Kruger Magazine Summer 2020-2021

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!

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in this issue

2 min
setting the scene

Summer in the South African bush is a season of abundance. Summer is baby boom season for many antelope species – newborn baby impalas are everywhere! Migratory birds arrive… the woodland kingfisher’s call has become a prize in family participation as to who hears it first. Yellow-billed kites share the sky with other raptors, and the knobthorn trees have carpets of off-wite remains underneath them as they shed their bloom. It is also the time that reptiles become very active, as the summer heat is in full swing – and one of the most fascinating reptiles is the monitor. Whether you are lucky enough to see a water monitor or a rock monitor, it is quite a special creature to spot, especially in the Greater Kruger. Donald Strydom, one of our…

1 min
from the publisher’s pen

For those in the wildlife conservation and eco-tourism industries, if ever there was a time to generate new ideas, launch collaborative partnerships and find different ways of operating, it was in 2020. Our publishing team also faced enormous COVID-19 challenges and are grateful to all for working together to ensure we could publish our quarterly magazines aligned with the seasons! During South Africa’s initial lockdown period, we developed our KRUGER MAGAZINE digital edition app for iOS, Android and web devices in collaboration with developers based in Spain. The launch of the new app was done in collaboration with Jock Safari Lodge and the winner of the Jock Safari Lodge Experience competition was Rian Boshoff, one of our KRUGER MAGAZINE Facebook Group members. The app is free to download from your Apple App Store…

5 min
my first visit to kruger greater

I am told that my first visit to the Kruger National Park was in September 1959 at the age of 14 months to visit my father’s family who worked in the Park for 23 years. It was the start of a life-long passion for the bush. And what a privilege it still is to visit. My earliest memories of the Kruger are of arriving at Numbi Gate with my parents and being greeted by Judas with a smart salute as you enter. The world outside ceases to exist as you know it. The scrunch of the sand beneath your feet, the scarlet-chested sunbirds sipping nectar from the coral trees and the hot sun on your shoulders. The whisper of the grass and the scent of the potato bush. My beloved bushveld –…

3 min
balule basic but more

If you prefer camping because you want to experience nature firsthand, your choice should fall on the Balule Satellite Camp – one of the preferred camps in the Kruger National Park. Set in the heart of the Park, Balule – named after the XiTsonga word for the Olifants River – is almost always fully booked, despite the fact that there is no power. “Even though you don’t camp, you can still share the experience.” Other than the rustic camps in the Park, Balule can be classified between the traditional rustic and fully serviced camping offered at the main camps, as it has six three-sleeper budget huts for overnighters or backpackers, and even though you don’t camp, you can still share the experience. “A low fence is the only barrier that separates you from…

2 min
game drives

There are many options when planning a game drive around the Balule Satellite Camp area with the Olifants River flowing right past the camp. There is always an abundance of plains game coming down to drink and graze at the river. “Leopards generally lie up during the day in the thickest covert they can find, reeds, bush, or long grass. When their lairs are rocky krantzes and kopjes, where the mid-day sun beats down upon the sparsely covered rocks so that the surface becomes almost red hot, they like to creep into caves and crevices, where they lie sheltered until the cool, dark hours arrive.” Water birds can be seen everywhere and if you park on the low-water bridge crossing the Olifants River, you will get stunning photos of kingfishers, herons and Egyptian…

7 min
black-backed jackals super survivors

“Black-backed jackals are classified as ‘Least Concern’ in the IUCN’s Red Data listings. This attests to its remarkable wiliness, survival skills and adaptability over a wide range of ecotypes.” Black-backed jackals (BBJs) are one of many species that are classified under the genus ‘Canis’ including the wolves, coyotes and dogs. It is scientifically referred to as Canis mesomelas, the latter word derived from the ancient Greek mésos (‘middle’), and mélas (‘black’). The English name is derived from the French ‘chacal’, which in turn can be traced back through Persian to a Sanskrit word that meant ‘the howler’. Unlike the other members of the genus, this jackal is a very ancient species, having shown little evolutionary change since the Pleistocene and has occupied eastern and southern Africa for at least two to three…