Author Archives: John Theunissen

What is the Truth about the Lydenburg Heads ?

By Dr. Cyril A. Hromník  On November 4, 2004, the UCT Chancellor Mrs. Graça Machel awarded a trophy of a metalic head to President Mbeki for his “Outstanding Leadership in Africa,” and in special recognition of his handling of the … Continue reading

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Watch out My China !

Beware ! The new Colonial Carpet-Baggers have arrived ! Without as much as a whisper the South African government allowed at least 400,000 Chinese to swamp the country during the past six years. Chinese migrants, mainly from the overpopulated Fujian … Continue reading

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Terrorist groups profiting from the poaching trade in Africa

Parts of Africa are facing an unprecedented threat from illegal poaching, with criminal organizations and terrorist groups seeking to profit from the growing demand for products such as ivory and rhino horn. There is evidence that terrorist organizations such as … Continue reading

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R255 Million Donated to Combat Rhino Poaching

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has donated R255 million (USD $23.7 million) to fund three-year initiative to combat rhino poaching in Kruger National Park and test anti-poaching tactics that can be applied in other regions of Africa. The donation was … Continue reading

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Trees in Rest Camps and at Picnic Sites in Kruger National Park. Part 8: Broad Pod Albizia

As you walk down the board walk at Lower Sabie rest camp you skirt a sturdy Broad Pod Albizia. They occur in most parts of Kruger but there are more in the southern part of Kruger; especially along the Sabie … Continue reading

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Trees in Rest Camps and at Picnic Sites in Kruger National Park. Part: 7 White Kirkia

White Kirkia or Seringa Witsering Kirkia acuminata The Bobbejaankrans Viewpoint is on the dust road more or less following the curves of the Timbavati River about 19km from Orpen Gate, on the alternative route to Satara Rest Camp. Relax while … Continue reading

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Trees in Rest Camps and at Picnic Sites in Kruger National Park. Part 6: White Stinkwood

White Stinkwood Witstinkhout Celtis africana The White Stinkwood must be one of the best known trees in South Africa. Ask any nurseryman for a fast growing tree for the Gauteng Highveld that is able to withstand frost, and the the … Continue reading

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Trees in Rest Camps and at Picnic Sites in Kruger National Park. Part: 5 The Wild Mango

Wild mango Wildemango Cordyla africana Wild Mangos occur naturally in the Kruger Park to the east of the rest camp Crocodile Bridge only. There happen to be Wild Mango trees in the Crocodile Bridge rest camp. One of them stands … Continue reading

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Trees at Rest Camps and at Picnic Sites in Kruger National Park. Part: 4 The Quinine Tree

Quinine Tree Kinaboom Rauvolfia caffra A magnificent Quinine tree stands in the Berg-en-Dal rest camp in the reception area between the retail shop and take-away restaurant. Its tall erect trunk can be admired as it towers above the surrounding buildings. … Continue reading

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Trees at Rest Camps and at Picnic Sites in Kruger. Part: 3 Statuesque Knob-Thorns Grace Berg-en-Dal

Knob-thorn Acacia Knoppiesdoring Acacia nigrescens Berg-en-Dal (hill and dale) is one of the best rest camps in the Kruger Park for trees. The camp was designed and laid out in such a way that as many big trees as possible … Continue reading

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