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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in this issue

2 min
setting the scene

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. “The best time for observing African…

1 min
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…

3 min
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. Interesting fact Here’s the thing: Crochet is cool. So cool in fact, that the resurgence of learning and passing on this ancient skill is evident – not only in the number of courses and workshops available, but, judging by its prevalence on international catwalks, the likes 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…

3 min
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…

2 min
more on egyptian vultures (neophron percnopterus)

DESCRIPTION The adult’s plumage is white with black flight feathers in the wings. Wild birds usually appear soiled with a rusty or brown shade to the white plumage, derived from mud or iron-rich soil. Captive specimens without access to soil have clean white plumage. The bill is slender and long, and the tip of the upper mandible is hooked with a black tip. The nostrils are elongated horizontal slits. The neck feathers are long and form a hackle. The facial skin is yellow and unfeathered down to the throat. The wings are pointed, with the third primary being the longest; the tail is wedge shaped. The claws are long and straight, and the third and fourth toes are slightly webbed at the base. The sexes are indistinguishable in plumage but breeding males…

3 min

The two filmmakers, Susan Scott (director) and Bonné de Bod (producer), investigated the reasons why rhinos are killed for their horns. Initially setting out on a six-month project, the duo left their jobs, sold their homes, moved in with their mothers and gave nearly four years of their lives to document not just the rhinos but the various people connected to this iconic animal. During this roller-coaster ride between Africa and Asia, the two women found themselves in some hair-raising situations, embedded on the frontlines of a species genocide where they were given exclusive access to the enforcement aspect of the fight. From rangers, pilots and K9 units patrolling the hardest hit national parks to elite police units raiding wildlife trafficking dens in major cities... Survivors of rhino poaching also challenge the…