Kruger is King

South African Country Life - - Your Letters -

We first went to the Kruger Na­tional Park in 1954 and we have been back 37 times over the past 65 years. From the Eastern Cape this in­volves a round trip of more than 3 000 kilo­me­tres and

when asked why we re­turn I re­ply, ‘Kruger is a spe­cial place, not only the an­i­mals but the veg­e­ta­tion – the veld, wild­flow­ers, trees and rivers – all alive and ever-chang­ing with the sea­son. The sun­sets are ex­quis­ite and viewed over rivers and wa­ter and en­joyed in awe­some won­der. Hip­pos grunt­ing and snort­ing all night long. Black-backed jackal call­ing from far away and the spot­ted hyena cack­ling its shrill laugh. Then the ma­jes­tic lion’s deep, long roars that vi­brate into the African dark­ness, all adding to the African night or­ches­tra.’

My favourite an­i­mal, though, is the ele­phant. As­tound­ing how such a large an­i­mal, weigh­ing tons and stand­ing five me­tres tall can move so silently and cover up to 50 kilo­me­tres a night. Gen­tle gi­ants in­deed. And fi­nally the cry of the Fish Ea­gle.

I trust that this spe­cial an­i­mal king­dom will be pre­served at all cost for our chil­dren’s chil­dren. Guess where we are go­ing on hol­i­day next year? (edited)

Peter Ford, Port Al­fred

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