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 Post subject: Re: What's it like to live in Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:37 am 
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Having just a little bit more insight than the average in the back room workings of SANParks and some other lodge type establishments, I want to confirm what has been said.

There is an enormous difference between working and having a vacation in a place!

The ecotourism industry is one of the hardest industries to make a living in over the long term.

Lets always treat the personnel with the necessary respect and understanding.


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 Post subject: Re: What's it like to live in Kruger?
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Yes indeed, theuns, we had a few good times.
There are quite a few non tourist places in the park, which is obviously for the benefit of staff only. The great thing about using these, is that you are guaranteed to hear nothing but the bush when you use them, because normally they are hidden away somewhere. One such place was doispan. It used to be a house with 2 rooms, kitchen and bathroom. Before you could use it, you should first pump water, via the old lister. For those that do not know what a lister is: its a small pump driven by diesel. To get it started, you have to swing the handle, which you also have to grab off the pump as it starts. Which means you have to be awake and sharp.
There is no fence, although there is a small picket fence on the one side of the braai. A cement dam and crip completes the picture a few metres away from the stoep.
In skukuza, there is another place, situated on the sabie. And then a place here and there. I havent stayed at many places, but the ones that i have, was some of the best in the park. We were surrounded by lion and elle on different occasions at the one, buffalo at the other and watched by leopard at same place. At another where we just drove to, we saw 11 or 12 rhino together. (A forumite and his brother joined us.)
But even my house in skukuza is special. Saw a porcupine again there the other night when i visited my family. And elle a few metres from the fence

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 Post subject: Re: What's it like to live in Kruger?
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A typical Kruger Lister diesel motor and pump .

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 Post subject: Re: What's it like to live in Kruger?
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Before you could use it, you should first pump water, via the old lister. For those that do not know what a lister is: its a small pump driven by diesel. To get it started, you have to swing the handle, which you also have to grab off the pump as it starts. Which means you have to be awake and sharp.
There is no fence, although there is a small picket fence on the one side of the braai. A cement dam and crip completes the picture a few metres away from the stoep.


:) Sounds peaceful and tranquil. I guess the Kruger experience is quite different for guests who visit Kruger from time to time as it is for people living in Kruger. A great priviledge I think. Some great stories here :thumbs_up:

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