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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Cape of Storms » Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:54 pm

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reg knott wrote:i also do the "finger wave" but keep a keen look out for Yellow ribbon vehicles then i do a "full" wave


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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:01 am

theuns&amanda wrote:but sadly I see that this is fading very fast..... so sad


Hopefully this Kruger custom will continue in the future as Kruger is a place where people should take it slow and be friendly towards each other :thumbs_up:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:35 pm

It is good to greet :yaya: your fellow friendly Kruger drivers and visitors in Kruger who:

• Do not drive and worm themselves in front of you when there is an interesting sighting
• Show you the good sightings that they see
• Are clearly interested in the nature and their surroundings
• Do not S-P-E-E-D
Share the road with others

I hope they - the 8) :) ones will get more and more and the :eviltreath: :evil: less aand less on the Kruger roads.

Many happy Kruger greetings to all :D
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby figjam » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:04 pm

JohanEngels wrote:My father has been doing this since I can remember. Me (now 28) also do it every time I an oncoming vehicle. I believe it is just good manners. But yes,,,,, you get some funny looks. :big_eyes:



I couldn't agree with you more Johan, been doing since I've been driving in the park. We're a community and should all take the time to saw howzit!
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby isinkwe » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:21 pm

Just come back from a weekend in the Kruger. Greeted plenty people driving by. Very little in return, but that is just their problem if they don't want to greet. I also take note of the car registration and check the reaction to a wave , after this weekend , I can safely say that FS (Free State) people are the most likely to greet back :clap: :clap: . And the worst----------Try it for yourselves :hmz:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Carol g » Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:34 pm

Isinkwe now you know why I'm so friendly, I'm from the FS :lol:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby klotzof » Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:47 pm

I always do. It drives my wife crazy. Not sure why

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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby kenzosan » Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:51 pm

It's Tradition!! I can remember as a child my folks doing it and I continue with it. I will also sometime stop folks to tell them about a lepi in the tree or something special down the road. Last year I flagged down a car - turned out to be German tourists- and they were so grateful that I told them about the lions. I wish more people would stop and "chat" :lol:

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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Leaping Lizards » Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:00 pm

I am a hand/Finger raiser. I am finding more and more people are not bothering and less and less people are stopping for a quick chat.

I possible reason for CA driver not to wave. Most genuine CA drives took a plane and infact are renting GP number plates and those who drove up are just tired after the long haul. It takes a day or 3 to recover your humour after a drive like that you know :lol:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Albert » Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:19 pm

My late dad always greeted other road users in the park, something that I just accepted as the done thing. However: some time during the latter years of my dad's life the tendency started for people to respond to the hand raised in greeting by lifting a finger from the steering wheel. His response to this was: if you can't be bothered to stir more than a finger to greet me, then don't bother at all. :evil:

I'm pretty much of the same opinion. I will wave. Just lifting a finger is, in my opinion, a bit insulting :lol:

I have found that people from the Western Cape (not CA cars specifically, those are probably mostly rentals) are quite prepared to greet (even stop and chat), particularly people from the Overberg (Caledon, Bredasdorp and the like). Also, the locals (MP) seem to be quite ready to stop and chat. Overall, in fact, very few people simply ignore you if you greet them.
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby isinkwe » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:25 pm

Seems like this thread has been brought back to life with the mention of number plates :D I hope I did not offend anyone. It was not my intention at all, merely an observation based purely on this past weekend from my own experience . On other trips I have noted that other provinces are just as friendly .

I learnt the "standard" Kruger greeting way back in the late 60's and early 70's , as mentioned before, it seems to be a tradition that has been carried down through generations , lets all try and keep the tradition alive.

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Morecat and I did quite a few Mexican Waves to passing cars this past weekend :lol: :lol: that created a response from most :clap: :lol: :lol: and I am sure put a smile on their faces , maybe :hmz: or we are just nuts :D
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Strandloper » Sun May 25, 2014 6:53 pm

Now that I read this thread I'm reminded that my dad also used to do this. It used to be the norm rather than the exception.

I'll try to remember to keep on with the tradition when I visit KNP next month. :hello:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Anja Barnard » Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:53 pm

My dad still does and so do we. Would be great to let the tradition live on.

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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby Albert » Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:38 am

I made a point of waving/greeting to all the cars approaching from the front during our week-long trip to Kruger in May.

I am happy to say that at least 90% of drivers responded in the expected (positive) fashion. I also had an old-school chat regarding sightings with three different individuals that I met on the road. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Raising a finger (not middle!) to cars coming towards yo

Unread postby normana53 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:11 am

Where I come from in the rural areas the raised finger is a regular occurrence, many times accompanied by a head nod. I do it out of habit, and always will, whether I get a response or not. It is something I do without even really thinking about it.
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