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The Wilderness Family: At Home with Africa's Wildlife Hardcover – 5 Feb 2001

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (5 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593046765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593046760
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 15.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,040,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kobie Kruger's fascinating, funny and moving account of life in the South African wilderness.

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When Kobie Kruger, her game-ranger husband and their three young daughters moved to one of the most isolated corners of the world - a remote ranger station in the Mahlangeni region of South Africa's vast Kruger National Park - she might have worried that she would become engulfed in loneliness and boredom.

But running a household and raising a family in a place where leopards, elephants, snakes, lions and the like are your only neighbours, where the only way of communicating with the outside world is a CB radio and where a trip to town involves first crossing a river full of hippos and crocodiles, was far from dull. And being a surrogate mother to a steady stream of orphaned wild animals meant that she rarely had a moment to herself.

When Kobie and her family, at peace in the lonely landscape of the north, were transferred to the relatively populated south after eleven years at Mahlangeri, Kobie wondered whether she would ever adapt. Eventually she acknowledged that their move had introduced her to other Edens, and had given her a store of precious memories. Foremost among these was raising Leo, an abandoned lion cub - a unique relationship with the king of beasts that brought her family equal measures of joy and sorrow. Kobie tackled each problem she encountered in her untamed environment with admirable resourcefulness. The Wilderness Family reflects her deep love of the wilderness and her respect for all its creatures, great and small.

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By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Kobie Kruger writes from the heart, drawing the reader into her wonderful world in the African wilds. There are some hair-raising encounters in the bush, and numerous touching tales. The story of their orphan-lion, Leo, moved me so much I wept. Reading about the Kruger family and the wild animals that they loved and cared for was an unforgettable and moving experience.
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A wonderful read especially for anyone who is an animal lover, or has visted the bush. The unpredicability of wild animals is protrayed in a simpathic manner, bringing emotions of laugher & tears. Her writing is relaxed and easy.
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After reading this book, which had me in tears a lot, it really confirmed what I want to do with my life. Everything that Kobie talked about, waking up to the Leo's big cuddles or having to deal with grumpy hippos had me laughing. Its strange to find a book that is basically a written copy of exactly how you want to live your life. Very well written, interesting and made me smile a lot!! The use of language en-captured the true sense of "Africa." I was utterly enthralled by it..
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By A Customer on 21 April 2002
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So refreshing to read an autobiography that contains such tenderness, warmth, humour and joy of life. The photos and line drawings are superb. This unforgettable family story is utterly absorbing, beautifully written, certainly one of the best books I have ever read.
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