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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 5:12 pm 
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Punda Maria.

Magical. My first night in the KNP was also one of the happiest and most content evenings of my life. We (my now husband and I) had a game drive on our own with the guide and came back and sat on the stoep of our cottage watching a violent (but silent, from where we were) electrical storm going on, with just the insect and frog noises as musical accompaniment. I'd never been anywhere "wild" before and really did not think that I was going to like it as I wasn't a great fan of wildlife programmes on telly etc. How wrong I was!


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Probably Pretoriuskop

I can't remember it was some 20 odd years ago. But my dad love PKop so it probbly was there.

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As a child we always stayed outside the park but my SO and I stayed at Lower Sabie in a 3 bed huttie for our first holiday together. We took enough kit to refloat the Titanic, and laid a blanket on the grass to stargaze. That was 11 years ago and here we are still giggling like teenagers at the thought of our next trip.

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That's great, BB, we are quite a bit more senior than you but still think we are teenagers and laugh a lot when we are in the park, it's amazing how young it makes you feel.
We also love to stargaze.
We used to take lots of kit but it seems to get less every visit, my toothbrush and a few changes of clothes seems enough these days

Oops, my first night was at Pretoriouskop and I've never stayed there in the 20 odd years since, perhaps I'm due a visit, you lot make me feel I should go back, but all that thatching grass puts me off.


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Love the story Bushbaby
@Stargazers. With my friends we always watch till the first one spots a satelite. A steady light traveling in a straight line.
Great to do. And then the first spotter gets his first Glen something

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With my hubby (those days still steady) in Skakuza where he and friends slept in sleeping bags on the grass and I slept in the car because the mozzies were "dive bombing us to get to our blood"

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We spend our first night in the Park at Croc Bridge in November 2003.
It was our second holiday to Southern Africa.
It was exciting to enter Kruger NP, we always dreamned about that .
We entered the park on a rainy day.
We saw a lot of animals on our way to the Camp.
A Leopard just a few hours after entering the Park for the first time we did not even dare to dream about that..
We arrived at Croc Bridge just half an hour before gates closing time.Did some shopping and got into our very comfy and nice hut.
I already decided back at home that I love to have a braai on our first night in Kruger.So I prepared everything for a decent barbie (although is was still raining).
I saw the sign "do not feed the animals" and I was thinking about monkeys (although we saw the leopard just hundred metres from the camps entrance),how niave I was I?.
Just after lighting the fire a Hyena just passed by the fence a few metres away , made me jump and I nearly got an heart attack.
At night we lay in bed and heard the hippos laughing for the first time ( still my favourite sound) .Excited like a child I nearly was not able to get to sleep.
That was when we finally fall in love with the African bush.
Croc Bridge will always be very special to us.

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That is special.
My first night in Kruger was as a child. About 8 years old. I can understand Dinkybird's experience. I was not enchanted
My first real night, the moment of falling in love was in Berg 'n Dal. Nothing special, just the silence and a moment of connection.

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Mine was at Satara. I can still remember the feeling of getting back to the bungalow after a very cold night drive and just getting warm again. And the next morning awakening to a flood from a nearby bungalow.


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It was in 1982, or thereabouts, at Pretoriuskop, in a caravan that we had borrowed and didnt know the first thing about, especially putting up the tent!!! That night a lion was roaring so loudly that the caravan was shaking, or maybe it was us. My Mom in law and kids needed to go to the ablution block but didn't dare as it sounded like the lion was right outside the tent. What a start to an addition that seems to grow stronger every time we visit.


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We stayed at Skukuza. I was 12. It was like nothing I had ever experienced. I remember my amazement at actually being able to SEE the Milky Way.

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We stayed at Punda Marie, enroute down from the then Rhodesia and Northern Rhodesia, having visited Vic Falls, the Zambabwe Ruins etc. I was about 14 yrs old. Never forget that my mothers bag with al 6 passports fell and landed on a ledge, anyway story ended happily.


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my first trip was late seventies and i was but a toddler...yet i still remember it was pretoriuskop and i wouldnt go in the ablutions cuz there were goggas everywhere.....
but it was love at first sight!!!!!!!!!!


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Nshawu Guest House in Olifants (December 1999). I got invited to stay there.
The view from the terrace is breathtaking!

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My SO and a friend toured SA for 3 weeks in 2001 and loved it. So much so that when we got together he wanted to show me. So we did the tour together in 2003 which included 4 days in Kruger. We entered by Paul Kruger gate and that first day I saw buffalo, giraffe, impala (of course), family group of elephants at a waterhole, hyena family complete with pups, martial eagle, crocs and hippos - I was hooked. This year we went back and had 7 nights in Kruger and now I'm addicted to the website, the forum and wildlife watching in general.


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