Kruger Magazine Winter 2020

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!

South Africa
MLP Media Pty Ltd
R 59,99
R 249,99
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
setting the scene

As we slowly head into winter in South Africa, amidst the global corona pandemic and associated challenges, it’s more important than ever to treasure gifts from nature… Mother Nature is not deterred in her rhythm. The Lowveld is a colourful palette of greens, yellows, browns and dark reds, and one of the many colourful trees in this region is the tamboti, commonly known as the jumping bean tree, of which some are in bloom already. Read all about this fascinating species on page 64, in an article by our regular expert author Nick Zambatis. The lockdown of the Kruger National Park (KNP) resulted in lateral thinking with regard to showcasing our regular KNP camp, so we decided to showcase the unique Skukuza Golf Club, which opened up a couple of weeks prior…

2 min
from the publisher’s pen

Since our last issue of KRUGER MAGAZINE that luckily circulated before the Covid-19 lockdown was implemented in South Africa on 27 March 2020, many things have changed. Many meticulously planned travel bookings had to be postponed or in some cases cancelled. Thankfully, the Kruger National Park, being locked down for some time, opened for day visitors in June with strict Covid-19 health protocols deployed to protect staff and visitors. Driving around the Park just after self-drive was allowed again, it was delightful to see that the animals were unperturbed! If you are lucky enough to be regular visitors to the Park – like we are – for us, withdrawal set in very early in April. We felt how severely one misses this experience the moment you don’t have it! And it is…

3 min
book review living the wild life

I an Whyte was permanently engaged with wildlife research in the Kruger National Park for 37 years between 1970 and 2007. He was involved with research on lions for many years and was awarded an MSc degree for his studies on these predators. He was later awarded a PhD for his studies on elephants. But this is not a scientific book. It is rather a chronicle of his time in the Kruger, with many stories and fascinating insights into the functioning of the Kruger’s ecosystems, the animals and the people involved. But mostly it is a collection of stories about interactions with the animals with which he worked, including lions, elephants, black rhinos, buffaloes, hippos as well as leopards, snakes and birds. His studies were all conducted at an earlier time when…

1 min
book review kruger birds – a safari guide

HPH Publishing’s latest book is a pocket-sized safari guide featuring the birds of the Kruger. Birding is becoming more popular than ever and this book will make it easier for readers to become familiar with the birds that are most often seen on game drives in the Greater Kruger area. Kruger Birds – A Safari Guide is a comprehensive guidebook that covers 447 Greater Kruger species. To help the birder spot various species in a specific area easily, the grouping in the book is based on shared habitats, with detailed information on how to identify different species. KEY FEATURES • Small size for easy handling. • Hard cover for practical use in a vehicle. • Features all 447 birds of the Kruger. • Complete photographic index. • User-f riendly categorisation • Bird names in English and Af rikaans. • Beautiful…

1 min

“A very special addition to the books we take along when we visit the Kruger. The photographs are beautiful and make identification so much easier. Love the way it has been set out. It is small and easy to keep with you. Highly recommended and a wonderful gift for any bird lover.” Cheryl R. “The overall content was well presented with clear identification markers of the types of birds seen in the Kruger. The photographs were precise with vivid colours allowing for easy identification. I particularly liked the ‘thumbnails’, which allowed for record keeping. Overall, the size of the book with its hardy cover, made keeping it close at hand a pleasure.” Ronnie Duffton “Excellent! Look forward to putting it to use in the Kruger at the end of December.” Paul L.…

3 min
my first visit to greater kruger

MY FATHER’S ARCHIVE We watch the zebras trot skittishly down the bank to drink, the oxpeckers on their backs swinging wildly. They freeze, listening to the quiet morning, cautiously trip back for another quick sip and off they go. Then, a troop of baboons moves in. They come to the waterhole one by one. The old male sitting on the edge keeps a slow, roving gaze going while he picks at the ground with his forefinger for seeds or roots. Our breathing slows as we watch, and I feel my father’s breath near me, in me, I feel his smile as he watches the baboons. “Stupid animals,” he says affectionately. As the sun sets, the light takes on a sultry quality. A flock of queleas swoop towards the grass. The sun catches…