There are very few moments in life as relaxed as a boat ride on the Mogol river in the early morning light. The rising sun and awakening of the Waterberg around you takes you back to a time where 24/7 communication was not a necessity nor expected.
The African Jacana in this photograph is male. This little guy is an example of a good single father. The female, both bigger and more beautiful than himself, will mate with many males, lay a single egg in their nest, and leave for parts unknown. The male both incubates and raises the chick to adulthood.
With the Jacana you will also see a water lily. This plant, with its characteristic round leaf and white flower occurs in most of our bigger dams and river systems. Although both the stem sand the roots are edible, the flower has psychogenic properties when eaten. This effect has been recorded in the Egyptian hieroglyphics and was recorded as the Egyptian lotus by the Romans, the family name being Nympoea, referring to its effect on the libido as well. This flower was even found in the tomb of Ramses II!
On your next or maybe first visit to Kaingo, let’s do an early morning boat ride. We can set off, kill the motor and appreciate the silence of the awakening bush for a little while. And just maybe have a closer look at the Jacana and its friend, the water lily.
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