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Kruger Magazine

Spring 2021

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!

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
MLP Media Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Quarterly
R 59,99
R 249,99
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
setting the scene

Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue of With summer looming, the Lowveld is typically warm to hot during the day and cool in the evenings – just as it should be this time of the year. There is an excitement in the air as nature awaits the first summer rains, some newborn antelopes showing themselves and migrant birds returning to nest in our sunny South Africa. Our First Visit regular contribution is a fascinating email we received from nine-year-old Bella Watson. At her request, we publish her letter unedited – read all about her experience on page 15. If you have ever had the experience of being part of a game capturing team, you are both blessed and privileged. The Ranger Diaries article on page 54 provides insights into how working with animals,…

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1 min
from the publisher’s pen

Spring is in the air in South Africa, but as a team, we especially enjoy autumn, as most large tree species are in bloom, providing a perfect opportunity to travel through the Park to get our library filled with photographs of trees in flower. When we decided to showcase the Euphorbias of the Kruger, we packed our favourite travel snacks, a few pieces of clothing, and off we went looking for these unique trees. Little did we know that our search would leave us having to go more than once, as we were not aware of the many different species to be found. The challenge to find them all was so exciting. So when you read the article on page 64, imagine us driving with purpose and running all over the…

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5 min
book review bats of southern and central africa:

Authors: A. Monadjem, P.J. Taylor, F.P.D. Cotterill and M.C. Schoeman Publisher: Wits University Press Language: English Extent: 714pp, hardcover, 925 Illustrations, colour Recommended price: R600.00 (South Africa) US$75.00 (International) Publishing date: June 2020 Peter John Taylor A Professor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Venda. Ara Monadjem A Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Eswatini, where he has been lecturing in zoology for the past 26 years. Fenton (Woody) Cotterill A Research Fellow with the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project. M Corrie Schoeman An Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This is a truly impressive book. The authors have gone a long way in convincing me that people like them are biology’s true superheroes, working quietly behind the scenes on some of our less…

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3 min
my first visit to kruger greater

It has been some twenty years since I visited the Kruger with my parents, and this last April, I introduced my own young family to the magic of the Park. We stayed at the Tamboti Satellite Camp, and every day was filled with a myriad of memories. There was lots of nostalgia that took me back to my own childhood. As a family, we were always fascinated as much by the little things as we were with the bigger game. “The Park lived up to my rose-tinted recollections.” I hope to instil these same values in my children: the understanding that it is not about seeing a leopard at all costs but appreciating all of nature’s threads. And the Park lived up to my rose-tinted recollections. My kids elicited such wonder throughout the trip…

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3 min
serene sirheni

“The camp is named in memory of an elephant.” To the north of the Kruger National Park, more or less in the middle between Shingwedzi and Punda Maria Camps, lies a quaint but luxurious Bushveld camp called Sirheni. Located on the banks of the Mphongolo River with a view of the Sirheni Dam, you enter the camp via one of the most driven loops in the north, the Mphongolo Loop. Sirheni is the Xitsonga word for cemetery or graveyard, and the camp is named in memory of an elephant that died of anthrax and was buried nearby around the mid-1900s. Sirheni Bushveld Camp forms part of a relatively new concept in bush lodging accommodation, which is smaller and more luxurious and mostly built in the more remote areas of the Park, but situated…

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2 min
game drives

“Driving from camp towards Shingwedzi on the tar road, towers of giraffe, herds of elephant and buffalo are easily spotted.” Sirheni is set in mopane woodland, and moving east towards the tar road, the vegetation changes to mopane shrub and grassland, which attracts many grazing species like antelope, zebra and blue wildebeest. Driving from camp towards Shingwedzi on the tar road, towers of giraffe, herds of elephant and buffalo are easily spotted as they cross the road towards the Mphongolo River to quench their thirst. This road between Punda Maria and Shingwedzi is a favourite for spotting leopard, cheetah and hyaena, and even on a few occasions, caracal. This is also home to rare species, like eland, reedbuck, tsessebe and roan antelope. “The small river road is tunnelled with large leafy canopies.” The Mphongolo River…

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