South Africa in 30 Days, Day 4: Welcome to Eden

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Early morning sunshine in the Kruger

So, here we are now, in the Kruger National Park, and it’s a real beautiful piece of 19 485 sq km Africa we are getting to see.

Virtually all visitors to Southern Africa visit the Kruger National Park which got its name through the proclamation by Paul Kruger president of the Transvaal Republic, on 26 March 1898, of a “Government Wildlife Park.” This park would later be known as the Sabi Game Reserve and was expanded into the Kruger National Park in 1926.

The park was initially created to control hunting and protect the diminished number of animals in the park.

After the proclamation of the Kruger National Park in 1926, the first three tourist cars entered the park in 1927, jumping to 180 cars in 1928 and 850 cars in 1929.

Nowadays it is so much more busy, but I hope my pictures can bring across some impressions of what South Africa could look like if we had never settled here, or how it in fact might have looked like 100 years ago.

Lean back and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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Common but beautiful antelope, Impala are the prey of lions. I feel so sorry for them at night fall.
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Not an exciting sight for South African, to my overseas guests a scene of peacefully grazing antelopes lets them get all goose bumpy. We have arrived in Africa, wow!
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After arriving at the camp, we go for a night drive at 6pm. Always bring a light jacket as it can get chilly on the trucks. Buffalos at night – can give you a scare.
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Information desk, the African way.
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Night fall.
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Lilacbreated Roller (Troupant) is one of the most gorgeous birds on the planet, with beautiful colours like a little girl’s toy. r
But why Troupant?
This is the story that I have heard on many a bird drive, but I can’t seem to find any documentation to back it up. The reason the Roller is called a Troupant in Afrikaans is that it’s a corruption of the word: Trouband, or in English: Wedding Ring.
The story goes that young men wanting to get married will harvest the sticky gum from the Leadwood tree (Combretum imberbe), for example. They will find an appropriate dead branch, where Roller’s often sit, and will place a “bolletjie” or wad of this gum on the branch. When next a Roller sits on the branch his feet get stuck and he is effectively trapped. The man then catches the Roller. He will remove a stunning blue feather from the bird. This feather is then offered to the bride-to-be and is wrapped around her finger. The blue from the feather will stain her finger.
So, apparently, according to game ranger legend and tale, this is how the Lilac-Breasted Roller came to be called the Gewone Troupant in Afrikaans.
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So, this the moment when you can bet your great aunt Sunnie’s wedding ring that my husband will turn to our guests and tell them how many a tourist got squashed by an elephant … until one of the passengers will start begging that we could just back up a bit. Hard to stop laughing. Yes i have become a mean South African. Khaki shorts and all. Haha.
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That’s when we all start to break into song …

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2 Comments

  1. Thank you. Yes its nice to stay in touch with your old home. I am writing this blog mainly for those who can not travel themselves right now, to share some moments with them!

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