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 Post subject: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:03 pm 
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I cannot remember anything about my first visit to the Kruger Park, being only eight years old at the time. I was told about it by my mother in later years, and how they experienced those visits. It was 1934-1935. My father died in 1936 and we did not go again until I bought my first motorcar in 1950, also the year of our marriage.
We regularly started visiting the park from about 1954, camping by means of a railway tarpaulin, one end fixed to a tree or to the car itself and the opposite end nailed to the ground, sleeping on the ground, army style, later acquiring wooden stretchers. Luckily we could afford tents and caravans as time moved on.
As can be imagined conditions were uncomfortable, hot and dusty.
The northern parts of Kruger were closed to tourists during the summer months, only Skukuza, Pretorius-Kop and Lower sabie were open to visitors.
We have seen a lot of changes since our early days, not all for the better.
Now living in Nelspruit we are fortunate to be able to still visit our beloved Kruger regularly and hope for good health to do so for some time still.


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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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Officially - 1982, as a 16 month old baby, thus I too recall nothing of that trip. However, the first trip that I can remember was as a 6yr old boy, in 1987. It was this trip that sparked a deep burning love for the KNP, that has been fulfilled every year since.

I take my 5yr old daughter to Lower Sabie in 10 days time, for her first visit. I really hope the experience imprints on her the way my first visit did on me.

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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Late May 2000 after the floods......and never dreamed I would ever come back!

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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First visit was I 1977, haven't stopped going back since then :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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Crested Val wrote:
Carol g wrote:
First visit was I 1977, haven't stopped going back since then :dance: :dance:


Beat you by a year!! :lol: :lol: :lol:


Well done :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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I was quite a late starter compared to you gals, enjoying my first trip to the park in 1981 and haven't looked back ever since, think it was love at first sight! 8)

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1974 - I was 2 years old.
Can't remember anything about that trip. :shock:

But it must have made a good impression


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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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It was in 1954 or thereabouts and we visited regularly every year for not less than three to four weeks. Can't remember that first visit, but do remember subsequent ones.


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About 1957 on a primary school tour We stayed at Malelane in big tents. Girls at Malelane and Boys at Skukuza !!!!

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1973 - Only 1 year old :think:

Since 1995 or thereabouts we try to visited regularly every year - sometimes :clap: 5 times a year :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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My first visit was as a 7 month old baby in 1977 . Since then it is almost a yearly visit to this piece of paradise.
Most with my dad who was a person who visited the park twice a year.


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Starting going in the 60's as a young child and always loved it. We used to go regularly as a family,
and once I got married I introduced my husband and then later my children to the Kruger.

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July 1966 was my first visit. It were the days when there were the huge communal fires at every camp. You did not braai at your bungalow, but took it to the communal fires where stories about the day's sightings were exchanged. No tarred roads then. During summer, the roads north of Letaba were closed.

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1968, in my mothers tummy!

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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First time I remember was in July of 1962.

Apparently I had been a couple of times before then...

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