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Re: Bruce Bryden - A Game Ranger Remembers

Unread post by Leeukos » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:26 pm

I got this book as a gift and what a wonderful book this was. The different stories and adventures of Bruce comes alive and I found myself reading until the early hours of the morning.

This is truly a must have !!!! :clap:
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Re: Bruce Bryden - A Game Ranger Remembers

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:12 pm

Leeukos, I am busy with it currently (rifle section) and agree it is most insightful to learn about the real life stories and the lessons learnt from the rangers view.

Can I recommend you get hold of Kobie Kruger's books - Mahlengeni first and then 'All things wild and wonderful' (refer thread on Kobie Kruger books). Bruce made reference to Kobus Kruger on a few occassions in his book who also was a ranger during the same time as Bruce in Kruger. In his introduction he mentioned that all the rangers were encouraged to write about their experiences, but not many did so.

16 days to go to my next visit and I will certainly relive Bruce's experiences when visiting Shingwedzi. :thumbs_up:
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Game Ranger Remembers - Bruce Bryden

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:02 pm

I've been reading this book as of late. It's the kindle version so sadly the pictures aren't the same as per the printed copy.

The normality of how he tells various tales makes for very interesting reading and also gives great insight on to the life of a Ranger within KNP.

Don't expect a Stephen King thriller, but it does paint a picture of life as it was for the rangers of old.

I'd recommend this book as it has put me in 'Kruger' mode and given me lots to laugh about.
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Re: Bruce Bryden - A Game Ranger Remembers

Unread post by Gerhardd » Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:04 am

Superb book.

I have two hard copies and a soft copy on my Ipad kindle app.

Bruce had the gift to immediately transfer me from anywhere in the world right there into the park with him.

Just the adventures he had with animals around the house was amazing.

Definitely worth every cent.

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Unread post by hilda » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:11 am

I couldn't agree more! Definitely a MUST read! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Bruce Bryden - A Game Ranger Remembers

Unread post by Garyd73 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:19 pm

I picked this up on my visit last month and am about 1/3 of the way through it now and just finished reading about his encounters with Lions. Found it a bit difficult reading as there is a lot of death a the beginning and talking about culling, hopefully the next 2/3 will be a bit of a nicer read. Glad I have it now though and it is all part and parcel of nature and running a park :thumbs_up:
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Re: Bruce Bryden - A Game Ranger Remembers

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:36 am

Gary, I also found the beginningz difficult, as I really don't enjoy reading about shooting.

The next section of the book is much more interesting for someone like myself. I have read it a few times now and I always skip the first bit. He has such an insightful view of Kruger and it is worthwhile to continue. Sadly, he predicted the scourge of rhino poaching that we have today.
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