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The Wilderness Family

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,032 ratings  ·  75 reviews
When Kobie Krüger, 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 with loneliness and boredom. Yet, for Kobie and her family, the seventeen years spent in this ...more
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Published February 29th 2012 by Transworld Digital (first published 2001)
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Hanna
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love this book with all my heart. <3
PoachingFacts
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: naturalists, animal lovers, cat lovers, young people
(See our Further Reading section at the bottom of the review for more books like this!)

Its rare for a memoir about a family living a truly unique lifestyle to be so genuine in its telling and so accessible to readers who have never lived, and may not have ever visited or even imagined living, in one of the worlds most famous wildlife parks. But Kobie Krüger does a skillful job of creating a warm and vibrant depiction of the reality of the South African Lowveld in her familys memoir The
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Kimberly Fleming
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, nonfiction
The personal story of the wife of a park ranger in Kruger National Park in South Africa. This is actually two books that were combined and edited down into one for the American audience. Its virtually impossible to find the two original books; Mahlangeni & All Things Wild and Wonderful. If you can find them, read those instead- I feel they edited out too much in this book and added unnecessary information. Why do companies feel the need to dumb down books for the American audience? I hate ...more
Kolumbina
Annoyingly light book. Too light style of writing for this story.
Kathleen McRae
this was a simply written book by a lady who lived the events and recorded them as she felt about them at the time..Kobie Kruger and her husband Kobus were assigned to Mahlangeni ranger station in 1980 when Kobus became a park ranger in South Africa's Kruger National Park.The book is written almost as a diary recording of their days and it is interesting that even as recently as the 1980's the stereotyping of the female as being less capable.This book is about spirit and ingenuity and relying on ...more
Julie
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The lady I roomed with when I was on safari in Kenya brought along a copy of this to loan to me. I was a little put out having one more thing to pack in my already-too-heavy duffle while on safari, but when I got home and finally gave this book a shot...I then understood why she wanted me to read it.

I am infinitely fascinated with all things African. This book is about a park ranger in Kruger National Game Park in eastern South Africa. It's told from the perspective of his wife. The things a
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Irraya
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing. Kobie Kruger's stories are filled with humour, and made me laugh quite a bit while reading. It's a pity that this book isn't more popular or well known, because it's a brilliant read. It's one of those must-read books about African fauna.

Life within a national park, in the middle of nowhere, kilometres from civilisation has it's ups and downs. She described the ups beautifully. She described the downs with a huge sprinkling of humour. Oh, there's a snake in my garden? No
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Sue
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kobie and her husband Kobus spent seventeen years as game rangers in Kruger National Park. This recounts a number of their experiences during most of those years. Initially, they were at the remote Mahlangeni Post for eleven years. The transition to the more populated southern post at Crocodile Bridge had its challenges. Later they were posted at Pretorious Kop. Their three daughters grew up in the park living alongside the wildlife and learning how to interact. The second half of the book ...more
Joyce
My brother has been in Africa a couple of times and I love hearing and reading stories about Africa. It's such a mysterious and beautiful continent and I was really excited about reading this book. While reading the book, I actually felt like being in the wilderness myself. I wished I had their life, being surrounded by the beauty of all the wildlife every single day. Especially when they adopted Leo the lion. How great is it to raise a lion cub and prepare him for the life outside. After ...more
Jennifer
This was the last book I completed in 2012 and what a delight it was! Kobie Kruger brilliantly and warmly narrates her adventures living in the African bush with her game warden husband and three daughters. The writing and pacing is flawless and it is full of amazing stories (I especially loved all of the animal encounters tales). The stories she shares will alternately make you laugh, cry, hang on to the pages for dear life, and make you want to just give Kobie a big hug. I really, really liked ...more
Ann
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite books....enjoyable read.
Amy
Excellent memoir of a South African game warden family. You'll laugh and cry and long for an African experience like Kruger's. Five stars not because it's great literature but because I honestly loved sitting down to read this book!
Jazzy Lemon
What a wonderful, exceptional life - full of love and wild animals. Thank you for sharing Kobie!
Sudheera
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read so far - transports one directly onto the doorstep of the African bush. Reading this book is almost like living in Africa for a while.
Valerie
Jul 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ian
Recommended to Valerie by: Free Copy
Shelves: for-the-boys, africa
Sometimes it is better not to worry about the generator. Also don't get bitten by lions.
Sanhita
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gifted this book to myself on Christmas 2017 and started reading before the calendar changed it's page. It's about the long seventeen years spent by the author, wife of a Game Ranger in Kruger national park, in remote locations of the Park. With the company of her own family of three young daughters and her husband who has to out in the jungle for most of the time in a day, dogs and horses and a huge family of wild animals, with no newspaper, no telephone, not even a shop in the vicinity, one ...more
Joe Rodeck
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can't help but like Kobie Kruger as she shares her ranger experiences in Africa. It's always about the animals, not how great she and her family are. There are occasional shocks, doses of humor, and literary flair. I mostly like the zoology: the difference between a black rhino and a white rhino, don't get caught between a hippo and the river . . . . Very good at sharing the total experience, she delves into the hardships (malaria, injuries) not just the pleasantry.
As with any
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Larissa Mazelin
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alicia
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the setting and I think Kobie did an amazing job of sharing through words the beauty of the South African savanna. I also loved that her writing was very witty and she talked about animals as if they were communicating directly to her. I found it entertaining and often found myself laughing as I was reading. I now want to be the foster mother to genets, lions, warthogs, bantam chicks, and all manner of other African wildlife. If she had written another ...more
Erin
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
What an adventure into a life that is so very different from my own.... amazing stories - I don't always deal so well with the true circle of life so some of the stories were hard to read.... but overall I learned about animals I didn't know existed, learned more about animals I did know about, and marveled at the family's capability to remain calm and handle most situations with intelligence -- and the confidence this instilled in their girls -- wish their had been more photos!
Hanna
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book with all my heart. I first read it when I was 12 and since then I have read it 3 more times and it is still as wonderful and funny and exciting as it was the first time around. It captures the life of both a family and a lion and all the adventures they encounter in the huge national park. It is just perfect and always make me feel good. ♡
dawn fee
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Favorite!

I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating book, I didn't want it to end, and so appreciate how the author shared her experiences , her love for her family, the animals she shared her life with, her sincere respect, concern and appreciation for the wilderness and its wildlife. She also has a wonderful sense of humor. All in all a very touching memoir.

Zee
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I left my heart at Mahlangeni too, and with Kobie's family. Cried many times while reading this book. I love this book so much! When I was done reading, I was a mess. I died a little inside and found myself missing Leo so much.
Hannahh
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read! At first glance I thought this thick book would be hard to finish. But, no I loved it and found myself endeared to the family and their adventures. I read the 381 pages surprisingly fast and found myself sad to reach the end!
Izabela
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful! I laughed and I cried.
Jill Lucas
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A simple read, it was so fun to be transported to the African park this family lives and read about the wonderful and difficult times they've had. I just loved, loved, loved this book.
Kathy
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Kobie Kruger writes in a very straight forward style with humor and a deep love of animals and nature. I highly recommend this book.
Lilie
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having visited Kruger Park in South Africa, and loving wild animals, this is an amazing book to read. I laughed out loud a lot! Not to mention Leo the lion, best part of the book!
Naren Gunasekera
What an amazing and uplifting read!
Sen
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read. Although there is an overall arc to the story. It is definitely bits and pieces each chapter. A fun read for those that enjoy the wildlife reserve genre.
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