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This is the pass coming up to The Hell, situated in the Swartberg Pass near Oudtshoorn, South Africa. (Swartberg= Black mountain) This pass leads to a remote area named The Hell, because it gets so hot. It is a similiar pass that leads down to The Hell, but there is no way through it. No wind gets down to the bottom, so it bakes in sweltering heat of 109 F and higher. In the summer it is unbearable. During the winter the area has some fine hunting for smaller antelope species.

I went through this area about 2 weeks ago and thought I would share this pic  I took and some useless info with you.

 

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It's Beautiful 8 shots. Thanks for the sharing, I'll probably never be able to see it for myself, so this is a welcome for me.
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This area also has some amazing rock formations. I am not a geologist, so I would not even attempt to explain what happened here, except a lot sh&%t went down some years ago!!!

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THANKS 8 Shots, Beautiful part of the world there man, I hope someday I can get around there.
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8shots,

Thats fliping awsome.I need to start saving my pennies so i can fly over and see things like this.

 

great pic's man thanks for sharing them with all of us.

 

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VERY cool, 8. Thank you for sharing.

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Very interesting rock formations there, 8 shots!  Neat looking place!
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wow, i cant believe that, i picture africa as mostly desert and barren, that place looks sweet.
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Pyro,
Africa is a big continent! South Africa is just as big, with climate and vegetation that goes from desert to forests.  So we are pretty fortunate in that we can hunt all kinds of animals under all kinds of conditions. (End of lesson 1- Africa)Big%20smile
Here is a couple of other pictures taken in our beautiful country!
 
 
 
 
 
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the fourth picture reminds me of arizona, what pretty country that is im really impressed, you keep sending pictures out and you might make a liar out of me!! i keep telling myself theres now way i will get a chance to go to africa and hunt, but as pretty as your part of it is i might have to.
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so is it summer down there now??
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Pyro, it should be, but the guy dishing out the sunrays did not look at the calendar. We are still experiencing some pretty cold weather for this time of the year. But yes, we are officially in our summer months.
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so what kind of temps are you expecting to have during the summer months?
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there isnt any real dangerous game where you are at is there?? ie cape buffalo elephant etc
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South Africa has a wide range of climatic conditions. Typically our night time temp is around 64deg Fah.

We then have average summer days of 82 F, but it can spike to 95. In our hotter semi desert areas temps go 104 F +.
 
I live in Cape Town which is a winter rainfall area. We have cold wet winters, and hot dry summers, with temps around 95deg Fah in summer.
To our north lies the drier areas, which include the Kalahari desert, where temps can spike to 106 deg F +.
To our east lies the summer rainfall and the hot humid areas of Natal. They have temps at night of 75 F and daytimes of 90F, but the humidity is 80% plus, so it kills you.
So we have a bit of everything, depending on where you live.
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I grew up in SE Ga, I know all about that humidity thing, seems like a thunder shower comes everyday in the afternoon, and the humidity is nearly always around 90% or better, temps in the 90's during the day and 70's at night.
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

there isnt any real dangerous game where you are at is there?? ie cape buffalo elephant etc
 
Pyro, most of the dangerous stuff is nowdays only found in National Parks and big game ranches. On the average hunts we go on, leopard can be a problem, but lion, buffs etc are not around anymore. Same for elephant. There are big game ranches where you can still hunt amongst them or hunt them. But this is the big league.
Three years ago I hunted in a reserve called Tsolwana, and there was several rhino walking freely. I came to within 50 yds or so from them . Look at extremme right of photo for two rhino.
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its not really hot here in mn during the summer we will an occasion hit 100 but only usually a couple of times a summer but those times the humidity is about 80-90% so yeah thats miserable, most of the time low 80's is the norm with 60-75% humidity. looks like i need to get my ass back into high school shape so i could hike the country looking for animals to hunt. thanks for sharing 8shots
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yeah i would like to come down there and hunt some of the  game you talk about about, the "plains" game none of that dangerous stuff for this cat.
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is any of the game you hunt real tasty??
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I suppose like most venison the taste is in the preparation. Kudu, springbuck and eland account for the best venison. I have cut some kudu steaks this season which is the best I have ever had. tender and not "wild" tasting. Mostly we make biltong or jerky as you call it. Also dry sausage. We spice it all up and add sheep fat and hang it out to dry.
 
 
 
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Other wise if the venison is not tasty we go for the next best. The Atlantic Ocean is about 5 miles from my house.
 
 
 
 
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8 You have it made, great area you live in there.
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i tell you what.man oh man. I got to visit that place.
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