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 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park During the early 90's
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:30 am 
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I get the picture, thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park During the early 90's
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:55 am 
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I have a book called Kruger National Park - Questions & Answers, which I see I bought in Skukuza on November 17th, 1992. It is in parts a really amusing read, because it shows how times have changed.

Some examples:

Q: Young people would sometimes like to have some sort of entertainment. Is this possible?

A: The KNP was never meant to be a pleasure resort. One could well imagine what the effect would be if dancing and discotheques were allowed.

Q: Are certain people taken out at night?

A: This is rarely done, and such trips are restricted to scientists and radio or televions teams if they are able to convince the authorities of their bona fides. If such a service were offered to the public, everyone would want to go out, causing considerable disturbance to game.


Well, that was until somebody realized that offering such a service was a money spinner, from then on it was perfectly all right for everybody to go out and cause consideralbe disturbance to game!

Q: How much accommodation is available in the KNP?

A: It is limited to 3,250 beds and 1,500 day visitors


An interesting figure, as the theoretical maximum capacity thus was 3,250 + 1,500 x 365 = 1,773,750 visitors per annum. That figure is substantially higher than the actual number of visitors last season, and much higher than the 669,167 who visited in the '89/'90 season. On an annual basis, only 37% of capacity was utilized. Makes you wonder why guests had to book 12 months ahead, were limited in the lenght of stay, etc. The latter restrictions admittedly only did apply in the March/April and June/July school vacations.

Q: Why are staff at the huts often reluctant to help visitors with the washing of dishes or grilling of meat?

A. It is not part of their official duties. However, they can perform these tasks in their spare time if it does not interfere with their official duties.


Johan


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park During the early 90's
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Remember the ellie biltong in large quantities being sold in the shops
The people of "colour" had limited accommodation in huts away from the best area and balule was for Blacks only I am glad times have changed .
Thery still had radios in use in all the camps Crackling and wheezing away in the background at reception. "nothing was "on Line" then
Bookings were done either by visiting groenkloof or sending a letter .. and seldom in the school holidays did you get what you asked for .

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park During the early 90's
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The 2010/2011 SANParks annual report, reports as follows:

2009/2010 - 1429904 visitors 83.9% occupancy rate.
2010/2011 - 1386287 visitors 76.0% occupancy rate.

My experience was never that one had to book twelve months ahead, some visitors did but not because the had to, they did so immediately after returning home from a wonderful nature and spiritual experience.

I can speak of experience as I have been visiting the KNP since 1967.

Quite often one had to change your planned itinerary during school holidays or during the Easter week-end but we usually got accommodation up to six months ahead during the mentioned periods and this was not because we had a contact. Outside the mentioned periods accommodation was available even at the "drop of a hat" opportunity. Even if we had make a visit to or phone the old National parks Board Head Office in the SANLAM Building situated in I think on the corner of Andries and Pretorius Street, Pretoria. It was just wonderful leaving with a blue hand written reservation in your hand and then preparations would start . . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park During the early 90's
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This was definately pre-90's so please forigve me, but if I don't ask now I will forget. Seeing that we have people with a wealth of information posting here: :thumbs_up:
I think my dad had some sort of a season ticket, as we used to go to the game reserve just about every weekend!! :big_eyes: This was in the late 60's and 70's. Did season tickets exist, or was it a form of a Wild Card.
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I knew you guys would be filled with wonderful information and I appreciate every bit of it.
I was asked about my books.
The first is "Domestic Departures - A Midlife Crisis Safari".
The second is "Traveling Africa - A Women's Guide".
The first is in print on Amazon as well as on all e-readers and apps.
The second is only on e-readers and apps.
The one I am working on is my first fiction; working title Serenity.
And as I mentioned, much of it takes place in South Africa including Knysna and Kruger but also Botswana. So I am researching Botswana in the early 90's as well.
Should anyone have any information to share on that please private message me and I will give you my email address.

I also have a ton of stories of Africa posted on my blog site which is travelingafrica.blogspot.com

I can't wait to continue reading all of the great posts.

Thank you tons!
Dana


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park During the early 90's
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I am not sure when the booking system was changed (maybe late 80s or early 90s), but I remember that for July school holidays you had to send in your booking choice before end July. During August you would get a reply as to whether you got what you asked for, or the best available, or nothing.


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In December 1934 the Board approved season tickets at the cost of two pounds which entitled the holder, spouse and three friends to free entry, but provided no concession for the use of pontoons or rest camps. This system was later cancelled.

Season tickets were reintroduced in May 1947.

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Hmmmm.. The sounds of a Mbira in late afternoon announcing opening of the restaurant for the evening session :)

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Out the depths of my soul I wish for the Kruger of yesteryear.

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KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.


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Ndloti :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park During the early 90's
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Amen, Ndloti!


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ndloti wrote:
Out the depths of my soul I wish for the Kruger of yesteryear.


With all due respect to you ndloti, I don't because I could only stay in cordoned off areas in Skukuza and Lower Sabie. After gates closed we could not even walk to the shop as we were fenced in. We were restricted to 5 huts in Letaba and 3 in LS. We had to book a year in advance and pray :pray: as we could only go in the December school holidays.

So therefore I do not wish for yesteryear :thumbs_up:


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The 90's.. wow these were times of unbelievable uncertainty.

I remember watching the release of Nelson Mandela, not knowing who this man was. Was he a man of peace, a gaint among men? Was he a man of revenge? Would he sew division or hope?

After the changeover of government, there were many management changes in Sanparks. Again, Bruce Brydon give some sense of perspective. Obviously, this was watched with concern.

The dropping of segregation happened quickly, but unfortunately attitudes were not so quick to change.

All change brings chaos. Kruger was no different. At the beginning of the nineties, you were greeted by uniformed white faces. By the end of the ninties, these were black. Naturaly, there were divided feelings.

When I drive to Kruger now, the squalid shanties have mostly gone. Sadly, there are still many funerals. AIDS is still alive and well.

This was also the beginning of the implementation of lands claims. This also sparked a lot of fear. Kruger, due to its history, was facing many claims.

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gmlsmit wrote:
In December 1934 the Board approved season tickets at the cost of two pounds which entitled the holder, spouse and three friends to free entry, but provided no concession for the use of pontoons or rest camps. This system was later cancelled.

Season tickets were reintroduced in May 1947.

Thank you for this gml :thumbs_up:


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