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Nice story giraffee.


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I remember how naive my brother and I were about the ability of animals.

One night we were camping in tents at Letaba when around 3am this big lion starts roaring away. Our tent zip didn't close so we decided should the lion enter our tent we would climb on top of the cupboard and we will be safe. The next morning to our horror there was the ranger surveying the perimeter fence we were sleeping next to. Turns out a kudu jumped the fence "something scared it" - yeah we all knew what that was. He then proceeded to tell us a lion could easily jump the fence - well that shot our get away plan on the cupboard to pieces.

The joy of being little in the kruger.


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 Post subject: Another KRUGER PARK story
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It was 21 DEC 1996, we were staying over in the right hand half of the guest house in PUNDA MARIA.
The boyfriends of our two daughters accompanied us.
We had a wonderful braai the evening and we "kuiered" until quite late.
Incidentally we had a visit by the resident Genet .
When it was bed time the one boyfriend (his first visit to KRUGER ) decided sleeping inside was for sissys so he asked whether he could sleep outside on a stretcher on the veranda.
It was agreed and he put on his Tabard and we all went to bed.
My wife and I slept in the bedroom with Darryl on the veranda (just below the window) and the rest of the family/guests in the lounge.
About 02:00 the Lions starting roaring outside the camp.
My wife and I also heard the stretcher creak and creak as Darryl was tossing and turning (listening to the Lions) Darryl was too macho (also about 20 years old) to admit he was uncomfortable.
The roaring kept on and then we heard the stretcher creak and we heard the trailer with the firewood in lid open and slam closed.
I then knew what was going on.
Darryl was stoking the fire .
I then had a call "wil oom nie ook na die leeus se gebrul kom luister nie". !(Tr. Doesn't uncle also want to come and listen to the lions roaring as well)
I then got up and went outside and the fire was now well on its way.
Darryl enquired whether I would like a cup of coffee .
I replied positively and also said "make coffee for all of us then we could all come outside and listen to the Lions still roaring ".
This was promptly done and everyone was sitting on the veranda listening to the Lions.
It just kept on and on.
Eventually we all decided back to bed as it was early wake up for breakfast at Pafuri.
I offered Darryl to come inside which was accepted with grace and dignity.
The following morning it was off to Pafuri, at a stroll around Darryl came up and asked softly "were the Lions quite close last night" ?
My reply not too close.
That evening we had another long braai and Darryl was very eager to keep the conversation going until the early hours.
I asked where he was going to sleep , the reply " outside and then very softly - you said "not to close "" Afterwards I was told that this was his best holiday ever and that evening at Punda Maria will stay with him forever .......... and ever.

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Gmlsmit's story reminded me of my own experience, although somewhat different.

For many years as a single guy regularly just loaded up my car and dove for a few days up to KNP. Being young and broke, I really travelled light, I did not even have a tent. My sleeping arrangement was to hang a mosquito net on a low branch and put my stretcher below this. If it rained I moved into the car for the night.

On one trip to Shingwedzi, i woke up early to footsteps going past my bed, as they approached this little incredulous voice piped and said "Look dad, thus man don’t even have a tent!" :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Old Kruger Park
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Frederik wrote:
When one sits down and starts thinking, a lot of memories suddenly appear.
By the way, how many Forumites remember those DKWs. I believe they had a wooden body.
At that time the road between Skukuza and Lower Sabie was still gravel and not as level as the tarred road today. ?


I've been going to the "Garden of Eden " since 1964 and I can even tell you the stories my dad told me about the Kruger in the 1940's ! Yes Frederik I do remember gravel roads and DKW's . One involving both in fact ! The first road to be tarred was the Naphe or H1-1 . We were staying at Pretoriuskop while the road was still under construction and we were on our way to Skukuza - as we came round this bend, there was a DKW on top of a heap of gravel next to the road - wheels still spinning and shocked looking faces peeping out of the windows ! They must have driven at great speed to end up there !!?? That proves that 1. Speeding has always been a problem or that 2. DKW's had bad brakes !!??


