Starting at the dry pan
the entrance of the Vogelstrausskluft, an almost plain plateau stretches to
the Canyon Rim
, 15km east of the
old farmhouse. Savannahs change into fields of various rocks, streaked by sandy, dried
out watercourses or small groups of trees.
Although it's exposed to the sun without much protection, this part is among the
most fertile on the farm area. During rain season water gathers in dips and forms
shallow lakes, that, depending on the amount of rain fallen, can reach dimensions
of several hundred meters. Because the water can not drain, a part of it oozes into
in the ground and builds up reservoirs of ground water - the rest evaporates in the
sun. Desert plants with deep tap-roots like the Kamelthorn tree use these reservoirs
to survive the droughts.
When rain finally falls again the dried out ground only can absorb the water slowly.
Therefore most of it flows off and forms wide wash-outs of red Kalahari sand. They
streak the plateau in several places and mostly end in one of the dips or a valley.
Like beneath the dips ground water reservoirs or even small subsurface flows form
underneath. The wash-outs normally are easy to identify even from afar because of
the dense vegetation and small groves that grow in their vicinity. These groups of
trees offer shelter, feed and water for a variety of animals, so there's always the
possibility to watch some there.
A few water pumps driven by wind energy, that are left from times when sheep were farmed
still, create additional locations for animals to find feed and water. Therefore the
plateau is the home of most bigger animals on the Vogelstrausskluft. Nearly all kinds
of game can living on the farm can be found here.
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