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Re: The Good (not ghastly) Guide to Good Kruger Manners

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:25 am

:) LQ

In Shingwedzi once there was a couple in the hut next to us in the old circle where all the hartebeest huts are and they looked a bit jumpy and nervous to me, they walked around the hut staring under the thatch when all of a sudden the gentleman sprinted of to the reception his wife/fiancé/companion told us that there was a huge king cobra snake under the thatch when the rangers came to remove the huge cobra they had some explaining to do that it was only wire mesh that keeps the thatch in order. The couple kept on shaking their heads. The explaining from the rangers did not help much because they remained jumpy and nervous looking the entire time they were in that hut.

eeeeekk on second thought :hmz: perhaps there was a MSC that they saw :doh: and it moved deeper into the thatch with all the commotion :| Anyway now no one will probaly know for certain.
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Re: The Good (not ghastly) Guide to Good Kruger Manners

Unread postby Dabchick » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:18 am

JeanniR wrote:So true GM! :thumbs_up:

Before going to KNP or any other park... familiarize yourself with the animals that can be found in the park. Once on a night drive in Kruger, a man kept on arguing with the ranger about a kudu and an eland being the same thing :? later on he also decided that a nyala was the female kudu :slap: and that a leopard is actually a tiger. :naughty: :naughty:



Being a kind person who always gives other people the benefit of the doubt (not) :whistle: :twisted: ... I'm now wondering... maybe he was joking? Or are there actually people who are that stupid? :big_eyes: :tongue:

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Unread postby PNF » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:27 am

Dabchick wrote: ... I'm now wondering... maybe he was joking? Or are there actually people who are that stupid? :big_eyes: :tongue:


Err, Yes! There are people who are that stupid...... :big_eyes:

Would love to give examples but daren't......................there are too many :roll: :big_eyes:
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Unread postby PetraJ » Thu Jan 30, 2014 1:59 pm

Just love all the posts so far. :clap:

But, on a serious note. If you are in a camp, for example Satara, you want to go for a swim, but you do not want to walk but rather drive to the pool, whether you are staying in the camping site or the fixed accommodation, please do not park on the grass in the shades of the trees near to the swimming pool.

There were so many people parking on the grass, where there is water restrictions going on and they desperately trying to get the grass growing, and after a few days, the grass was gone as well :cry:

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Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:46 am

PetraJ you are reminding me of that very hot day when we visited the Shingwedzi swimming pool around noon during one of our trips. Although it was hot some of the people in the pool was just half way in the water and some were sitting on the edge of the pool with just their feet moving slowly in the water - obviously they did not want to get wet on certain parts of their bodies as some of the ladies kept on feeling if their hair was still OK. All of a sudden a lady and her husband came through the gate of the swimming pool and completely ignoring everybody else the lady looked for an empty space in the pool, taking just a split second to identify the empty space and jumped in the water. In doing so the lady made quite a huge splash and wave of water which submerged the others who wished to remain dry from the shoulders upwards. She then immediately got out of the pool with the help of her husband, informing him that she is now cooled down and that he must hurry up because it was lunch time. Luckily we were sitting a bit further away from the pool and the piece of biltong that I was eating remained dry – the lady was eying it (the biltong) when she and her husband walked towards the gate still ignoring everybody else. At about 6 that late afternoon some soft rain started to fall over the Shingwedzi Camp which was nice after the hot day.
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Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:00 am

Grantmissy, I'm not sure whether to respond :lol: or :shock: ... :hmz:

That "lady" proved the Archimedes principle that the volume of water displaced by her submerging into it was equal to the volume of her body that displaced it. Obviously, with the amount of water displaced over everyone within range, one can deduce something about the mass that collided with the water. :wink: It always amazes me how many people are either selfish or ignorant of basic societal principles. At least your biltong was not doused in chlorine. :twisted:
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Unread postby hilda » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:34 pm

I have really enjoyed reading all these "real" stories! Very funny! :lol: :lol:
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Unread postby Afriphile » Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:54 pm

I have lost count of the times times that I have been told of wild dogs ahead only to see jackals or vice versa.
Once we were flagged down to be told of a den of bears ahead....needless to say they were hyenas.
The best was on a drive and the guide was getting frustrated with silly questions from one lady,so he asked her if she knew why giraffes had long necks? When she said she didn't know he said in a calm voice : it's so they can catch birds to eat!,,,,,,:
She was quiet for the rest of the drive until we stopped at the river side,then asked "won't those hippos eat those chimps (they were baboons) if they get too close!!!?
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Unread postby tent dweller » Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:03 pm

We stayed in the EH3 accommodation in December 2013 (never again, what a nightmare :shock: :shock: ) in Pretoriuskop, we had the end unit, our neighbours and the people next to them decided that they will not walk around the area where we were braaing and sitting, that they will walk right through. Every morning and night it was like playing a game of "dodging the neighbours walking through". Common sense tells me that when you see other people braaing/camping you just take a 2 second detour to go around them.
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:57 am

Afriphile wrote:"won't those hippos eat those chimps (they were baboons) if they get too close!!!?


:lol: I think some of those cheeky baboons of the Kruger will take exception if they are called Chimps because they know they are baboons, especially the more mischievous ones at the picnic spots :).

Some visitors really do not know the African animals of the Kruger and they therefore can become quite imaginative. :doh:

Afriphile wrote:a den of bears ahead....needless to say they were hyenas.
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue May 20, 2014 7:48 am

On our recent visit to Kruger we have encountered less litter on the roads than previous visits :clap: . Perhaps visitors are starting to realize that it is rude and and and to litter. I am glad we did not see one soiled baby nappy that was chucked out of the care window :thumbs_up: . Oh … road kill we did see :| . There was a dead hyena lying in the road that was cut in half between Letaba and Olifants Camp :( . Gruesome and disturbing sight it was :( - :evil: :sniper:. We encountered many friendly faces :D whilst travelling along the Kruger roads and most of those friendly faces were greeting us 8) . The visitors from the Free State in particular :D . They looked so relaxed. Maybe the Mielie crop was good this year :hmz: . The ones with the CA number plates were a bit reserved this time :hmz: … maybe it is the prospect of the upcoming winter rains down there in the Cape :roll: .
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Unread postby Carol g » Tue May 20, 2014 11:58 am

GM I'm pleased to see the Free State drivers were friendly, we aim to please :lol:
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Unread postby hilda » Tue May 20, 2014 1:30 pm

Glad to hear that there is less litter in the Park Grantmissy! It is always lovely to have smiles and greets from other visitors while driving around! :dance: :dance:

So sad about the Hyena though! :cry:
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Unread postby Hugh » Tue May 20, 2014 2:23 pm

GM those of us from the Cape may seem shy or aloof But how can we greet you until we have been properly introduced !!!!
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Unread postby Imax » Tue May 20, 2014 2:42 pm

Another park related:

We were up on Table Mountain, when a group of very loud (and from their comments, very "knowledgeable" foreign tourists passed by with their guide. From her body language it was very clear that the guide was quite fed up with this bunch.

We had a good snigger when they asked why the mountain rabbits has such small ears, but when one guy turned towards cape point and asked in a drawl if that was the southernmost tip of Africa, to which the guide responded very quickly and tartly “No, That’s 500km to the left, do you want your moneyback!”, we had to go laugh on the other side of the mountain.


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