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 Post subject: Re: Old Kruger park Stories
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:13 am 
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Do you remember the old Cafeteria, they had these old rails that you walked along in an L shape.

They made wonderful buff pies with gravy, salad and chips.

And what about the old shop, small but very effective.


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 Post subject: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Hi everyone,

My first post on this site. Just wanted people to share their experiences and memories of the Kruger National Park. My father has been going to the Park now every year for 76 years! He is 86 years old and his first trip to Kruger was to Satara in 1934.

He says there was only one circle of huts then with a very low (non-electric!) fence, and the water was still brak. No shop or restaurant.

I will be bringing him back to Satara at the end of November this year. He is already very excited for another memory lane trip.

Anyone have other info about the camps back then or memories? Anyone been going to the Park longer than this?

Just curious!

Guinea Fowl

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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Hi & welcome!!! :D sounds like you and your Dad are real nature people! You will like it here :dance:
I'm sure that the other members will weigh in here soon. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Warm welcome to you (and your father :clap: ) to the forums, Guinea Fowl :D .

Would be a privilege for us all if your father would share his precious memories with us.

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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Have a peek in here Guinea Fowl and a very warm welcome to you :lol:and your Dad :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Welcome Guinea Fowl! I bet your dad can't wait to be there!
I agree with Matthys, how about you getting him to tell you all about the "old days" and you opening a great thread on it??? We would love to hear his stories and how he relates to KNP today.

Will be waiting to know how your trip goes.

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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Warm welcome Guinea Fowl, :clap:
what a wonderful family history you have.
Your Dad must have some very special and nostalgic memories going back so far.
Would also love to read some of his earlier memories. :D
Wishing you and him a most enjoyable trip in November.

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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Welcome to the forum Guinea Fowl.

My dad died in June aged 87 and we first came together to Kruger in 1956 when we arrived in SA.

I took him back annually since 2001 for father/son trips.

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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Welcome Guinea fowl. I found this picture recently in a Dutch book on Kruger.

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This Skukuza in the thirties :shock: I've been wondering what it must have been like in Kruger then and your father actually experienced it. :big_eyes: He must have great stories to tell.

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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Hi,and a warm welcome to you and your Dad what a wonderful period 76 years to have experiance the KNP.
I have had the pleasure of 60 years, enjoy your next trip.
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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Chip !
Where are you , you can probably add a word or 10 here !

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 Post subject: Re: 76 years visiting Kruger
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Here am I, Ndloti. :D I have actually started postings on a thread under Kruger National Park "Old photos of Kruger" about some of my memories of 'the old days'.

Welcome to the forum Guinea Fowl and also to your dad. I really feel like a youngster having only started visiting Kruger in 1946. Those were very different, but exciting days when you had to take everything with you, even powdered milk or condensed milk.

Hope that you and your family have a great trip in November. Pity that you will only be at Satara at the end of November. We will be at the south of Kruger from the 5th to the 19th of November. It would have been great meeting you and the 'old timer'.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Kruger park Stories
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Hi everyone. I just came across this thread and thought some of you may be interested in the 2011 Kruger Park Memories calendar which has been produced by Midrand HRs. I don't have a clue how to post the link so please go to the Honorary Ranger Activities thread and you'll find it there.....


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 Post subject: Re: Old Kruger park Stories
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Pooh Bear wrote:
Hi everyone. I just came across this thread and thought some of you may be interested in the 2011 Kruger Park Memories calendar which has been produced by Midrand HRs. I don't have a clue how to post the link so please go to the Honorary Ranger Activities thread and you'll find it there.....


I can vouch that - for anybody interested in this thread - this calendar is a MUST HAVE item for next year!! But buy now, as I think there won't be many left come January 1!

Personally, I bought 2: one for use and one as a keepsake. Remember, the money you spend on this, is ploughed back into KNP!

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 Post subject: Re: Old Kruger park Stories
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The first time was with my parents in 1958. The only camp that was open in the somer months was PK. Skukuza was open for day visitors.
Tshokwane was similar but the tree was enclosed and it was a tearoom.
The water at Satara and Tshokwane was brackish and undrinkable
I remember Steravieta milk that was sold in the shops.


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