Aliwal North in a jiffy

It’s official.

They’re back in the homeland, and should be reaching the bustling metropolis of Aliwal North tomorrow.

No more nonsense from me then – the next updates will be coming at ya straight from the horses’ mouths. But quickly, one last bit of tomfoolery…I know I dangled the idea of some more river trivia before you a few days ago, so here it is, just what you’ve all been waiting for:

Did you know?

The Orange River is fed by many intermittent streams and wadis in the last 800km of its course.
Wadi (Arabic: وادي‎ wādī; also: Vadi) is the Arabic term traditionally referring to a valley. In some cases, it may refer to a dry (ephemeral) riverbed that contains water only during times of heavy rain or simply an intermittent stream.

And here’s one for the twitchers (although perhaps a bit outdated):

Did you know?

The Orange River Mouth system provides a sizeable area of sheltered shallow water suitable for concentrations of wetland birds. The bird populations can peak at about 20 000 to 26 000 representatives of 50 to 57 species.

These species include the Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis), Damara Tern (Sterna balaenarum), Hartlaub’s Gull (Larus hartlaubii), Blacknecked Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis), Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor), Chestnutbanded Plover (Charadrius pallidus), Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), Swift Tern (Sterna bergii) and Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia).

At least 14 of the 50 to 57 species are considered rare or endangered.




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