Kruger is King
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