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Kruger Magazine

Kruger Magazine

Autumn 2021
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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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Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
MLP Media Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Quarterly
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in this issue

2 min.
setting the scene

“How wonderful that nature is undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic.” South Africa is famous for its sunshine. Autumn officially starts on 20 March each year, but in the Lowveld we are still enjoying late summer, with no sign of the trees changing colour for autumn yet. Migrant birds, like the woodland kingfisher, can still be heard from early morning to late dusk every day. The world around us is lush green following exceptional summer rains. The bush is dense and the animals are found in the shade of trees, seeking shelter from the sun, or at waterholes quenching their thirst. How wonderful that nature is undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic – which has caused havoc in almost all human lives – leaving a calm, almost normal feeling when you take time off to experience…

1 min.
from the publisher’s pen

As summer subsides, the African skies are exploding with colour, especially at dawn and sunset – an ideal time for avid photographers to spend time in the Greater Kruger. More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown forced closure of international borders, and caused threats to livelihoods and sadly for some, the loss of loved ones, Mother Nature’s rhythm is uninterrupted as we move towards recovery in the tourism industry. “Take a week or more and come and breathe the Lowveld’s fresh air.” For those close to nature, the rhythm is soothing and brings with it a sense of stability and the wonderous beauty of each season. We cannot wait to see our lush green world turn into a colourful pallet of yellowy golds and reddish browns. Where butterflies turn into pupae…

3 min.
memorable sightings

There are some amazing things to be seen in the Greater Kruger, and from time to time we identify some of these, which become a library of memorable sightings. Some are videos that have gone viral on YouTube, others are readers’ stories and pictures sharing their amazing sightings with us. We have allocated space in our publication to create the opportunity for our readers to share their rare sightings, as well as to document them as part of the KRUGER MAGAZINE collectibles, some of which we are sure, might never be seen again. Pieter Viljoen Jnr tells their story... I feel like the story behind this sighting is as special as the sighting itself! My father, Pieter Viljoen Snr, and I finally got to our Kruger trip at the end of November 2020…

3 min.
my first visit to greater kruger

Where and when it all started, I cannot remember. My memories of my very first visit to the Kruger are limited to the soft-toy giraffe I got in the shop at Skukuza overlooking the Sabie River, and a faint memory of where we stayed in Pretoriuskop. I must have been around eight years old at the time. In those days, the cottages all had meshwire-enforced mosquito net window frames, doors and in this case, the whole stoep (see photo on page 18). But I clearly remember all the southern ground hornbills that gathered around the cars together with the monkeys and baboons looking for something to eat when you stop for a sighting. And our turquoise VW Variant station wagon we travelled with. The giraffe got lost over the years and…

3 min.
luscious lower sabie

“As one of the oldest camps in the Kruger National Park, it has a vintage feel – peaceful and timeless.” The Shangaan meaning of the word ‘Sabie’ is derived from the word ulusaba, which means ‘fearful’. Because the river was once teeming with dangerous Nile crocodiles, the Tsonga Shangaan people dubbed it Ulusaba (‘fearful river’). The word ‘Ulusaba’ was modernised by the Afrikaner colonialists, who changed it into the Afrikaans version ‘Sabie’. Due to the location on the southern bank of the Sabie River, the camp is aptly called Lower Sabie. When the Sabie Game Reserve was first proclaimed in 1898, the area around where Lower Sabie now lies was undeveloped. The initial road to the area was a two-track gravel road running up from Crocodile Bridge and continuing to Skukuza, built in 1926…

1 min.
sunset dam

Just outside Lower Sabie’s gates, Sunset Dam is one of the best places to watch the sun set over the African bush. It is an excellent spot to spend the day, armed with your favourite refreshments, binoculars and cameras. The residents of the dam, like hippos and crocodiles, will keep you busy while the comings and goings of an abundance of wildlife will ensure plenty photographs to sort through by the end of the day, including that very special last photographs of the sun setting over the dam. “Sunset Dam is one of the best places to watch the sun set over the African bush.” Watch this! Scan the QR code or visit https://youtu.be/x-6Na4G5fwk to watch the video: ‘The Superb Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park’. Published by Stories of The…