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 Post subject: Re: Explain it for them...
Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:57 pm 
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A pilgramage back to nature, peace and tranquility. A place where I find peace for my soul, where I can recharge my batteries till the next visit.

Only four more sleeps :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

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In a way you can't explain it to them. Kruger touches your soul in a way that can't be defined in words.
How do you describe the sunset on the Olifants? Can't be done. Heaven...maybe comes close.

Last year I took my in-laws for the first time. They kept on asking what to expect and what it was like etc. My answer was wait and see. Didn't want to give them any preconcieved ideas. I just told them "wait and see, you will know when we get there".


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Micetta wrote:
Having joined this forum has opened a quite new world to me. This is not only about getting and giving information, it is a way of knowing people from all over the world, their weaknesses, their strength, their humours,
their feelings and above all their love for the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK.

It is amazing what strong feelings this park has awakened in all of you and the time you spend "talking" about all the aspects of "living" the park,
even if you are far, far away. Who knows I might become one of you after my visit in january. If I think of the time I am spending now on the forum, imagine what it is going to be like, when I know what you are all talking about!! :wink:


Micetta, do you remember writing this? :D Looks like you've come a long way since then!! :lol: :wink:

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:hmz: not easy.......
When I talk to my friends about SA, first of all I have to explain why every year we spend our holidays there........and I'm sure that they don't understand.
Then, speaking about Kruger....first of all to explain how big it is I tell how many hours it need to cross it from N to S. I say that it's all fenced and that is possible to sleep inside the park in camps that are like fenced areas with both tents and bungalows.
The a show my pictures and try to explain how it's wonderful to wake up early in the morning for try to see animals, have a drink in the sunset while preparing braai.
For me has been love at first sight and I put a lot of emphasys in my descriptions, but I often see a condescending smile .............. nedless to say the CANT'T understand and maybe try.
In the end I don't mind.....I've already booked for next August! :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Explain it for them...
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I have been home 48 hours from Kruger and reading this is bringing tears to my eyes and a lump in the throat. This was our second visit - I will be returning each year for the foreseeable future!
It is all of the above that everyone has mentioned for me too! My younger son (19yrs) has been to many parks in southern africa but had not been to Kruger - before our trip he lamented the fact that we wouldn't be going to Etosha. I just remained smug and assured him that he would love KNP. Of course I wasn't wrong....it only took about 24hrs and he was smitten!! He is now back home and trying to talk a friend into saving up to share his first independent trip to Africa - back to Kruger of course.
And I am already here on the website planning our visit next August and keeping the dream alive.

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3 dogs,

The 'other' park you entioned has killed the golden goose with its banning of self catering and hiking up camping prices.

SANParks are far better value.

Next time try Kgalagadi.

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 Post subject: Re: Explain it for them...
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Coming from the western part of the US i am used to wilderness areas and wide open spaces and so are many of my friends
I have been to remote parts of Alaska
And never have I seen the amount and variety of wildlife that i have seen in Kruger
So when people ask me what it is like, I answer- imagine you are are on a rural road anywhere in the US.
The road is good-tarred and smooth.
You are driving along and suddenly you see a giraffe,a pair of mating lions,a leopard walking along the road, a herd of 500 buffalo crossing the road, a herd of ellies on the road and browsing on the vegetation on the roadside
That is what it is like
Unlike anything you have ever seen before.
It is magical!

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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OWN, I totally agree - and can only point one to my forum thread to explain what Kruger is to my SO and I.
http://www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?style=2&f=78&t=56818

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I would try to explain the wide open spaces, the smell of the veldt after a thunder storm, the quietness, the majestic animals and the smell of Kruger thatch :)

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Three dogs, I am with you. My husband and I have been to most wilderness areas in the world and nothing matches Kruger. This year, for my 70th, we celebrated by taking our family of 10 to Kruger from Australia and now they can share our love of the area. They also, couldn't believe it. Sitting on the verandah of Franklin, watching giraffe, buffalo, hyena... drinking, and then the wonderful drives we did. We spent 3 weeks there and were sad to leave. It was our 6th trip there. Next year, the 7th and also Etosha, which I am sure won't match Kruger. Kruger certainly gets into one's blood. I hope Kruger doesn't change.


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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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Watching impalas grazing peacefully next to the road. Watching a herd of elephant approaching from afar against heavy dark blue storm clouds in summer. The peace, the quiet and the silence. That is just another few things that make the Kruger Park so special.

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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Watching impalas grazing peacefully next to the road. Watching a herd of elephant approaching from afar against heavy dark blue storm clouds in summer. The peace, the quiet and the silence. That is just another few things that make the Kruger Park so special.

The peace, the quiet and the silence.

I can only agree.

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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All I can say is that KRUGER ROCKS!!!

The Kruger is calling me back, I'm missing it already as I'm typing this message. At least I have only got 18 days to go.

I have been going to Kruger since I was a baby and I will never stop going.

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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I found the following piece about Kruger

And so the seasons pass in Kruger, each with its own accents, tones and colours, all contributing in perfect harmony to Nature's purpose; the continuation of the species.

While man wreaks havoc on the world around him, here, thanks to the care and dedication of its preservers, Nature holds dominion; here we can still observe and wonder at her marvellous ways and refresh our souls with her peace.


I think it is quite good.

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