I first discovered the magnificent Kruger National Park decades ago when I lived and worked in South Africa. The internationally-renowned park is a treasure store of African flora and fauna, one of the planet’s most important conservation areas. I just returned from another visit to Kruger, 12 days and nights. But South Africa is going through tough times, with many observers worried about the degradation of infrastructure and services in the country.
I have wondered if the problems might spill into South Africa National Parks, which runs all the country’s parks, including the Kruger. Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe ruined the once-lovely Hwange National Park in that country, and I hoped that wouldn’t be repeated in South Africa. My impression, based on the nearly two weeks I just spent in Kruger, is that so far that is not the case. To read my full report, click here and visit my Allen on Africa blog.