Survivors Discuss What It Takes to Walk ‘Through the Prides’

Episode 2: The Walk

They say it can take 24 hours to cross through Kruger National Park on foot—if you know the way. For some, it can take a week to reach South Africa—seven days of evading park authorities and unpredictable carnivores. Others never make it across.

In the second episode of Through the Prides, former walkers tell us what it takes to safely make it through the park. Meanwhile, Constance Nyathi’s fate is decided when she visits Home Affairs to apply for a permit to visit her ailing father in Mozambique.

About This Series

Through the Prides is a documentary web series funded by a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant that focuses on immigration through Kruger National Park in South Africa. For hundreds of years, Kruger has been a common migratory route for both South Africans and Mozambicans living along the park’s border. Immigration through the park increased dramatically in the ’70s and ’80s as Mozambique descended into civil war. Entire families were known to walk through the park, risking encounters with dangerous animals, to find safety in South Africa. Immigration has declined within the park since the end of the civil war as immigration laws changed and security has heightened in the park due to the threat of rhino poaching. Families remain separated by strictly enforced park borders, and some people still risk walking through Kruger in order to see their loved ones. Through the Prides focuses on one woman, Constance Nyathi, and her struggle to return to her family in Mozambique after crossing through the park illegally in 2008.

See All Through the Prides Episodes

Jaclyn Skurie and Madeleine May are a Young Explorer team documenting conflict between lions and Mozambican immigrants crossing the border into South Africa through Kruger National Park. Follow their project at www.throughtheprides.com.
  • Louis Olivier

    Touching. Professional effort on a very sensitive subject considering the current xenophobia outbreak in South Africa.

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