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Books giving historical insight into Kruger.

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I have read a number of books that I found invaluable in providing insight into early Kruger, and/or a wider historical context of the birth and development of Kruger.

Kruger is in my mind a miracle. Kruger came to birth despite all odds. There was no grand plan, only a fumbling in the dark.

James Stevenson Hamilton's book, "South African Eden', gives an intimate and first hand account of the early days of this then fledgling Park. He call the Park, 'my Cinderella'. There are some very poignant passages when he realizes that his success means letting go of his creation. He laments that he was to let go of all control and Kruger will be developing according to very different rules.

Another book that is invaluable to understand early Kruger and the context of of the politics and history, is "Jane Carruthers', "Wildlife and Warfare.' She uses James Stevenson Hamilton's life and diaries to document a fascinating tale. Again, it demonstrates how Kruger was almost never born.

T.V. Bulpin provides an immensely readable early history of Transvaal history in his books, "Lost trails of the Transvaal', and "The ivory trail'. It is sometimes hard to read of the early hunters, but it provides a context for understanding the thinking of the period.

There have been many books written by game rangers, but there are two that have given me great insight form completely different eras.

The first is "Harry Wolhuter", "Memories of a Game Ranger'. Harry Wolhuter certainly knows how to spin a yarn. His firsthand account of his close escape with death from a lion attack sends shivers up the spine.

Bruce Brydon's book, "A game ranger remembers' brings a completely different era into focus. Again, one of the biggest scourges is poaching. Bruce Brydon predicts that *** poaching will one day be a problem in Kruger. His involvement in curbing elephant poaching is testament to how much dedication is involved.

A book that is most enjoyable and informative, is "Piet Meiring', "Kruger Park Saga.' This is from a period when science was seen to be vital in decision making. It was also an era when many mistakes were made and we can see how many decisions taken during this period had to be undone. Non the less, it is interesting to see some of the reasoning behind many decisions and the characters running the Park.

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Lovely thread thank you MM :D :thumbs_up: I love the history of the Kruger National Park and all those books that you have mentioned are treasures. I would like add "Neem uit die verlede" by Dr Pienaar. The book provides the most fascinating and interesting information regarding the Kruger National Park. I think the book has been translated into English but I am not sure what the title is. South African Eden is a most fascinating book.
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I love the history of Kruger Park. Certainly some books I need to get my hands on. Thanks MM.
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Grantmissy wrote:Lovely thread thank you MM :D :thumbs_up: I love the history of the Kruger National Park and all those books that you have mentioned are treasures. I would like add "Neem uit die verlede" by Dr Pienaar. The book provides the most fascinating and interesting information regarding the Kruger National Park. I think the book has been translated into English but I am not sure what the title is. South African Eden is a most fascinating book.


The English book by Dr Pienaar is "A cameo from the Past"
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Another excellent book is called 'Veldwagter' by Harry Kirkman. It is on par with the book by Wolhuter.
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This is also good reading.

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Pinos that set of books by Dr Salomon Joubert are brilliant. Thanks for providing the English title of the book "Neem uit die verlede"".
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Grantmissy wrote: I would like add "Neem uit die verlede" by Dr Pienaar.


Ordered mine. Can't wait to start reading it.
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Pinos it is a great book! Happy reading regarding the history of the Kruger National Park :thumbs_up:
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Also ordered T.V. Bulpin's Lost trails of the Transvaal
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Pinos you may also enjoy having the book “Kruger Portrait of a National Park by David Paynter and Wilf Nussey” in you collection (if you do not own the book already). This book is a wonderful celebration of the Kruger National Park.
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GM, Pinos, Rooies, thank you for your suggestions. :thumbs_up:

I am also going to add 'A Field Guide to the Historical sites in the Kruger National Park', by Ron Hopkins. It is self published. I bought my copy in Skukuza Park's shop and I am so happy the I did. It is immensely readable.

ISBN 978-0-620-57800-4.
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Cannot order those 2 books. Need to go to Kruger to get them.
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Pinos wrote:Cannot order those 2 books. Need to go to Kruger to get them.


Good luck. :thumbs_up:

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Yay... Received them today :D guess what my reading will be in Marakele in 2 weeks time....

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