Skip to Content

Old Kruger park Stories

User avatar
SilverSpur
Posts: 71
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:10 pm
Location: Secunda

Lions PIC at Skukuza

Unread postby SilverSpur » Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:46 pm

Can someone recall the big old poster that used to be in the Skukuza Cafeteria. There were some cubs drinking water.

I reckon about 4 or more meters by 1.5 or so.

Wonder what happened to it?

ValandJoe
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:45 pm
Location: Durban

is it a funny story, or sad?

Unread postby ValandJoe » Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:59 pm

We just recently moved (downscaled) into a smaller home now that the kids have left. We discovered during the clean up operation, a KNP invoice for a 2 week holiday over easter school holiday for my parents and myself and sister. The total bill was R1.65. Is this possible. Ok, they date was 1961. What on earth is happening to our money??!!

User avatar
Imberbe
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Posts: 14455
Joined: Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:28 am
Location: Pretoria, RSA

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:25 pm

I still remember that there were a "fliek" (film) each night, and everybody gathered to watch. I think it still happens some evenings at a few camps, but it is no longer inherently part of the character of going to the park.

Also, everyone greeted each other when driving past. I still do ... which causes some interesting reactions!
Imberbe = Combretum imberbe = Leadwood = Hardekool = The spirit of the Wildernis!

Want to know more about the SANParks Honorary Rangers? Visit www.sanparksvolunteers.org


One positive deed is worth more than a thousand critical words.

User avatar
SilverSpur
Posts: 71
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:10 pm
Location: Secunda

KNP Movies

Unread postby SilverSpur » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:23 am

For us the main event in the evening as kids was the movie. We could not wait for 8PM for the movie to start.

It was great stuff.

Can you guys remember the old Skukuza Shop layout and reception.

Where the post office was to the left there used to be pictures of animals against the wall that was made of small pieces of tiles if I am correct. Then the reception to the left and then the shop.

I can remember the train when it went through the park. It used to make a hellova noise.

Up to the late 80's you could still see some of the tracks on the Skukuza/Pretoriuskop road.

User avatar
ndloti
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4958
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:45 pm
Location: southern gauteng

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:41 pm

Skukuza reception was roughly where the right hand side of the shop is , and to the right of it Volkskas bank was housed in 2 rondawels . (circa 1984)
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.

User avatar
Mike1916
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 1500
Joined: Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:43 pm
Location: Sungulwane Hills Game Lodge, Hluhluwe

Unread postby Mike1916 » Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:01 pm

I dont actually remember this but....my mom always talks about how in the old kruger animals frequently came into the camp!!!!

Also how there was no electricity they used pariffin lamps and gas ones aswel....those must have been the best times to be in kruger....almost at one with nature!
Sustainability is not something we do in addition to..........., it is about the manner in which we do everything

User avatar
Meandering Mouse
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
FAC Member (2013)
Posts: 15375
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Location: meandering between senility and menopause

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:16 am

There was nothing like the hiss of the parrifin lamp.

I loved to watch the golden colour as it lit up and the excitement of the approaching dark.
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

User avatar
Bush Baptist
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9943
Award: Funniest/Best Forumite Name (2013)
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:14 am

Animals STILL come into camps Mike, in the last few years, we have seen civet & genet in Biyamiti, bushbuck in Letaba, impala in Pkop, AWC in Tamboti (where there is also honey badger - and in Satara - and an elephant got in and had to me chased out), BBJ in Nossob & Twee Rivieren (where a lioness thought the forecourt of the garage was a nice place to sun herself), and a year or so a leopard was shot in Letaba.
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".

ValandJoe
Posts: 3
Joined: Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:45 pm
Location: Durban

this really does go back a while

Unread postby ValandJoe » Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:56 pm

I see ther are lots of 'oldies' on this site! Does ANYONE remember a resort called SHLARALUMI. what happened to it? I seem to think it was near the Orpen camp area. i have many happy memories as a child especially of the night time concerts in the lapa there.

User avatar
ndloti
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
Posts: 4958
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:45 pm
Location: southern gauteng

Unread postby ndloti » Fri Apr 25, 2008 1:10 pm

I stand to be corrected on this , I think it became Motswari Mbali .
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.

User avatar
ecojunkie
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Posts: 9183
Joined: Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:05 am
Location: On the road again......

