Sprawled in a canvas chair at our private lapa, glass of wine in hand, I watched a spotted eagle owl perch on a rocky koppie where it was silhouetted against the darkening sky. We were at Fossil Ridge eco-lodge in the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve near Oudtshoorn and the heat of the day was fading at last.
In the mornings, we woke to the chatter of birds in the thicket next to the tent. In the evenings, we braaied in the lapa, wandered back to our tent along the windy path softly lit by solar lights masquerading as paraffin lamps, and fell asleep to the hooting of owls. It was perfect.
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