Air Date: Week of December 9, 2011
Once the sun sets on the vast African plains, water-holes in South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve come alive with a chorus of frogs, toads and insects.
[FAINTLY BUBBLING SOUNDS OF FROGS]
GELLERMAN: We leave you this week in the South African veldt.
[SOUND OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN VELDT - FROGS CROAKING, BUZZING]
GELLERMAN: Veldt is a Dutch word. It refers to wide open spaces in Southern Africa covered with grass or low scrub. In Australia you’d call it the outback, in South America: the Pampas. Here, at the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, the sun sets over a watering hole and the sounds of frogs and insects fill the air. John Bullitt captured the chorus for his CD “Night of a Thousand Songs.”
[SOUNDS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN VELDT FROM JOHN BULLITT - A CACOPHONY OF FROGS CROAKING, BUZZING OF INSECTS, CHIRPING NOISES]
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