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Some Interesting Facts from the Good Old Days

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ndloti
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Re: Some Interesting Facts from the Good Old Days

Unread postby ndloti » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:22 pm

The mode of transport to wilderness trails in the early to mid 80's was Land Rover station wagons , the days before anything as outlandish as an open safari vehicle was allowed . The trails camps had showers that were fed by a dustbin which if you wanted warm water one had to fill with a bucket you filled from the central water boiler (ancient itsself) and then emptied into said dustbin after climbing up the ladder behind the shower unit . Todays showers have gas geysers , electronically ignited on top of it .
For the campfire a paltry few bags of exotic wood are supplied , which the last occasion I was on trail had to be fanned alive a number of times .
Even the tea and coffee kettles are gas heated .
While we understand the need for progress and the need to conserve wood , why do they not save energy by driving the trailists around a bit less , we were in the vehicle around 3 hours (excluding the time from the pick up point to the trails camp to get to where the walks started .)
... but those those were the days ...
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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