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photoblog image Namibian farm - the chase is about to start
Namibian farm - the chase is about to start|

Namibian farm - the chase is about to start


Remniscent of cowboys in the US Wild West. This 'road' runs between various sections of the farm. Just over the hill the road opens up into the main residential section. To the left here is another residential section for guests. To the right is the start of a huge game section. A short way behind me, the 'road' opens into a rather large cattle section of the farm. The hill itself is a dune that would be very old, like more than two thousand years.


A cattle herder is taking some cattle to the main residential section. The three guys on the horses are bushmen that work on the farm. Apart from the owner, there are about 5 families of bushmen people living on the farm. The horses are endurance horses. The riders and us (on a light truck) are off to persuade a hartebeest bull (Alcelaphus caama) to leave the cattle section and join some hartebeest females in the game camp. He came from elsewhere and it would be good for the hartebeest population on this farm, if he could join the females in residence. Since the hartebeest is a wild antelope, the guys are excellent trackers and the horses will easily stay with it, while they drive the bull to the game section. It would be better to stick to the various roads and tracks with the truck.


To me, the interesting part is that they use two-way radios to stay in contact.  Something went wrong with this method of comms, so they started phoning each other, using their mobiles. Which is one of the reasons why each family head has a mobile provided by the farmer. Because the farm is quite flat, there is no problem with the mobile signal.


The operation was a success as the hartebeest bull ended up in the right section and did seem to get wind of the females. For a short while there, I was a pimp.


I will be away to Botswana to do some volunteer work there. My expected absence will be three weeks. But I do take my camera along.



comments (20)

  • Beth
  • United States
  • 25 Sep 2015, 02:05
Interesting shot and story. I look forward to photos from Botswana when you return. Safe travels!
Louis: Thank you Beth, I will do my best.
this is a good composition Louis... i enjoyed your story about the wild west cellphone cowboys....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter, it seems the cellphones are more reliable than two-way radio.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Sep 2015, 04:58
This is a fabulous shot. A likey to me. Thank you for the wright-up.
Enjoy your next three weeks. I am looking forward to your pictures.
Louis: Thank you Astrid, I am much encouraged.
A so very well illustrated story Louis! A likey for me.
Have a great stay in Botswana.
Louis: Thank you Richard, I am honoured.
Modern communications make sense. Have a good trip
Louis: Thank you Bill. So much we take for granted and yet, a mere twenty odd years we lived without it.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Sep 2015, 06:41
Very interesting Louis, I wonder how they communicated before radios and mobiles?
Louis: Thank you Chris. Yes, one can wonder. I am sure with a lot of swearing and enough disorder to make it obvious to the farmer to start using comms devices, the moment they became available.
What a life there, Louis, and you are witness to it...and our chief story-teller. THANK YOU. I get my education from you all the time!
Louis: Oh, I like to experience events like these. It is just great for my soul, for photography, for experience, etc. And I don't mind sharing, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 25 Sep 2015, 07:56
I like this composition, too, and look forward to many more from Botswana
Louis: Thank you Lisl - I hope good opportunities will arise.
This looks like the Wild West Louis.
Louis: It does, gutteridge
  • Ray
  • Surin, Thailand
  • 25 Sep 2015, 09:25
Love this image, Louis...one of your finest!
Louis: Thank you Ray. Glad you think so.
You have an adventurous life, Louis. We must seem boring to you. Great story and illustration.
Louis: Thank you Mary. No, nothing boring - but different. The foxes are never after my cats, because we don't have foxes and it is long since I have kept cats. I don't experience snow storms in winter, in fact this past winter was one of the mildest ever. So, you see, different ...
A great image and such an interesting commentary Louis.
Louis: Thank you Brian
Well done them managing to get the bull into the right place. An interesting visit to the farm Louis. Enjoy your volunteer work and look forward to the pics
Louis: Thank you cornishmaid. I experienced a sense of accomplishment, even when I was only a spectator smile Will do in Botswana.
excellent composition, Louis. i love all the elements here. a great narrative. looking forward to what you share when you return
Louis: Thank you Ayush - I hope to have shareables.
Doesn't look like exactly rich grazing country!
Louis: In a way, looks can be deceiving. The grasses have seasonal and not constant growth, but is nutritious, while it lasts. All of this means that the farms (ranches in American-English) have to be much bigger, to carry the same number of cattle than smaller farms elsewhere. The Omaheke district where this farm is, is considered real beef country.
Could be Arizona, Louis, have a safe trip.
Louis: Thank you Frank.
fine composition, Louis...
Louis: Thank you Larry
A good story and share on SC.
Louis: Thank you Jacquelyn
Very enjoyable series of your Namibian farm experience, Louis. This shot really does resemble the U.S. Wild West. Best of luck for your volunteer work in Botswana.
Louis: Thank you Beverly. All went well.
Such a terrific shot, Louis!! Loved the story!
Enjoy your vacation - when you get back I'll be (I am) a married woman! YAY!
Louis: Thank you mrs Croston - hope y'all had a great day and even better days following that one. So what now? Are you a Brit or is he a Yan(oops, cross out, delete) - ahem, a US citizen to be?

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