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 Post subject: Re: Game Spotting Games
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:37 pm 
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We are also 'disturbed' l74. :evil: :roll:

When the children were quite young, and needed a bit of 'encouragement' I offered a 100g chocolate for the person to spot the first '????' of the day. This included the big 5, other predators and anything I deemed worthy. But......the winner had to share it. I would buy quite a stock and keep it in the cooler box.

Some days we would be nauseous by 7h30 and not feel like breakfast, and my stock would run out so I would have to replenish it. It was very competitive, and even my father joined in.

After an early trip. I was told 'we saw nothing today', so since then I have made animal and bird lists and they are completed when a sighting occurs. We have now been doing all this for more than 25 years, and I see no reason to become undisturbed. :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Game Spotting Games
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:lol:

The reason for us implementing this 'system' :lol: , is that my dad keeps on falling asleep and catching flies with his mouth. So now he's very scared of drinking stuff like Tonic Water. The irony is that he is now the best spotter in the car! :big_eyes:

I also want to add birds to our list this year, but the problem is that we are totally clueless when it comes to birding. We already have some of the bigger bird species such as Eagles, Vultures, Owl's etc. on there, but we want to start learning the smaller fellows as well ! :redface:

We also get quite competitive, sometimes there are major fights as to who gets the points. For example if we get to a viewing spot I usually drive past the 'entrance' and then rather enter at the 'exit' so that the viewing takes place on my side of the car! :twisted: :twisted: :whistle: :whistle:

I'm just glad to hear that there are other disturbed people out there! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Game Spotting Games
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We play exactly the same game Leopard and have been for many years. In fact my kids all grew up playing it and we cannot do Kruger without it.


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 Post subject: Re: Game Spotting Games
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We play that every day we start on a fresh list.
Who ever spots an animal rights it down.

You can only spot it once, so lets say baboon.
If I spot it I write it down. But if my dad spots it later during the day it doesn't count.

At the end of that day who ever spotted the most amount of animals gets a point.

Next day start over.

At the end who ever has the most points gets what ever he wants on the way home at any restaurant :)


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 Post subject: Re: Game Spotting Games
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Hi all we do the same thing however we give points to it and play cricket

We make 2 lists one for runs one for wickets and so we play. for example an Impale is 1 run and a Zebra is 2 runs etc a Lion is a six etc etc.

Wickets - Rhino, Or the less seen animals including snakes and some birds.

Normally the score is high :x before 10 wickets goes down but then the table turns and the badsman become the bowler. :dance:

Its great and before you know it the day is over and nobody was bored... 8)

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 Post subject: traveling in Kruger with young child
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Will be traveling with 3 year old child in eastern South Africa in late March into early April 2013.
After a stint at the beach near Durban, we wish to go to Kruger NP.
Are there certain activities that would not be recommended, or others specifically recommended with respect to traveling with such a young child and safety concerns.
Never having been to African game park, I would welcome any advice and I come with no point of reference or information.
Thank you all.


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 Post subject: Re: traveling in Kruger with young child
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Deon wrote:
A lot of your activities would be driving in the Park. Take the following in consideration:
1. Make sure to take a lot of fluid and refreshments along.
2. Also take some stuff with to keep the little one busy like animal books etc.
3. Make sure to take swimming gear with to let the little one enjou the swimming pools in the rest camps.
4. Monkeys are normally a problem in the Rest Camps, make sure to keep an eye on them as they tend to steel food etc. from the kids.
5. Try not to drive the whole day long as the kid will get very tired. Rather look at the map and make sure to stop at all the Rest Camps on your way. There are not a lot of camps.

Hope you will have a wonderfull visit to our beautiful country.


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 Post subject: Re: traveling in Kruger with young child
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Hi kimperato and a warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

Please do have a read Here for lots of great advice and info.
If there is anything further you need to know, please do ask.

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 Post subject: Re: traveling in Kruger with young child
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I'd also suggest you base yourself in one of the larger camps for several days.
That way you won't have to drive around too much and you can enjoy the camp surrounds together. Pretoriuskop has a lovely swimming pool and there are tame impala living in camp which makes it nice for kids. Skukuza might also be an option because there are plenty of short trips you can do around there and there's lots of activity.
Satara has a nice play area for kids near the pool too.
Children don't have the same appetite for long game drives so it's probably best to do things in small bites.


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 Post subject: Re: traveling in Kruger with young child
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After a stint at the beach near Durban, we wish to go to Kruger NP.


Be aware of the hot African sun, even in March/April, and put on sunscreen and cover up your child.

Without becoming neurotic, keep an eye on your child at all times. You will be visiting the African wilderness, and there are snakes, insects etc. Just remain alert, no need to panic.

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 Post subject: Re: traveling in Kruger with young child
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We've taken our daughter twice, at 2 and 3 years of age.
Even at three, she is only really interested in animals that are quite close to the car.
So, it has changed our driving style somewhat.
Less time looking for the rarer animals far off in the bush, more sitting alongside a herd of zebra talking with her about what the animals are doing.
We also ensure that we could get out of the car at picnic areas on a regular basis

We bought her a cheap set of small construction vehicles and plastic shovel.
She spent most evenings scraping little roads in the dirt/gravel outside each bungalow we visited.

Also, there is a zebra at Lower Sabie and a giraffe at Skukuza that small children can ride (for 2 rand the animal rocks back and forth, like the horse rides elsewhere).
Six months after our second trip my daughter still considers this the high point of her trip!

Think through the malaria issues, be aware of the monkeys and the child will have a great time.
We gave our child a stick to carry when playing around the camp and the vervets treated her with more caution when she had the stick in her hand.


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 Post subject: Vacation to Kruger in August - two children
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Hi,

My wife and I are visiting Kruger for two weeks in August this year. We have two children aged 5 and 7 and conscious that if we spend two weeks driving around Kruger without doing anything else, we may end up with two rather grumpy children !

We are staying at Talamati, Shimuwini, Orpen, Biyamiti and Berg en Dal. Appreciate that three of these are bushcamps and so facilities are minimal.

Any suggestions of things to do around the edge of Kruger, or in the bigger rest camps ? I recall from past visits that there is a great reptile park somewhere near Hoedspruit (?), and that also there is the Endangered Species Centre (also Hoedspruit).

Any other suggestions ?

Thanks for your help.

Terry


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 Post subject: Re: Vacation to Kruger in August - two children
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Hi tvivian and a warm welcome to the forum! :clap:

Please do have a read through Kids in Kruger and I am sure you will find a lot of great advice and info in there. :thumbs_up:

Enjoy your trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation to Kruger in August - two children
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We used to have three children all grown up now ..
Maybe buy them an animal colouring in book for when you are in camp.
Take a walk around the camps ( inside the fence of course) Letaba has a super hall with all the magnificent 7 tusks inside and the stories to go with them.
Buy the children each an inexpensive pair of binos !!! they will love that My two grandies ( then were 3 and 4) had great fun .. and of course a few animal books .
They love trying to identify the various birds, the then 4 year old knew more birds than I did .
Those outside places didn't exist when my children were small but any mites out there who do know them they must PM you .. I am sure your children will love it .
Oh and buy them each a torch and plenty of spare batteries .

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 Post subject: Re: Vacation to Kruger in August - two children
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Hugh,

Thanks for the tips. We shall go to Letaba for the Elephant Hall, and I have started a little shopping list here for bino's etc. I hadn't thought about a torch each, good idea.

Regards,

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