Satara Summer 2021 – The Lie Of The Land

While there’s no denying that the diversity and numbers of animal life of all descriptions steal the show in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, none of that would have been there if it wasn’t for the healthy Lowveld ecosystem sustaining it all. We were reminded again of this fact while exploring the Satara area of the Park during December 2021. From delicate plants to vast plains stretching as far as the eye can see, all of it forms an important piece in a wonderfully created and intricate jigsaw.

There’s a good reason why the opening sequence of Disney’s “The Lion King” features a rising sun. The symbolism aside, there’s very few things on this planet more beautiful or inspiring than an African sunrise. I am biased, I know.

The central sections of the Kruger National Park is characterised by relatively flat plains stretching to the horizon and dotted with Marula, Knobthorn and Leadwood trees, interspersed with only a few rocky outcrops.

Through these open plains flow a number of small streams, most of which have their source right here in the Park and are thus devoid of any human pollution and all eventually forming part of the greater Olifants and Nkomati River systems flowing towards the Indian Ocean – these are the arteries carrying the lifeblood of the Lowveld.

With sunlight, soil and water available the plants and fungi thrive in greater diversity than I can even comprehend.

What a privilege for us humans to be able to get a glimpse into this fascinating world in a place like the Kruger National Park.

A group of hikers and their ranger-guides encounter a small herd of elephant soon after starting their morning walk along the Sweni


13 thoughts on “Satara Summer 2021 – The Lie Of The Land

  1. Anne

    This is a marvellous overview of the KNP – well illustrated as always. My heart contracts at the sight of the Pride-of-de-Kaap flower which is symbolic of where I grew up. There is a bush in full bloom growing on a central island in a main street here which I ‘reach out’ to every time I pass it!

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      I can just imagine, Anne! The cultivated variety on sale here in our nurseries does not match the wild bloom in my opinion though. Next time I visit Skukuza’s nursery I’d rather get one there.

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  2. sustainabilitea

    Oh how I enjoyed this, especially reading about the pristine water. Your bias about African sunrises is difficult to refute given the beautiful photos you shared. 🙂 Beautiful flowers (I especially like the shot of the water lily) and fungus are often fascinating.

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