It's a great pleasure to give you my personal tour of
Jackals Dans and share its tranquil yet fragile beauty. Click on each of the
links below to be taken to a whole new gallery of beautiful pictures.
- The Waterhole
Several acres of irreplaceable fynbos vegetation were devastated by sand mining
several years before I bought Jackals Dans. On the other hand, the quarry pit has
now provided a new water
hole over summer an otherwise dry area. Animals and birds are drawn
naturally to this spot.
naturally includes baboon, Bushbuck, Rooikat (Caracal), Bat-eared Fox, Genet,
Grysbok, Hare, Honey Badger, Klipspringer, Otter, Porcupine, Rhebuck (grey),
Steenbok, Yellow and Grey Mongoose and a variety of snake species.
Unfortunately I am not always in the right spot
at the right time to take pictures.
Fynbos (fine bush) is the characteristic
vegetation of the
Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest of the six floristic kingdoms of the
world - with an astounding total of 8,600 species (more than in Great
Britain). All year round, Mother Nature gives me spectacular flowers at my
front door, at my back door and generously blankets the green slopes that I
see from my windows. This is my personal garden - no planting, no
mowing, no effort. Thank you, Mother Nature.
The higher you go, the better it gets. Or maybe not. Whether
you look north to the aptly-named "Heaven and Earth" (Hemel en Aarde)
mountains or south to the turquoise ocean, up east to the Onrus Mountain
peaks, or west to Betty's Bay and Kleinmond, each vista is unique and equally
I never get tired of the view. Every one.
For every magnificent and brilliant sunset, there should be a
glass of fine Cape wine to celebrate its grandeur. One of my life goals
is to be that person, with that glass, enjoying that
sunset. Such heaven! Sitting on my porch at Jackals Dans at sunset, I am as
close to heaven as I can get on this earth. Of course - that's
why it's called Heaven and Earth Valley! So 'm not the
first to feel this way. Darn. Won't be the last either, for sure.
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