A Cameo from the Past

The Prehistory and Early History of the Kruger National Park

Tol Pienaar

The Kruger National Park is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Africa. A Cameo from the Past describes the long and sometimes challenging history of this iconic reserve in detail.
Date Published :
September 2012
Publisher :
Protea Boekhuis
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ISBN : 9781869191955

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A Cameo from the Past describes the long and sometimes challenging history of this iconic reserve in detail. The book looks at the events that led to the proclamation of the original Sabie Reserve in 1898 – one of the first conservation areas in the old Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. After the Anglo-Boer War, Colonel James Stevenson-Hamilton was tasked with running both the Sabie Reserve and the Shingwedzi Reserve (proclaimed in 1904). Stevenson-Hamilton, along with his small, yet dedicated, corps of rangers, protected and developed the reserve, and eventually, in 1926, the Kruger National Park was proclaimed – the biggest national park in South Africa. The author, supported by a team of experts, has lived and breathed the environment he writes about. Fascinating history in an unparalleled location.


"A Cameo From The Past by Pienaar is a large format, 750 page history of the Kruger National Park area. From pre-historic archeology through the stone age, the earliest days of black people moving in from the northeast, this area has been a rich source of wildlife, gold, and other natural resources that subsequent explorers, including mainly Portuguese, Dutch, and English, would covet, hunt, mine, and war over. This book is filled with photographs of settlers, miners, leaders, invaders, artifacts, maps, landscapes from Escarpment through the Lowveld, from the 1800's until present. The history is written in a very interesting, readable way that will grab the enthusiastic attention of historians, archeologists, geologists, travelers, naturalists, conservationists, and anyone interested in digging into the history of South Africa and Kruger National Park. The park was named for the President of South Africa who had been an avid hunter but in the 1880's became concerned that the amazing wild species of the Lowveld were being hunted nearly to extinction. It took many years of debate among the governing bodies to decide to set aside this precious land and preserve it from hunters so the animal species could roam naturally and repopulate their homeland. There are many benefactors who gave land, support, and work to make this beautiful park the Conservation Center it is today, preserving these species and the land for many future generations to enjoy. Their stories are told in detail in this excellent book. The book comes with several large maps in a folder at back."

- Bonnie Neely, Real Travel Adventures

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