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While the humans are locked away in their homes, the animals have come out to play. Some of them have even taken up golf… but instead of swinging a club, they’re lounging around on the manicured greens…

Jean Rossouw, the Kruger Park’s Skukuza Golf Course superintendent, otherwise known as the ‘green keeper’ has been working hard to keep the course in tip top shape for when tourists return, but he’s having to navigate a few unusual obstacles.

A family of endangered wild dogs enjoyed some play time on one of the greens recently, while lions, and hyenas prowl around the holes and bunkers at dusk.


“Perfect playgroup”

Rossouw has been posting photos of the wildlife on the Kruger Park’s Twitter account:

“While many around the world have documented the return of wildlife to normally human occupied spaces during this lockdown, my experience while conducting my day to day duties on the golf course has been similar. Once people have vacated the space, the lush lawns and waterways provided by the course, has served as a perfect playgroup for a wealth of animals.

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“While working & doing my day to day duties, I have been fortunate to come across some truly breath-taking animal sightings. I have witnessed lions, herds of zebras (usually too shy to come to the course to drink), rare antelopes, & even the odd wild dog pack visiting the course.’

“Till the park is open again, please continue to enjoy your love for Kruger through our eyes with these pictures and short videos.”

Take a look at some of the sightings below: