African Diaries

Season 1 Episode 10

Makenyane & Boekenhout Fontein

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 2004 on TVF International
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Makenyane & Boekenhout Fontein
There's an old saying that goes something like this; "A man is afraid three times: when he first sees a lion spoor; when he first hears a lion call; and when he first sees a lion when he's on foot." At Makenyane situated in South Africa's north-west province, even the elephants - the real kings of the jungle - respect lions. At Makenyane there is an important lion research project on the go and there is nothing like waking in the night to the call of a lion or a hyena shrieking to remind you that you are in a place of primal beauty. You watch and wonder at the gifts of Africa. Just beyond the Magaliesberg Mountains, near the ancient extinct volcano of the Pilanesberg, you will find Boekenhout Lodge. Built on the site of the old homestead of Paul Kruger, once president of the Transvaal Republic during the Second World War of Independence with Britain in 1899. Gnarled by past hardships , transcended and mutated into strength - some of this strength is visible in the old house, home of a family that loved the land and reveled in nature. Twenty seven thousand Afrikaners died in the war against the British; of those twenty two thousand were women and children. Now the animals have come back to the land around the Kruger house. The past is another country, they do things differently there?!?moreless

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