The Old Diocesan Issue5 Mar2020 - Page 15

De Hoop Nature Reserve
in the Overberg – a UNESCO
World Heritage Site – is home
to a colony of Cape fur seals,
with more than 250 animals,
according to the latest survey.
In January, while on holiday in
the area, Jean Tresfon (1992F)
took some snaps of the seals.
“Diving with these inquisitive,
intelligent mammals remains
a true joy, and one of the best
wildlife interactions to be had,”
he says. “But swimming here
can be dangerous, with large,
toothy predators known to
snack on these ‘shark biscuits’.
The seals, especially the herd
bull, can also be aggressive if
approached in the wrong spot.”
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Our African explorer Alastair Kilpin (1992F) was
in the far southwest of Uganda in December, and
woke one morning to a 360-degree panorama of the
glacial peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains, the western
escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, and all the dormant
and active volcanoes of the Virunga mountain chain.
“I’d been there for a week before any of this became
visible – one of the perks of travelling in the rainy season,
when the skies can clear without warning,” he says. The
Virunga mountain chain, which straddles the borders of
Uganda, DRC and Rwanda, is home to mountain gorillas.

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