About the author

I am an enterprise development facilitator and my work has taken me all over South Africa, to the metro poles, big towns, small towns and rural parts of the country. http://www.lifeintheiconicbush.com started when I became the project manager for an initiative aimed at developing rural small medium and micro enterprises from communities located along the border of the  Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga. The greater Bushbuckridge 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). 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 businesses, integral parts of the local eco-tourism and wild life economies.

http://www.lifeintheiconicbush.com documents my observations and experiences as I consistently interacted with people who live and work in the communities around the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, in particular small business owners working to make a living and managers and staff that operate and work in the many, world famous private game reserve and national park establishments dotted around the area.

Tired,humiliated lion

We spent the night at Jacana Camp, a privately owned, syndicated establishment (i.e not for hire but for exclusive use by syndicate members). An early morning game drive  in the http://Sabi Sand Game Reserve  exposed us to various wild life creatures. We came across this lonely lion, looking tired and gaunt. Our Game Ranger, Abel, explained that this lion had been involved in a fight the previous night with members of its pride. The lion was paying us a “no never mind”, which is why we were able to get close to him. He was tired and had not eaten (so we would have been easy prey if he had the energy).

IMG_2955The buffalo and elephants, on the other hand, welcomed the morning with much aplomb!

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Rhino Song collabo, Utah village,Bushbuckridge

The Buffelshoek Trust presents a collaborative effort between a local sory teller, based in the village of Utah, K.D. Mabunda and two musicians, Daniel Eppel fromEdible Audio Studios, Cape Town and Craig Charnock (Quite a White Ou).The Rhino song will help create awareness about this endangered species. Wach the promo video, check out the village of Utah  and listen to  a taste of traditional song infused with contemporary beats here https://vimeo.com/146610778