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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby dovidal » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:10 am

hi, i always seem to wake up before the alarm goes off,have a shower,prepare coffee,rusks,always early at the gate.its tradition to wark to the gate smell the fresh air,and then its start your enjine,with the coffee in you hand,i wish i was in kruger

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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:01 pm

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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby Stark » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:06 pm

Alarm goes off and I'm out of bed.

Tossing on clothes that I set aside the night before.

Waking whomever is with me. :)

Pack snacks and cameras in the car.

Pour whomever is with me into the car. :)

Make some instant coffee for the road.

Out the gate. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:20 pm

Travelling alone, there's not much planning to do, grab what I need, most importantly the camera, and if I forget something else, so be it!
I prefer watching the sunrise in the veld on my own when it's still quiet, than from inside a camp. Not always doable, but striving for it. After a few visits I do have targeted special areas near camps whereto I normally set off to to find that peace.

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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:23 pm

Up in the dark...........shower!! :big_eyes:
Make a (cafetiere) pot of coffee.
Out on the stoep to drink coffee and watch the start of sunrise, and watch the birds.
Make more coffee to put in a flask, and pack with biscuits...........sorry can't get the hang of rusks!! binocs and cameras.
Drive to nearest waterhole dam or river, and park and wait!!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:40 pm

A bit early on this annual BUMP Dinks :whistle:

I wake up before my alarm goes off, Snatching up my camera and spotlight I sit on my camping chair in the dark. Soaking up the last night sounds before first light. I close my eyes and try to hear the lions roar which will determine the route of the morning 8) I prepare my coffee flask and sit ready in my car at the gate anticipating opening time!!! :D
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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:58 am

We will probably want to start each day with a drive to a picnic site for breakfast. We are big cereal eaters for breakfast, so I wondered whether taking two rest-camp bowls to a picnic site would be ok? Or is there any crockery/cutlery at picnic sites?
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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby threedogs » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:08 am

I am sure it would be ok to take the bowls with you as long as they boomerang! :D No crockery/cutlery at picnic sites that I am aware of. If you feel guilty about removing said bowls perhaps you could buy a couple of camping ones at one of the shops in the park - I am certain you would find something suitable. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby tent dweller » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:36 am

I am up before the alarm,get dressed, light the gas cooker,boil kettle, wake up hubby and daughter, have tea while listening to the last of the night sounds and to all the new early morning sounds,after tea we go to the bathrooms then just to tidy up a bit and off we go as soon as the gate opens. We stay out till just before gate closing time.
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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby lion queen » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:44 am

Usually I'm up first.........pack the bag with the cooldrinks and snacks for the day........wake up the rest and have a cup of tea while they get ready.

Grab every thing, get in the car and wonder which road will we follow today........... :thumbs_up:
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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby gerharddb » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:23 am

Set my alarm for about 30mins before gate opening.
Snooze the alarm for 5 mins while Im just listinging to the sounds. Then I get myself out of bed and some clothes on..

Run to the ablutions to brush my teeth and wash my face and on the way back I stop to fill my coffee mug and then Im into the car. If theres somebody with me, I dont care if they are in the car or not by the time I leave. If they are not in they can stay in camp till I return.. :twisted:
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Re: Starting your Kruger day ....

Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:47 am

I'm usually up an hour to an hour-and-a-half before gate open (which sometimes means 3 o'clock in summer!), showering, having breakfast, and roaming the fence. I never bother with alarms - I plan the time to awake just before sinking into the Land of Nod the night before; and, whallah! Which means my brain is usually within a minute, or dead on, that time; the power of the mind to set its own clock is astounding!

I always used to queue up for gate-open in peak times, but that is mostly worse than being on the front row of a Formula One grid. At times like these, I usually wait 10 minutes before exiting and often have a sighting all to myself; it is mind boggling how many people speed past sightings in clear view without spotting them!

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Early mornings in the camp.

Unread postby Wildtuinman87 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:03 pm

As the last hoot of an eagle owl & the prrt of a little scops owl, make way for the almost indescribable array of bird calls to welcome the new day, kingfishers, francolins, doves, hadeda ibis, hornbills, etc, etc, the list goes on.

Finally the suns lukewarm rays welcome the break of dawn, the
air is crisp and the veld has a certain aroma, an aroma that leads one back time & again.

The new day under the sweltering African sun has come, for many a chance to spot an elusive predator or to remark at the abundance of prey!

But here comes my argument, is it not at times the smaller creatures and prolific birdlife in and around camp that leaves the fondest of memories with many a Kruger fanatic?

So on your next trip to the park, rather than joining the other weary travelers on an early morning game drive,

rather try this;
Grab your favourite bird guide and a pair of binoculars and stroll along the camps perimeter.

Return to a lovely cup of coffee and a rusk, after your stroll!

Take in what is so often forgotten
in the early morning rush,

After all isn't rushing what city life is all about!

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Re: Early morning in the camp

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:14 pm

I absolutely love getting up very early and going to stand outside on the veranda, preferably with a nice mug of coffee and just listening to the sounds and as the light slowly gets brighter seeing how the scenery changes and unfolds before you and the dawn chorus begins. Magical time of day. 8)
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Which is your favourite early morning camp?

Unread postby Wildtuinman87 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:16 pm

My all time favourite early morning camp has to be Sirheni, the vast array of birdlife and abundance of game (in & around) the camp is worthy of an early morning stroll along the

A chance to take in what nature has to offer, the sights, sounds & aromas of the African wilderness.

So which is your favourite?

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