Highway R372 runs east-west between Reivilo and Taung. Our camps in South Africa were much more mobile setups than in Libya. In Libya we needed military style trucks to pull our trailers. In South Africa, we could pull the accommodation trailers behind our Toyota Hilux pickups (Tacoma’s in the US). Consequently we moved every couple of weeks verses two or three times a year in Libya.
From Reivilo we headed east towards Mokgareng and Taung. Our camp was about half way between Reivilo and Taung on the northern side of the road.
Taung is famous for a fossil skull of a child, found in 1924, the Taung Child. Thought to have been killed by other hominids, the theory of its passing moved on to being due to a leopard before more recently arriving at the theory that the child was killed and eaten by a large bird of prey.
When I was there I saw no leopards, and no large birds of prey – I guess they’d moved on to other hunting grounds in the intervening two to three million years since the Taung child played in these parts of the world.
With the near daily storms that passed in the afternoons, we were often treated to wonderful sunsets like this one. The sun has just dipped below the horizon behind the stand of trees, illuminating the clouds from below with a fiery red glow.