Tropic of Capricorn, Kruger National Park, South Africa

NOVEMBER 2011 – A white 4×4 stands on the northern side of the Tropic of Capricorn point at the Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We had crossed the Tropic of Capricorn before. Five years before to be precise, in Namibia, thousands of kilometers away from where we were now, and the location looked vastly different. But despite being just an imaginary line, states seem to like the idea of making it physically visible.

At the Kruger National Park they even put a nice line of cobble stones into the asphalt and erected a small informative plate with further information. Yet, there was a scary warning next to the road, saying:


You may exit your vehicle at this point to view the information board and take photographs. Please note that you do so entirely at your own risk as there may be dangerous animals about that may pose the risk of personal injury or death.

The guest or day visitor and/or his/her/their estate hereby indemnifies South Africal National Parks against any claim, action, judgment, cost and/or expenses which may be made against South African National Parks and as may in any way be related to the above.

Warning Sign, Tropic of Capricorn, Kruger National Park (2011)

We had seen a similar warning at the Olifants Bridge and we were alert. More alert than on the bridge, because we were surrounded by trees and scrub where animals could easily hide, and we were easy prey.

We did not see any wild animals, fortunately.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time26-NOV-2011, 10:48
LocationKruger National Park, South Africa
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark III
LensCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/400 sec at f/16
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3888 x 2592 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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