team Navimate, have been honouring Eastern Cape cachers by placing caches in their honour along the Grysbok Trail in the NMMU Nature Reserve.  I first discovered the trial when I went to find a cache placed in my honour about a year ago.  Just after New Year I received an email from Navimate to let me know that they are placing a cache for Drama Princess and we made arrangements for it to be published…

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Watching zebras on foot

One of the things Drama Princess enjoyed most about walking through the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Nature Reserve was the fact that we spotted a lot of zebra along the way and could get fairly close to some of them without a problem.  How often does city kids get the opportunity to get things like this and it's right here on our doorstep.

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Did you know there is a nature reserve and hiking trail at NMMU?

I went for an early morning walk along the Grysbok Trail in the NMMU Nature Reserve with Drama Princess last weekend and this was the view back towards the campus and university buildings from the reserve.   The university campus was declared a private nature reserve in 1983.  The reserve covers 830 ha and is dominated by the St Francis Dune Thicket vegetation characterised by clumps of thicket occurring within a matrix of Dune Fynbos.  The Grysbok Trail itself was established in…

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Grysbok Trail flowers

Most people just associate Fynbos with proteas yet with over 9000 different species of plants in the biome there are many more flowers to be seen.  A early morning walk on the Grysbok Trail in the NMMU Nature Reserve had me spot this clump of flowers which, at closer inspection, was actually made up of three different types of flowers.  Just shows that one shouldn't go through life with your eyes closed as there are beauty to be found everywhere. 

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Caching on the Grysbok Trail with Drama Princess

Last Sunday I hit the Grysbok Trail in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Nature Reserve with Drama Princess for a bit of an early morning Geocaching outing.  We signed in at 6:50am and set off down the trail at a brisk pace.  The Grysbok Trail really is a gem.  One that I bet very few people know of.  Not just do you get to see so many different fynbos species and flowers, but a herd of springbuck or zebra can…

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The NMMU Nature Reserve and Grysbok Trail

Over the weekend I spent some time on the Grysbok Trail in the NMMU Private Nature Reserve doing the series of Geocaches that's been placed there recently.  I wonder how many people actually know of the trail.    The NMMU campus was declared a Private Nature Reserve in 1983 and covers 830 ha.  The reserve is made up mainly of St Francis Dune Thicket vegetation which is characterised by clumps of thicket within Dune Fynbos.  This fynbos vegetation is highly threatened because of agricultural clearing and…

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