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:26 am

Sadly my first ever trip to the park was in May 2000 just after the floods. I remember twisted rails on the green bridge between Skukuza and Lower Sabie, and lots of debris still around the place.
We spent just one night at Skukuza then, and I was still to discover the delights that Kruger has to offer....... Now I cannot get enough of it!
Smiling is contagious. Start an epidemic today!

Have you read the entrance permit? Do you KNOW the Conditions of Entry?

Completed over 6 years in Kruger in my caravan.

If I was normal I wouldn't be me!

User avatar
SilverSpur
Posts: 71
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:10 pm
Location: Secunda

Kruger in 30 years

Unread postby SilverSpur » Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:54 am

Let's promote conservation as much as we can and ensure the Kruger is still there in 30 years for the people to tell stories about.

I wonder what people like Wolhuter, Stevenson Hamilton, Aderndorff, Orpen and the like would say when they see Kruger today.

Can anyone remember the time in the late 70's when they shot 50 or 60 lions in the Skukuza and LS area?

My father related this to us? Any info on this would be welcome.

Regards to all.

User avatar
Meandering Mouse
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
FAC Member (2013)
Posts: 15375
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2005 8:47 pm
Location: meandering between senility and menopause

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:05 am

I have a very keen interest in history.
I do believe that the spirit of Stevenson-Hamilton lives on at the memorial tablets sites.

Certain roads are particularly significant. When I travel the Old Voortrekker road I try to imagine a time of transport riders and the untamed outback. There is a small memorial to a young German who accidently shot himself in the leg and subsequently died.
Sadly, many plaques in Kruger are unreadable at the moment, so the history is lost to the tourist.
The bird doesn't sing because it has answers, it sings because it has a song.

User avatar
SilverSpur
Posts: 71
Joined: Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:10 pm
Location: Secunda

Kruger

Unread postby SilverSpur » Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:05 pm

When we at the Jock birth place i saw the one plaque was removed.

Just imagine having shot yourself with a shotgun. Leg off and blood poisening is setting in. All of this in the middle of the african bush.

There was a book written by Gus Aderndorf about his experiences in the Kruger while being a ranger. Well worth the read if you can find it.

I sometimes wonder how many of us modern people would survive a week in the bush with just the same equipment that the pioneers of old had.

BTW. The tree that Harry Wolhuter crawled up used to be cemented close to the place where it happened. Does someone know if it is still there or has it gone lost in time?

Sue Manne
Posts: 3
Joined: Thu Feb 16, 2006 7:24 am

Very old Kruger memories

Unread postby Sue Manne » Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:09 pm

Hi there all you Kruger lovers.
I have just returned from 5 nights Shingwedzi & 5 nights Orpen but this is a story of old times and I will tell you about this trip at a later stage.
I remember in the very old days when my mom would have to book a call to Skukuza to make our booking.
There were no fridges in the camps then so mom would go to a shop in central JHB that sold dry ice and buy 2 blocks on the afternoon before we left.
We would either stay at Skukuza or Lower Sabie for 4 nights and believe it or not the meat that we packed in our polystyrene box with the dry ice kept our food frozen.
We would leave at midnight and the hardboiled eggs and coffee would be ready for our stop over at Old Joe. Radio Highveld kept us company all the way to Numbi gate where we would arrive at around 05-45.
We would wait with anticipation for those great big gates to open and be so proud of the yet another Kruger sticker to put on the windscreen and the big brown rubbish bag that we were given on arrival and then the excitement of seeing our first impala WOW what excitement.
The huts had no showers or toilets so everyone used the communal I can remember my mom being the last one to shower one evening and she wasn’t back in our hut after being gone for an hour so dad went looking for her and found her wondering around lost as the lights had gone out.
You see in those days there were generators and they switched them off at 21-00.
Waking up in the morning mom would go to the big old urn next to the kitchen to fill the flask with boiling water for coffee.
The sarmies and rusks would be packed and we would be in the queue waiting for the gate to open.
Something else I remember is that in the summer months there was a huge tree trunk put across the road at Letaba.
You were not allowed to go further north and I can’t remember the reason why.
Maybe someone can help with this.
The cost of a hut in the late 60’s was R 12.50
O.K. so now you are wondering how old I am, well I’m old enough to tell you that I have just arrived back after a long trip back from Orpen gate and it is 20-30 and I am on a high after an awesome 10 days in my wonderful paradise called Kruger which I think is about my 120th visit.
Sue


Return to “History, Archeology and Culture”