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 Post subject: Old Kruger Park stories
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This is my first posting ever and my brother, Skopsie, will be pleased to see that I have eventually managed to do so.

Our family's first visit to the Kruger was the July 1957 after my father, working for Fauna and Flora, got transferred to what is now the "Eiland" hot spring resort near Letsitele.

As far as I can remember, we entered through a gate north of Phalaborwa. This gate was later closed and replaced by the current Phalaborwa gate. (Can somebody confirm this, please??)

We went to Letaba camp and then on towards a picnic spot near the Olifants river. Here we were escorted by an armed game ranger to the river and shown a high cliff where, we were told , a new camp overlooking the river was to be built. That is now the Olifants camp.

We never went again although my father often crossed into the Kruger to assist the park rangers with the catching of poachers and the shooting of elephants breaking through the newly erected fence along the western border of the park. He had many stories to tell about these experiences.

My next trip to Kruger was in May 1987 and since I have never missed an oportunity to go, my record being six times in the first eight months of last year.


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Herman wrote:
Welcome Kameelperd ! Phalaborwa gate used to be called Malopene, but if it was to the north of the present gate I don't know ?

Yes Herman, it was north from Phalaborwa. I think it is still being used by officials.

Kameelperd, very interesting memories of the old days and Olifants. Welcome! :D


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Welcome Kameelperd .

Your father then worked in the Hans Merensky Nature reserve,
the gate then was at Malopene about 8 km north along the border . Phalaborwa gate was opened about 1962/63 and I remember going in when it was just opened and marvelling at the big thatch roof over the gate and office , but I never entered Malopene .

The picnic spot on the Olifants was the old Gorge camp , and this remained as a picnic spot only after Olifants opened . That was also closed later when Olifants gorge was deemed a wilderness area (1970's sometime) . So you realy saw some of the pioneering days ,and the conditions were very spartan then .

Looking forward to the trip reports too .


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Welcome Kameelperd . Coming from such an interesting area I am sure you have many fascinating memories to share. I can also confirm what mikev has written .It is amazing how certain things make the same imprint in different people's minds .I also still remember hoe beautiful the thatched roof was to me on going through Phalaborwa Gate in 1967 . I also remember the Gorge picnic spot . Hot , rugged , rocky , crocodiles and a true African dust road leading to it.I also remember the first sight of Clem Haagner's enlargement in the Olifants area ,leading to the restaurant.I also remember my mother preparing breakfast on a gas stove on our veranda at Olifants and when she turned around she heard a swoop and what did she, see a Falcon disappearing with half our breakfast - a length of done boerewors To her, even today at 86 years, it was a highlight.

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Does anyone remember these menus in the restaurants? They were used right up to the mid 80s (I think), the pictures just become more realistic through the years.

This one dates from 29 August 1965 - the day my parents got engaged in PK. On the menu for that day was:
Noodle Soup
Fish Cakes and parsley sauce
Baked crumbed Kabeljou
Bobotie and rice
Cold tongue, roast beef and garlic polony.
Assorted salads
Avocado pear mould and custard.
Tea & coffee
Cheese and Biscuits.

And all this for 60c!!


