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.

About me

I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it’s proactive and there is positive intent behind it. Michael J. Fox

Call to action! When you are next in any of the three, iconic landscapes, please support local businesses by purchasing your goods and services from them. A directory of local businesses and nearest gate into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve http://www.sabisand.co.za can be found at http://www.pedproject.co.za

My work as a local economic development practitioner is very interesting and allows me to connect local businesses to opportunities offered by local markets. I am passionate about the well being of my family, I love the iconic landscapes in three of South Africa’s hot biodiversity spots, good food, beautiful things, positiveness and possibilities offered by longevity.

The colours, textures of small enterprises in the Iconic Bush. No. 3 in the Series on Small Business

Mabharule Youth in Action is a dance troupe of some 54 members and is run as a small enterprise that offers a cultural dance service to the lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The troupe also performs at weddings and cultural evets held in the villages.  The group consists of both young and adult members who get together after work and school to practice and perfect their dance moves.

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Through this business, the group members generate supplementary income and at the same time show case, preserve the dance and story telling culture of the Shangaan people. Another video can be viewed at this link Mabarhule Youth In Action

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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Rare sights, in the night

imageAhhhhh! the rewards of being in the iconic bush! Rare sightings! From my tent, I could hear this big male lion roaring from miles away. Finally, I got a night glimpse at his royal highness, with a night game range driver in pursuit. From my tent, it looked like this: