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Leopard sleeps in a tree, Kruger 2007  Nikon D3x Digital
Leopard sleeps in a tree, Kruger 2007 Nikon D3x Digital

Zebras Kruger 2007 Nikon D3x Digital
Zebras Kruger 2007 Nikon D3x Digital

Screaming Ape 2007 Nikon D3x Digital
Screaming Ape 2007 Nikon D3x Digital

Service at the Ranch 2007 Nikon D3x Digital
Service at the Ranch 2007 Nikon D3x Digital

Elephants Kruger 2007 Nikon D3x Digital
Elephants Kruger 2007 Nikon D3x Digital

Paul, Jessica, Petronela & max Kruger 2007 Nikon D3x Digital
Paul, Jessica, Petronela & max Kruger 2007 Nikon D3x Digital

Full Circle and back to Africa



April 2007 I went back to South Africa taking my wife Petronela, daughter Jessica and son Maxwell. Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa in his forward to his book “The Bang Bang Club” published in 2000 is about the final days of Apartheid in the 1990’s and the photojournalists who covered it. Summed up in his opening paragraphs is the feeling of hopelessness I had for Southern Africa when I left in 1977, most people thought Southern Africa, under Apartheid, would surely dissolve into an awful bloodbath and a catastrophic race war. It did not, thanks to the wisdom and compassion of Nelson Mandela and revealing photojournalism by those photographers. The “Bang Bang” book is about their examples which showed the World what was right and what was wrong and how justice and common sense prevailed. In Kruger National Park we stayed in a black managed gaming camp who an Afrikaans friend warned was brilliantly situated but the service would not be good, 5 days later that wonderful friend said he had been badly mistaken, the service was also brilliant, the establishment, quality of food and level of service matched anywhere in the World. We went onto Cape Town where 30 years earlier on the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay where signs that said “Whites Only” now it is totally multi racial with blacks playing whites at volleyball whilst all races strolled on the beach. I am the first to admit that all is not perfect in Southern Africa but it is a stunningly positive transition from where they where 30 years ago. paulharris8@mac.com