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South African Eden

Unread postby Senyetse » Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:46 am

I found Col. James Stevenson-Hamilton's South African Eden at our local library.

A must read for anyone interested in the history of KNP, particularly its formative years.
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby Imax » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:44 pm

Wow, You are lucky, I have been trying to get my hands on it for a while now.

I managed to pick up "Skukuza", a short biography on him a while ago.

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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby Johann » Thu Sep 25, 2008 3:30 pm

This book has been re-printed by Penguin Classics and is available here. I got my copy from the Skukuza shop in July.

ISBN: 9780143185581
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby Senyetse » Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:17 am

Finished it last night. Interestingly, the trouble with public bad behaviour started shortly after the park was opened to the public. That was in the 1920's or 1930s (I forget :redface:).

Makes one realise how visionary Stevenson-Hamilton was at the time. Also scary how close it came to the deproclamation of the reserve and conversion to farmland!
Great read. :D
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby Pjw » Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:37 am

@ Senyetse I had a chuckle at those "heroes"who taunted the lion with a stick . I must admit, I thought "so whats changed?" when I read his stories of the publics poor behaviour!
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby Senyetse » Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:04 am

:lol: Yes, indeed things have not changed very much.

I enjoyed the part where the lion was drinking water out of a bucket and then the handle fell over his head and the poor lion ran around with the bucket on his head while issuing "muffled roars". :lol:
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby Pjw » Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:12 am

Its a very entertaining but informative book written by someone with a true passion for his subject. Should be compulsory reading for all KNP fans :lol:
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby ndloti » Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:15 pm

I found it in a KNP shop in 1999 . A great read indeed .
It could convert more people to agree that the best way to maintain "Eden" is by "back to basics" policy .
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby Battis » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:47 pm

Hi all,

This was the best book I have ever read! :thumbs_up: I have read many interesting books about the lowveld/Kruger etc. but this one stands out by far! :clap:

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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby gmlsmit » Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:45 am

Any true nature lover or kRUGER PARK enthusiast should have a copy of this wonderful book SOUTH AFRICAN EDEN it could never have a different title.

I have a 1974 edition printed by COLLINS St. James place LONDON purchased at the price of R6.55.

My prized possession is a First Published Edition 1937. In the front is an inscription R G Hulme Junior Army and Navy Club London.
On the next page is a Coat of Arms of R. Egerton Hulme, with the inscription "CASSIS TUTISSIMA VIRTUS" on the ribbon, which was presnted to me many years ago by someone who cared.

Unfortunately the book was falling apart, I have had it rebinded and an excellent job was done.

Should anyone have old books they need reaired, you can PM me and I will gladly make the contact details available.
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby ndloti » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:18 am

I am again thoroughly enjoying reading this book , preparing myself for an imminent stay at a place where I can pretend that I am enjoying the KNP in the state that I wish I had seen it , as a Cinderella ...
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:17 am

Please note "Eden".- a perfect place, highly pleasing, named in the 1930s, also by a man who truly cared. Maybe on a full moon evening he and wife Hilda may still often stand on the edge of Shirimantanga and watch over these plains of the place they just could not let go of.

Come February I also need to visit Shrimantanga - Shirima ntanga - Tsonga words meaning "tiller of the early garden in damp soil" - SKUKUZA was indeed a tiller of the early garden.

SKUKUZA - a corruption of the original ZULU - "sikhukuza "he who scrapes clean or level".

J.P. Junod an expert in the Tsonga language interpreted the name as originally having some bitterness by the Tsonga people who were the early inhabitants of the southern part of the Low-veld, of being deprived of their dwelling place by Col. Stevenson-Hamilton.

This attitude changed to one of goodwill when they started realizing that the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK became one of the biggest supplier of job opportunities close to their homes.
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:34 am

I went browsing in my favourite second hand book shop recently. On a whim I went and asked the owner if they had a copy of "South African Eden". She told me that one had come in just before the weekend and she hoped that it was till there.

After a scrable through books piled on the floor, she came up with a brilliant, fairly well preserved copy from 1939. It had been donated to the Johannesburg library, the reference section, by Jan Smuts' grandaughter in memory of her brother.

What a find :D :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

I am having to be very discipline right now.. and late at night, as the book keeps calling me.
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Re: South African Eden

Unread postby Oryx » Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:11 am

I have a 1952 edition (second). Got it from a staff member who worked at Shingwedzi in 1979. I shall have to have it rebound as it is starting to come apart slightly.
Yes, wonderful book.


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