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 Post subject: Re: Observations over 50 years ....
Unread postPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:56 am 
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I can remember being in the park in the early 50,s but it was a school tour so we only travelled from Malelane where we were in tented accommodation to Skukuza and back . Can remember the shop there which was covered with bouganvilla ( long gone) In the shop you could buy a few souveniers and mixed pickles , condensed milk , sardines , Marie biscuits and a few tinned items.and that ghastly sterised milk in bottles .
in 1970 while on honeymoon we entered in the South and stayed at LS, Skukuza , had a picnic at Gorge ( what a view) and stayed at letaba, they still had coir matresses and a huge communal fire .
It was now the 1st May and we travelled up to Shing.. we were the first on the road for the season ... We had a heros welcome at Shing as we were the first to arrive.. we only had tea there then travelled up to Punda . The road up was sandy and narrow and ellies were in abundance..
Dont ask how many times weve been back since then !!!

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 Post subject: Re: Observations over 50 years ....
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Lovely memories Hugh, especially the tea at Shing. What on earth did they give you for travelling all the way to Punda?

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 Post subject: Re: Observations over 50 years ....
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You know I cant remember Saraf It was a L O N G time ago though I do have a map that we marked for the trip and also a cine .. but haven't looked at it in years .. Somewhere in the bottom of the real Hughs stuff.. dont ask about that now !!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Observations over 50 years ....
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:thumbs_up: Nsmnsi

You should visit more often then the changes will not be that obvious. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Observations over 50 years ....
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I don't remember the signposts nsmnsi, but I do remember that eles were not too common in the south and we sometimes had a trip without seeing any. We always saw lions, even belatedly as my mother relieved herself alfresco, but we never saw any other cats in the 1950s.

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Great memories, all. :)

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