Stories Of The Kruger | About The Stories | Aimee, Gareth And Adrian
About Stories Of The Kruger
Stories Of The Kruger was founded on the basis of our love for the Kruger National. We wanted to give Kruger lovers something completely different… Our personal experience. We have worked on our other website, thekruger.com, which speaks about my fathers trip and provides all the information you may need to know about The Kruger.
Now, what about us? As mentioned above, we want this to be personal, so everyone can relate to this website.
My name is Gareth Roocroft, and I have been going to The Kruger Park since I was 8 or 9 I think. The first thing I ever remember about the Park was when my Aunt and Uncle from the UK came out on holiday for a few weeks. We stayed at Skukuza, where I saw my first ever Banded Mongoose. Amazing creatures.
My first trip was something very special, besides the Warthog and Banded Mongoose in the camp, I can’t remember much. What I do remember is coming in through the Paul Kruger Gate, and… There were Wild Dogs sitting in the road! Looking back on it now, this was an amazing sighting. I have only seen Wild Dogs stationery three times since then (At the time of writing this).
I carried on going to the Kruger National Park at least once a year, to this day.
I met the love of my life in 2008, and she absolutely loves the Kruger. I was actually going to propose to her at the Nkumbe lookout point.
Now more about the things I love most about the Kruger.
My favourite animal is a Caracal (Only seen once in my life). I also love Bushbuck.
My favourite part of the Kruger is the north. Punda Maria is my favourite rest camp. This could also be because I love birding and bird watching. I have so many favourite birds… In order (I will just mention a few):
- Narina Trogon
- Eastern Black-headed Oriole
- Woodland Kingfisher
- Cinnamon-breasted Bunting
- African Barred Owlet
- Scops Owl
- Double-banded Sandgrouse
- Thick-billed Weaver
- Great Spotted Cuckoo
- Red-billed Buffalo Weaver
My favourite reptiles are the Rainbow Skink, Giant Plated Lizard and the Western-stripe-bellied Sand-snake.
When it comes to the sounds of the night, the amazing Kruger nights, there are so many to choose from. Lions roaring, I think are everyone’s favourite nighttime noise. Black-backed Jackal, Spotted Hyaena, Fiery-necked Nightjar and the Scops Owl are also amazing things to hear.
My name is Aimee-Claire Roocroft, and I am an avid lover of the Kruger National Park and all that it offers.
I first started going to the park in 2009 with my incredible husband, Gareth. And let’s just say, that is where my love affair with the bush began.
I am also an Early Childhood educator and love incorporating what I have witnessed or learnt from the Park into my lesson plans. My ultimate goal regarding this site is to get more of the younger generation interested in the park and to be more aware of what we can all do to help with the conservation of our wildlife and national Parks.
Some of my favourites about the park are:
- My favourite animal is the African elephant, I am in awe every time we spot one. Their family unity and their deep connection to each other is incredibly heart-warming.
- My favourite bird is probably the Lilac-Breasted Roller, I just love their beautiful colours.
- My favourite reptiles are the Nile Crocodile and all snakes, especially the African Rock Python (which I am still to see in the Park).
I don’t have a favourite part of the park, but I do enjoy the North (Punda Maria side) as it tends to be a bit more tranquil and quiet.
That’s pretty much me in a nutshell.
I hope you all enjoy the site and hopefully the site will inspire you all to book your next trip to the park ASAP 😊
My name is Adrian Pearce and I am an avid lover of all things that involve nature. Growing up I never had the opportunity to visit the Kruger National Park, but have visited numerous other smaller Park and Reserves.
Admittedly my passion for nature was dormant for many years, but was rekindled when I met up with my now best friend, Gareth Roocroft. He has opened my eyes and put fuel to my passion for nature once more.
I still haven’t visited the Kruger at the time of writing this (April 2018), but I have already fallen in love with its beauty and can’t wait for my first trip to happen.
In terms of what I do for Stories Of The Kruger, I am a social media specialist and graphic designer, and I use what I know to make the most beautiful place in the world available to everyone. The Kruger, I feel, will one day be my special place.
So that’s us! All you need to know About Stories Of The Kruger. Our passion and love for the Park grows stronger and stronger during every visit. We hope you enjoy reading our stories, and please do not hesitate to give us a shout for any questions you may have.
Enjoy the Park!
Aimee, Gareth & Adrian