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 Post subject: Ghosts of the Kruger National Park
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:29 am 
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It's the third time in 4 years that I post this, the previous two times the topic got removed. Hopefully this time it will stay.

Ghosts of the Kruger National Park :twisted:


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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:41 am 
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Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.
Yikes! :shock:
Fortunately most of these places are completely taboo at midnight anyway! :lol:

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wow WTM, that is so interesting.

If there are ghosts, I am sure Kruger would have it's share. It's certainly a place of many a harsh tradgedy.

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Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.
I once looked at the old huts at Pretoriuskop and wondered whether they could speak, seems they do. I think I should pay it another visit, even if it's just for a night drive! :lol:

We once visited Masorini just before closing time. You get such a funny feeling when you enter the huts, like something crawling on your skin. Might be a good place to bypass after dark. :shock:

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JenB, my wife is very sensitive and open towards such feelings and as you would say, ghosts.

Whatever your beliefs are in life, there is no denying that such spiritual force's exists.

She also felt very nervous and sad when we were at the ruins, and she could def feel that something was there.

Just something I would like to share, when we were at LS about 3 years ago, my SO starting feeling very sad the one afternoon whilst sitting on our verandah.
She had this desire to go and have a quick nap.
About 30 minutes later she came crying out of the bungalow and obviously knowing her, I knew that she was visited by someone.
She told me that it was an old man and that he told her that his name was Andries Pretorius.
She could even describe what he looked like.
He apparently look like a 1800's boer, with the long white beard etc,
He even started praying to her in the way they did back then "Abba vader"....

Probably the reason she doesn't want to go back to LS :)

Anyway I can and do believe that there are souls that are all over the KNP, Just look at the history.


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I find the Pretoriuskop area very eerie, like I've explained earlier.

But apart from that I must say that I have to really convince myself to up and leave the tent in Punda during the "midnight need". :lol:

The hair on the back of my neck stand up when I walk around in that camp at night.

The same goes for Balule.

As for roads, no road gives me the same feeling as that of the stretch between Crook's corner and Pafuri picnic spot.
The Voortrekker road near Pretoriuskop perhaps comes closest.

The dog cemetery in Skukuza is another place with an eerie feeling.

The biggest fright I've ever had was 2 a.m. in Lower Sabie on one of my walking excursions.
Right next to the fence close to the restaurant I startled a dagga boy.
I dunno which of the two of us ran away fastest. :lol:

Maybe I should just stop pacing around the camps at night. :lol:


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Location: Johannesburg - where they cut down trees and name streets after them.
I also find Balule very eery but I think it's just because it's so darn dark! :shock:
I don't do nightly excursions unless I absolutely have to and then only with a good spotlight in hand.
More because I'm scared of meeting a ghost of the living kind! :lol:

.dan, I believe that there are many things in life we don't and will never understand and cannot be dismissed.
I love watching the late night "haunted" programs on TV and then I'm to scared to sleep with the lights off! :slap:
They should make a program on "Haunted KNP", that will knock my socks off! :shock:

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wildtuinman wrote:
If you have undertaken a night drive from Pretoriuskop you will now about the eerie "feeling" one gets when you drive thru that stretch of Silver Cluster leave "forest" just outside the gate. You constantly have that feeling that you are not alone and for some or other reason you just see "things" 15m into the "forest". :twisted: :twisted:

Think they called animals Oom :roll:

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The Makhahanje ruins referred to in the link can be visited on the Nyalaland trail .
There is a throne built of stone bricks, appearing similar manner to the walls at Thulamela and Mapungubwe .
We were told by a trails ranger who took us there in the late 1980's that legend has it that this Makhanje fellow would test his subjects loyalty by making his subjects drink a mixture of his excrement and milk and if they retched, they were executed by being pushed off the edge of the cliff in front of his throne .
It was said that when the first Europeans visited the site, human bones were visible at the foot of the hil, too many for the scavengers to dispose of.

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I also get an eerie feeling when in Pretoruiskop last year June.
I was too scared to walk from our cousin's hut to ours.
We stayed in the really old ones. :|

I also feel very spooky in Berg-en-Dal for some reason.
I just get the feeling that there is someone or something at my back.
You know the feeling you got when watching "The ghost and the darkness" well same thing here.

Voortrekker road is also bit spooky.
Even our cousin that went with us said his girlfriend didn't really had a good feeling at Jock's birthplace.
Maybe that Englishman is still hanging round.

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I love Rabelais hut.
I like to think that the Orpens can pop in every now and then to see how well the dream continues.
I also think that Hamilton Stevenson still goes to marvel at the beauty of his favourite view site.

I hope that these ghosts can see that their hard work and vision has indeed reaped rewards beyond comprehension.

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Only if you believe but there is somethings in nature that we can not explain. Like why the hairs on the back of our necks ten to raise up or that wired feeling in your stomach or when the room gets a littel cooler? :shock:

I think the best movie that explains it all is the Sixth Sense cause all us have some kind of a sixth sense. I do believe some souls refuse to rest as they need to hang on onto something alive.

Ghostly still....

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A few years back I was booked in at Letaba....after everyone had gone to bed i went for a walk, beer in hand as I usually do....i found a man sitting with his back to me facing the dry Letaba river...
as i got closer to him, he turned around and stood up,
I could not see any face at all....he mumbled something in Italian...faced the river again and walked slowly straight through the fence and melted into the night....

The thought leaves me cold to this day.
The next morning I went back to the same place and looked at the plaque...the name was in remembrance of an Italian gent who so loved that place it said....Ciao.


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On behalf of my s/o and I we both believe that Stevenson-hamilton likes to hang around where his memorial tablets are located.
We will never go to that spot again.
Let me tell you it was the quickest respects that we ever paid to anyone. :redface:


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I heard a 'story' about a ghost at Tshokwane.
A lady who worked/serviced the picnic site many years ago was walking from her hut (over the river, a few hundred metres behind the picnic spot early one morning on her way to work (Tsokwane) and was taken by a leopard.
She had a small child on her back at the time who was also killed.
They say that on some early mornings, you can hear faint singing in the river bed ('Tula Baba' - an african lullaby), supposed to be the lady singing to her dead child. :shock:

No matter if you believe it or not, it's a pretty chilling story! :shock: :shock:


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