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Kruger Magazine Winter 2019

Few parts of the world can match the Greater Kruger Lowveld for its wildlife, natural and cultural diversity or the unique customer experience it offers to each visitor to this iconic region. Our targeted content is produced by leading journalists, photographers, videographers and graphic designers. We also draw on resources of a domestic and international network of expert contributors. Seasonally themed quarterly issues offer exciting information and content. The KRUGER MAGAZINE’s impressively broad editorial mix will offer engaging reading and satisfy not only the avid wildlife lover, adventurer, passionate photographer and domestic and international tourist, but also conservationists, researchers, and armchair travellers, amongst others. The KRUGER MAGAZINE offers essential content for anyone with a passion for wildlife who wants to understand and experience Africa’s Greater Kruger – a celebration of Africa’s GREATER KRUGER!

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setting the scene

Welcome to the Winter issue of While some visitors might prefer the lush vegetation of the summer months in the Greater Kruger, the best time for observing African wildlife, however, is the dry winter season that allows for better visibility and a boma or fireplace for cosy winter evenings. How privileged are you when you happen to witness a special sighting in the Greater Kruger, and your photographs are proof of your unique experience? The entries for our KRUGER MAGAZINE Amateur Photo Competition are exactly that – and how awesome all the entries were once again! But to be able to witness that once-in-a-lifetime sighting is extraordinary. Read about such a rare sighting on page 10 – make sure you look for such rarities when you are in the Greater Kruger again. One of…

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from the publisher’s pen

Winter is our favourite season of the year. Sightings in the Greater Kruger are magnificent, the baobab and sausage trees start to bloom during late winter – an exceptional sight – and the Lowveld is known for its mild weather during the South African winter season. We have three exciting competitions – two of which regular readers and Facebook group members might be familiar with by now: our KRUGER MAGAZINE Amateur Photo Competition and Favourite Spots, which are both integrated across print and digital platforms. We’re now also launching a brand-new competition for KRUGER MAGAZINE readers specifically – see the details on page 59. We would like to offer this exciting competition with each of the upcoming issues, so enter without delay! We are excited about our new regular, Memorable Sightings, and plan…

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Publisher: Pat Botha Editor: Quintus Strauss PRODUCTION TEAM Erka Alberts Tanya Botha Meldt van der Spuy Aletta Pretorius-Thiart Ronelle Oosthuizen Regardt Ferreira GRAPHIC DESIGNER Liesel van der Schyf EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Pat Botha Quintus Strauss Ron Rijs Ray Moore Dr Ian John Whyte Dr Rob Little Ralf Kalwa Nick Zambatis Roger de la Harpe Joep Stevens Carolynne Higgins Dr SCJ Joubert Donald Strydom Cayla Howes Thokozani Phakathi Maryke Scheun ADVERTISING SALES Pat Botha Mobile: +27 (0)76 077 7035 E-mail: Quintus Strauss Mobile: +27 (0)72 512 3589 E-mail: Tanya Botha Mobile: +27 (0)79 405 8846 E-mail: ACCOUNTS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Financial Director: Pat Botha Mobile: +27 (0)76 077 7035 E-mail: INTEGRATED COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES Managing Director: Erika Alberts…

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queens of crochet

The art of spinning a yarn has revived around the globe like never before. This is no truer than for Mpumalanga community-based project, Ukuthunga Handmade. Their knots of love are weaving into the fabric of people’s lives in South Africa and abroad. of Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera certainly seem to think so too. And have you heard of “yarn bombing”? Check out US-based crochet artist London Kaye’s work. Interestingly, the origins of crochet are tricky to trace. The earliest known records date back to 1824, but evidence suggests that women, in particular, have been sharing crochet patterns since well before then. Having gained popularity in Europe in the 19th century, theories include that this craft evolved long before this from traditional practices in Iran, South America and China. Born…

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interesting facts

Did you know that by hook or by crook? • Crochet saved lives. Many Irish relied on earnings from the crochet pieces they created during the potato famine. There were even schools formed to teach crochet to the people so they could save up the money necessary to emigrate to America. • Corner to corner is an awesome new crochet technique. Hats off to its inventor, because it’s an amazing way to crochet blankets. Corner to corner, also known as c2c, is worked diagonally, as you create “pixels” with clusters of stitches. • There is such a thing as crochet boobs. There’s been recent hype over Knitted Knockers, a charity that provides special handmade breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies or other breast procedures. • The largest ever crochet blanket measures about…

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memorable sightings

As avid Kruger lovers, once a year we enjoy taking the long drive up to the Park for our annual ‘re-charge’. The rest of the year we spend time on weekends in the parks closer to home. We also get our daily dose of the different social media Kruger groups that we belong to and reading all the different magazines on offer. In June 2018 we saw a member’s posting of an Egyptian vulture on the S25, which alerted us to the fact that maybe, just maybe we might be lucky to have our own sighting during our trip in September. Because we are only able to spend three to four weeks a year in the Kruger, we are one of those you will always see queuing at the gate before opening…