Is the Kruger Park compromising on standards?

The race to preserve South Africa’s wildlife for posterity and to share and showcase it responsibly with the world is fast being lost. Our hope is in trusted institutions like the Kruger National Park to perpetuate this ideal, and to observe it with all the care it deserves. Does the slogan ‘Proudly South African’ still underpin the dream?

Fynbos Letters

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FOR close on 50 years it has been a personal joy that keeps reappearing on my bucket list, to visit the Kruger National Park: undoubtedly one of South Africa’s flagship tourist destinations. Arguably one of the top two!

Most recently, in January 2017 – at the peak of the summer season, it was the same for me again.

Or… was it? Well, mostly; but not all of it brought undiluted joy all of the time.

It had rained abundantly and all things natural were exceptionally picturesque, jubilant, revived, refreshed and vibrant. My companions and I reveled in the sheer enjoyment thereof. So did all of nature – and our privilege was to be not only silent and awe-inspired observers, but also partakers thereof.

Spotting animals in the wild, having the patience to pursue this activity and making the most of it have over many years and three generations been and become…

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