by Alanie Botha-Austin

Rugania Game Park, South Africa

Rugania Game Park is situated between Rustenburg and Koster in South Africa. The image is of an oil painting I created of one of the old houses called Rooidakhuis in Afrikaans (red roof house) which is situated on the farm. The farm is set in a beautiful landscape in the bushveld. There are many animals on the game farm running free and the farm is food for the soul, where one can escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding trees, grasslands, mountains, dams and rivers and go on game drives and hikes and enjoy watching the animals roaming around. It is one of my favourite places to visit. As the population in South Africa is growing many natural spaces are lost and spaces like these are becoming more and more important. We are lucky to have many beautiful natural landscapes in South Africa, hopefully we will be able to keep gems such as this farm safe from developers to ensure the future enjoyment of the natural elements that our beautiful country provides.

Alanie Botha-Austin is a freelance graphic designer and visual artist based in South Africa. She works with mixed media including oil, watercolour, acrylic and gouache, as well as pencil, pen, and pastel.