I live in an urban area. My work has taken me all over South Africa, to the metropoles, big towns, small towns and rural parts of the country. Even though I have worked in the Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga area before, it is over the past year that I have consistently visited the area and interacted with people who live and work in the area. The community members from villages that make up Bushbuckridge; small business owners working to make a living; managers and staff that operate and work in the many and world famous private game reserves dotted around the area. I have also sampled, more than once, the sights and sounds of the #Kruger National Park, often feeling that I am on the edge of neighbouring #Mozambique.
The greater Kruger area is commonly referred to as “the bush” or “e bush” by the local people. I refer to it as “the iconic bush” as it is a truly unique and special place in South Africa, home to the world famous Kruger National Park and the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo). Bordering the national park are a number of world famous private game reserves offering luxury accommodation and game drives (a.k.a. as Safaris). Because of this, the area attracts a great number of first time and return visitors from all over the world, making travel, accommodation, wild life, people and small enterprises, integral parts of the local Eco-tourism and wild life economies.