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Touring on the Letamo Game Farm
Touring on the Letamo Game Farm
Jean-Philippe Rémy

LETAMO GAME FARM — After the depressing outskirts of Johannesburg, with its paved-over shopping centers, garages and the smell of greasy chicken, the countryside isn't all that much better. At the local gas station, there are men in bush hats and shorts, all khaki and autumn-colored, looking like they're either going for a friendly day of hunting or organizing a guerrilla warfare. This is what the caged South African countryside looks like: the veld, a grassy, monotonous plateau where poor farm workers look beaten and white men in shorts are heavily armed.

In the middle of this world, there's the discreet Letamo game reserve, turned into a closed domain, with homes and fences, an enclave like the many others that have begun appearing in South Africa. Inside, animals — zebras, greater kudus, and jackals that make quite some noise in the evening — are drinking at the artificial watering holes. But if Letamo is protected by electrical wiring, and if guards keep watch 24 hours a day, it's not to prevent the ostriches from escaping.

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