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Kruger National Park is one of the most sought-after wildlife destinations on the planet. It is home to a huge array of wildlife including the 'Big 5', cheetah, wild dog and much more. It is roughly the size of Wales and visited by people from all over the world who come to be a part of its magic. Like many wildlife reserves around the world, when the Kruger National Park was formed, thousands of people were displaced from their homes to make way for the protected area. Now, millions of people live alongside the parks boundaries, with very little opportunity to visit the park. Lack of transport, financial insecurity and a general disconnect to the park mean that many have never had the chance to visit. 

Connected Planet are working alongside Transfrontier Africa's Bushbabies environmental education programme, Koru Camp and the Bushbuck Ridge Hiking Club, to change that. We fund day trips into the Kruger and immersive environmental education camps for members of the local community to visit, learn about and connect with their wildlife heritage.

Programmes we have funded include the Bushbabies environmental camps; a series of Bushgrannies and Babies camps at Koru Camp; and a 4-day backpack trail through the heart of the Kruger National Park. Connected Planet have also sponsored a mini-bus for Nourish Eco Village to facilitate day trips into the Kruger.

By providing opportunities for communities to connect with the wildlife on the other side of the fence, as well as learn the importance of protecting it, we hope to find the next generation of Kruger conservationists. 


In 2023 we run our first ever Ndlovu community trail in the Kruger National Park, taking members of the local community on a 4-day trek along the mighty Olifants River. Accompanied by two amazing rangers, we were dropped off at point A, and picked up some 45km later at point B. Deep in the wilderness, there were no cars, no people, no signal or no facilities. We washed and drank from the river, and camped wherever the rangers thought was good. 

For the participants, it was their first time on foot in Kruger National Park, and for one, Terry, it was his first ever time in the park, an experience that will stay with him forever! The group were part of the Bushbuck Ridge Hiking club and they were able to have beautiful sightings of elephant, hyena, baboon, kudu and much more, whilst being immersed in complete nature. With the knowledge of our guides, Raperd and Patrick, the group learned lots about the Kruger National Park, its many ecosystems, and what it takes to conserve them. The trail will now be running annually, and we are proud to have the support of our new partners, The Trail Food Company, who will be providing delicious meals for the group throughout the trek.


The Bushgrannies and granddaughters programme has seen 40 local grannies and their grandchildren spend 3 nights at the beautiful Koru Camp. Here, they camped deep in the wild, learning all about the magic on their doorstep. Despite living next to the park for their whole lives, most had never ever seen an elephant before. These camps changed that and the grannies and their granddaughters went back to their communities with a new sense of connection to the wild. In communities where poaching is rife and the grannies have a lot of influence, the messages they bring back are vital for the long-term conservation of Africa's wildlife.

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