I'm booked for Kruger 17-22 June: Skukuza (Golf, Morning Walk, Night-Drive)
When Winter arrives it's impossible to resist the Kruger Fever!
It's just in your blood!
Going for the 1st time without wife & kids (school) taking a stolen week..a change of place and a change of pace always leads to a change of perspective!
I'm struggling though with something that's hard for me to accept/admit..here goes:
been going to Kruger for 18 yrs (I'm 39) mostly camping, first wife and I alone, then with 3 small kiddies, sometimes bungalows.
Have always been a hardcore purist: as little human influence as possible, focus on conservation only, serious birding, no electricity, only camp, have done Park from South to North in one Trip, over years visited virtually all camps, done all the "classical" Kruger stuff...only went North to Letaba/Shingwedzi because South was " overpopulated" "busy" full of "plebs" etc.
My problem is because of small kids had to do the South and NOW I LOVE THE SOUTH!!
is a favourite camp now (Shingwedzi still # 1) because of the brilliant variety of roads around there...nice picnic places...easy access to Tshokwane, Afsaal area, Lower Sabie. Shorter drives, nice variety, always Big Five (and Wild Dogs/Cheetahs)
it but I like the busy vibe now instead of sitting under a tree with nothing to do! I get bored!
I want an Internet connection, Facebook, Twitter, E-Mail, Cell phone reception, Gym etc.
Where I draw the line though is watching "Molly & Wors" on DSTV in the campsite
I want easy access getting in/ getting out etc.
I read an article where one of Tourism Staff guys said these days people's expectations of Kruger has changed from sitting in a campsite/driving around the whole day in a car, being without modern technology etc (old school) and their expectations have changed to be more like mine: don't wanna sit in car the whole day/need exercise/good food in camp (even Steers/Spur)/need Internet/TV/ Gym and stuff for kids to do etc. (new)
My problem is I used to have an "old school" self-righteous chip on my shoulder, but I had to reluctantly admit I agree...either I have changed / times have changed!
It feels like I've "sold out"
I want to ask how have you re-invented your Kruger Experiences over the years?
Where do we draw the line between old/new?
Should we judge people who enjoy the Park differently fom us?
Where's the line between exclusive/inclusive?
What is the future??
I don't know many people who love Kruger as much as I do...the love is still there..just different!
Your thoughts are appreciated