W&N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm
South African bushveld
Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Grey Lourie (Corythaixoides concolor),
There is nothing quite like the African bush, and no better place in the world for big game. But two of the animals that, for me, epitomise the South African Bushveld, are a Kudu ram and the ‘GoAway’ bird, the Grey Lourie.
The word ‘Bushveld’ originates from the Afrikaans word ‘bosveld’, which is composed of the words ‘bos’ meaning ‘bush’, and ‘veld’ meaning ‘field’. Bushveld is pronounced “bushfelt”. It has become a generic term to refer to the wild, open and unpopulated spaces of Sub-Saharan Africa, though nowadays it is more specifically used when referring to game reserves. The word ‘bush’ is a shortened version with the same meaning, and is a common term in other countries such as Australia.
It is worth noting that almost all of the so-called ‘wild’ areas in Southern Africa are actually managed areas. In this day and age, our reserves are restricted areas within boundaries, and they need to be managed as such in order to preserve the correct balance of the ecosystems within them. It is no longer possible to let wild animals run free across the continent and management plans are put in place to ensure these animals can live at peace in their natural environment without coming into conflict with the humans living in and around the reserves.
Our natural world is alive with beauty and wonder. It’s important for
our peace of mind and our enthusiasm for life to love the world we live in
and care for the earth and all living things.