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 Post subject: DVD Review- The Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:27 am 
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I bought a DVD called "The Kruger National Park - South Africa's Gem of Parks".

Here it is:
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To be quite honest I wasn't expecting much from the video, but I was pleasantly surprised. The film is by Klaus Lang, who I haven't heard of, but he is apparantly well travelled as far as game parks are concerned - he has visited 120 national parks in over 80 countries (so says the blurb).

Anyway, the video starts of with an introduction about the park, telling some of its history and touching on Stevenson-Hamiltons great contribution.
From there the narrator mentions some very interesting facts about the park, for instance, more species of birds are found in Kruger than in the whole of the USA and Canada!! :shock: The video then goes through the major animals, birds and reptiles, giving a short bit of info on each of them.

Starting off in the South they show all the major camps and animals which are found, and head right to the top. The video was certified in 1999 so it was interesting to see how things have changed since then. The camps certainly look much better now, in my opinion.

The film ends of with a 20 minute finale concentrating on the predators, with some very exciting footage. They show a large pride of wilddogs hunting an impala (if you've never seen an impala jump 6m clear, get this video!) as well as two male lions having more than a scrap over what must have been a very pretty lioness!

They got some rare animals on tape too - a pangolin, otter aaargh there are a few more that have slipped my mind now. :oops:

Anyway with a running time of 69 minutes I thought the dvd was informative and interesting. The only issue worth pointing out is that the editing is a bit sloppy. Ok maybe more than a bit.

There is a second insert of about 52 minutes about the Sabie River which I have still to watch, but judging from the KNP film, should be just as good!

Cost R158
Rating: 8/10

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Thanx for another great review.

from the cover it looks fairly 'touristy'. is it worth buying seeing it was made in 1999 and before.......Bwana some times i wonder where you find all these things on Kruger, you must have every gadget there is now! lol
it would be nice to hear what the Sabie river section is about, but seeing as it was made before the floods good be irrelevant now??? but we'll have to wait and see.

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Thanx for another great review.

from the cover it looks fairly 'touristy'. is it worth buying seeing it was made in 1999 and before.......Bwana some times i wonder where you find all these things on Kruger, you must have every gadget there is now! lol
it would be nice to hear what the Sabie river section is about, but seeing as it was made before the floods good be irrelevant now??? but we'll have to wait and see.

Pac


Hi Pac,

I love Kruger so anything I can get my hands on I'll give a go. Although the film was made in the late 90's, the animals havent changed, even if the ammenities have slightly. Its great to see sections of the park I haven't visited, so I found it of interest. It is about the park, the animals, and it gives a concise yet interesting account and overview of the park. It doesn't come across as totally PR but there is no doubt that it makes you want to go. NOW!. :lol:

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I enjoyed it! :D Makes me want to pack my bags and GO!! :lol:

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Bwana you are right.
might make me go crazy to see teaming wildlife in wide open spaces...... :cry: :cry:
I might but if you say it is good, will go to the shops tomoz and see what i can find....Thanx

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That sounds nice to watch Bwana - I'll be very interested to hear about the Sabie River bit as well. Something to look out for in September/October when we're home.

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