Kruger Park is a very large wildlifepark in South Africa. The husband of Kobie Krüger gets a job as a ranger in this vast park. When he moves he is joined by his wife and children. They live in a remote corner of the park. They have to build a sturdy fence to keep the wild animals out of their plot and their house. Next to the house is a river with hippo’s.

When the daughters grow up and need more education the children spend the weekdays at boardingschool in the nearest town. There is a special hostel for children of rangers.

This book is a chain of events with animals, within the compound and outside the compund. But some people do feature in the book as well, other people who work at the park and visiting tourists.

In the second part of this book the main character is the lioncub, that was found. This royal Leo is raised by the Krüger family, even though they know the lion cannot stay in the park. For staffmembers it is forbidden to keep a wild animal as a pet. They search for a large area where Leo can live in the wild with other lions. That area is found in Zimbabwe. At this shelter Leo gets used to other lions and the Krügers can adjust to a life without Leo.

Kobie Krüger – The wilderness family (formerly: ‘Mahlangeni’ (1994) and ‘All things wild and wonderful’ (1996)) – 2001

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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