As for the name Kamberg, I almost got it right. The mountain is said to look like a roosters comb, hence the name Kamberg.
Took a trip to Kamberg nature reserve today, about 85km from home, only the last +- 10km on good gravel road, the rest tar.
Kamberg valley was home to the Bushmen until about the 1850's. Due to the encroachment by black and white settlers the game that the Bushmen depended on became scarce. The Bushman's way of hunting was quiet and did not drive the game away. Black hunters used dogs and lots of men. White hunters used guns with more devastating effect. Busmen turned to raiding White and Black settlers cattle and sheep, which made them the enemy of both. Soon there were no Bushmen left in the Kamberg valley, after thousands of years.
The Kamberg Nature Reserve has a Bushman art museum.
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One winters morning I decided to go fishing at one of my favourite still waters, Grantchester. Got there just as the sun peeped over the horizon, tackled up and started fishing, after two casts the line was frozen in the guides. Had to wait until almost 9 before I could start fishing.
The Mooi River at Riverside Farm. These are Natal Fly Fishers Club waters, so I have unrestricted access to 7km of river on this farm. This is about 5km from Kamberg.
The Mooi River is home to Brown trout which were planted here in 1899. The original ova came from Loch Levin in Scotland. In South Africa Brown and Rainbow trout never occur in the same river or stream, although both types were seeded in the rivers. South African fly fishers consider Brown trout the fish to catch due to the difficulty of catching Brown trout.
Rainbow trout in South Africa came originally from the Kamloops area in Canada. This strain has adapted so well that it survives temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius, almost 80 degrees Farenheit. If you should catch one at this temperature though, the chances are you would not be able to revive it and it would die.
Tomorrow I will tell you more of my Kamberg experience.