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Dec 1983 and we were staying in Pretoriuskop.
Travelling through KRUGER this trip we saw many dead snakes killed on the road.
My two daughters then 9 and 7 years old respectively were very eager to see a live snake.
One morning we drove from Pretoriuskop to where Afsaal is now then up to Skukuza and then H1-1 to Pretoriuskop.
Driving I saw a snake crossing the road just before the S65 turnoff.
I drove closer slowly and let it pass to the south side of the LANDY.
When the green snake reached the side of the road (off the tar ) it turned over and feigned dead.
I was parked about 1.5 metres from it .
We all watched this snake through the left windows.
After a while the snake slowly started tasting the air and turned over very very slowly.
It started moving towards the LANDY , I started the vehicle and drove off, looking in the rear view mirror I saw no snake.
Enquiring to my wife about whether she had seen the snake after driving off, the reply was negative.
Concerned about the whereabouts I drove very slowly and stopped for even the most slightest possibility of a sighting of anything - what had happened to the snake ?
We saw some Lions along the road and spent much more time there than we normally would have.
I drove on the edge of the road ( the dirt ) hoping that the shaking of the vehicle would get rid of the snake ( should it still be there).
After about three hours we arrived at Pretoriuskop.
I told the family to get out fast as we were going to the shop.
We spent some time there and then told them to go to the restaurant so that they could all have a milk shake each I would join them in a few minutes .
I then decided to have the LANDY refuelled (still cheap in those days).
I drove up to the filling station , stopping I told the attendant to just stay clear as I wanted to check something under the vehicle.
I looked and there he was on the rear differential .
I told the attendant to wait because there was a snake in the vehicle .
I got a stick and tried to chase it off but no luck , if I was on the left side it would move to the the right and when I went to the right side it moved to the left.
By now there was quite an audience congregating watching the goings on.
In the meantime the snake was getting impatient and was hissing and rearing .
I then asked the attendant whether he had any aerosol spray, he brought me I think it was doom and I sprayed at the snake and it got off the diff. and fled .
Unfortunately it did not get very far as the attendant and of his friends were by that time well armed with sticks and stones.
I then calculated that the snake had travelled with us for approximately 35 Km .
What was amazing to me was how fast it must have moved to get onto the differential as the LANDY kicked and started immediately and we were off in wink.
The children got their snake sighting , but also more than they expected

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Not such an "old Kruger story" which I have related on another thread , but which may be interesting ..

A trails ranger told me how a wilderness trailist was brushing his/her hair after showering and thought it strange that water droplets were falling on his hand even though the hair was nearly dry . He then realised that a cobra in the roof rafters of the hut about a metre above his head was spitting venom on his hand in reaction to his hand movements .

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Fortunately snakes seldom cause humans any harm, again the cobra acted defensively.Christmas eve 1986 we were in Shingwedzi together with friends who were camping close to the fence. We had the normal braai and sat chatting and just enjoying being there. All of a sudden my friend Jan said a snake had just gone over his foot ( we were both barefoot ) . I replied Jan that is not possible , by now Jan was feat and all on top of his chair and so was everyone else in our company.I did not believe the snake story . I switched on my torch and looked - there were the marks in the sand where Jan's feet were of a snake. I followed the track and found a Common Egg eater heading towards palm bush , by now there was quite an audience.To save the snake I picked it up and dropped it over the fence , Jan and many others thought I was a bit crazy as they believed in what the Bible says about what should happen to snakes.

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Here is another trip down memory lane.
I joined my father during the winter of 1960 or maybe 1961 on a poacher control trip north of the Letaba River up against the Kruger’s border.
We crossed the Letaba at “The Slab”, some 20km upstream of the Kruger and went north via Bend Store, which had since developed into today’s Giyani.
From there we went east to the border of the Kruger and travelled south along the newly erected border game fence checking for ellies that had broken through the fence into the adjoining then Bantu Trust area.
We saw a number of places where they had broken through as these spots had been marked by the Kruger rangers who had repaired the fence.
We came across one new spot and I walked through the opening, and in doing so, entered the Kruger for the second time in my life.
We called on a nearby local leader, in those days known as a “Captain” to enquire if the ellies were still around and what damage they might have done to his crops.
The ellies had returned to the park, breaking the fence again to gain access.
As no crops were on the fields, there was no damage to be done and thus no action for my father’s 0.375 rifle.
We camped on the bank of the Letaba just more than 2km upstream of the Kruger and returned home a day or two later.


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 Post subject: Old stories
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:44 pm 
This is really fascinating reading! :clap:

Welcome kameelperd and others!

As I have repeatedly stated on other forums, I have a collection of the old CUSTOS magazines, from the then Parks Board, dating from the early 70's. (That include pics from the Park's inception!)

I have posted some digital camera "scans", but it is a laborious and "hit and miss"process!

Many of the previous stories would be supported by endless photo scans, but I do not have a scanner, and cannot afford one, end of story!

So should someone have one lying around, please pm me!

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