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Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 3:59 pm 
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Embarrassed to admit that I never read "Jock of the bushveld" as a youngster. I did make it my mission to find and read a copy before my trip in July 2007.
This gave riseto an alteration in my planned trip and insted of entering at Melelane, we did so at Numbi and travelled the old voortrekker road. What a productive road. Saw things that I had never previously seen en route to Afsaal for brekkie.
It was a facinating journey down the road and eerie in a sence toknow that this was the route followed by Jock so may years ago.
Unforunately, the buzz and bustle of Afsaal put any idea of thinking about Jock at that time. I was more awed by the sign that warned us to be on the lookout for the resident leopard and I was so obsessed by possible leopard sighting that Jock quite ceased to exist in my mind.
I have to go back to Afsaal for a "Jock moment" .
Trying so hard to come up with any reason to go back. This seems as good as any. Brekkie at Afsaal having a Jock moment.
Thanks for putting this in perspective for me fellow 'mites.

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The leopard warning sign was put up just before you got there BH. One day spottie ran in and nicked the bacon off a skottel and raced away with the prize, never to be seen (probably recognised really) again!

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Plus the manager there is always happy to show us where the Skopsie is sitting that particular day.
So for us a big :thumbs_up:


I think everything, and everyone, has seasons! Especially when it's busy, I'm sure there are times when the stressed staff aren't at their most friendly. I work in a service industry and there are times when, even with the best intentions, it may be difficult to smile.

I personally have never had a problem with any of the staff at Afsaal. I always try and be pleasant first, because this often can elicit positive emotions in even a sad service provider.

Personally, I enjoy Afsaal (when it's quieter): this was the first place I saw blue waxbills and African firefinches, both cutely drinking from a pool of rain water. That "Skopsie", I must confess, is not always easy to find. Last time, I strained valiantly, but in vain. Eventually, one of the shop staff volunteered to show me where it was. It was a great sighting because, for once, it's eyes were open!

So, for me, Afsaal rocks ... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Afsaal Picnic Spot
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Afsaal is well know for it's pancakes. They really are lovely :thumbs_up:

Last time I was there I was stumbling around like a disorientated drunk trying to find Skopsie, (no, I was not a disorientated drunk :wink: ). I felt a tap on my shoulder and one of the cleaning staff kindly pointed me in the right direction.

Their coffee was also very good and for those who drink beer, I did see them selling draught beer from a keg.

In my beer drinking days I would have tried to empty the keg :lol: :lol:

Most importantly, the ablutions are spotless.

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 Post subject: Re: Afsaal Picnic Spot
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Hi to you all! :D

We were staying in Skukuza from 7 January 2009. On 9 January 2009 we stopped at Afsaal and saw "Skopsie". He was sitting in a tree on the left hand side of the main building. I took a photo of Skopsie:

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The photo is not very good due to the fact that Skopsie's tree was fenced off and I was not able to get close. My camera does not have a great zooming capability. :redface:

On 11 January 2009 we stopped at Afsaal again round about 06:00 on our way out of the Park to have another look at Skopsie. We were the only visitors there with everything still closed. On our way to Skopsie's tree we noticed leopard foot prints in the wet soil (It started to rain on
10 January)!! :big_eyes: We did not made it to Skopsie's tree but made a quick retread to the car!

Well, it could have been lion foot prints as well.


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It reminds me of the leopard which stole food from someones braai there in 2005 (?).... lets see if this posting stays around as long as the tourists did at the braai place that day .

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I did not take pictures of the litter during a recent visit, :twisted:

but here is one of Skopsie :D

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 Post subject: Re: Afsaal Picnic Spot
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The last time we saw the Scopsy was on the 19th of March 09..

Regarding Afsaal, all the times that we have been there it was clean. Maybe the responsible staff member were sick that day/week? I wish I could make hundreds of DO NOT LITTER!!!! boards and shove it up a few places. :roll:

We always choose the furthest table and although it is busy it is not to difficult to shut the whole world out. A herd of elephants passed us in the dry river and it was absolutely magic. They were so close to us that we could smell them, almost touch them!

We are in Kruger once a month and I have to say that we have never had a problem with loud or rude guests at Afsaal. Nkhuhlu's tables are placed closer together so you will always hear your neighbors conversation, but not at Afsaal.

After having the elephants so close to us I will certainly return there every time, even if it is just for the memory. :thumbs_up:


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Hi Dupacc :)

When did you see the Scopsie last? When I was at the picnic spot in August we were told that the rangers there have not seen him in a long while and were wondering if maybe he had died :( I hope not, the little guy really was lovely to see..


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We were there in August too and he was sitting in the tree with the rope around it. :lol:
He's perfectly ok. :thumbs_up:


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This might make you happy. Skopsie at our last visit on the way to the AAA challenge.

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this was thursday 12/11/09.

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Nice pic, MM :thumbs_up: - Always difficult getting a good pic of Scops as he often backlights himself (deliberately methinks). I'm still wondering if all Scops are so territorial that they barely move from their tree, regardless of the activity around there.

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I went once and did not see him at all. It must have been in one of his awol periods. I have usually seen him much higher in the tree. This time he was on a much lower branch.

I am sure that he must have a good food source with all the little rodents (meandering mice) attracted by the visitors crumbs. Probably doesn't have to work too hard at all.

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Scopsie is still alive and well ... I saw him clearly during December. :thumbs_up:

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Hi guys, as discussed here, let's start taking photos of picnic spots and bird hides to be put on the website.

Here are my photos of Afsaal, taken last Saturday (24 April).

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Front entrace, seen as you walk down from the parking lot. The people are standing by the entrance to the shop. To the right are the toilets and wash-up. To the left is the picnic area.

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The side of the main building, looking towards the toilets. The parking lot is seen on the right.

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Another shot of the side of the building, showing the entrance to the shops.

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View of the side of the building. Towards the right one can buy coffee. Towards the left one can buy food. (We didn't buy anything)

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Towards the far side of the picnic site.

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One of the thatched areas in the picnic site

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Another thatched area, with some of the picnic site.

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The picnic site seen from the corner of the main building (as if you're walking in from the parking lot)

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Part of the Tamboti forest of the picnic site, as seen from the parking lot (left side)

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