Does anyone remember this, have the factual history about this, the Parks reasoning behind and the subsequent change of mind.
I have some information, which I cannot find at the present moment. Anyhow as far as I can recall this was the scenario:
1n 1985 Kruger was supposed to get a 'facelift'. The Park's board had planned and even started work on this 'facelift'. It was quite a radical plan and had already begun to be implemented. ±14 new camps were to be built or were already being built. A couple of years earlier Gus Mills did a calculation that based on the existing road network + 50m on either side the road network only covered <1% of the park, therefore the road network could handle the traffic. From the north to the south these camps would have been:
medium camp situated on the southern bank of the Luvuvhu River at Lanner Gorge. Abandoned altogether.
Small camp situated on the hill just north of Babalala (later replaced with Sirheni Bushveld Camp but not in the same spot)
Small camp later replaced with Bateleur Bushveld Camp
Medium camp later replaced by Mopani in 1992 (Boulders, not planned as of this time)
Medium camp on the banks of the Letaba River east of the present day H14. Later replaced by Shimuwini Bushveld Camp.
On the northern bank of the Oliphants River more or less in line with the site marked Ga Bogareng [As to what this is I do not know]. Later abandoned altogether.
Presumably at the mouth of the Ngotso River where it enters the Oliphants River. North or south bank not specified. Later abandoned altogether for a revamped Balule.
On the north bank of the Timbavati River. Later becomes a Private Camp on the southern bank.
Still on the cards at this point in time. Later to become a Private camp and now part of a luxury concession.
Not sure whether this was intended to be medium or small but it would have been ± in the region of the present day Imbali Safari Lodge. Replaced by Talamati Bushveld Camp which was placed further to the north-west.
Not sure if this was built. Intended to be a super-luxury camp. Very close to Skukuza.
Jock of the Bushveld
This small camp was build. Not sure as to when. Now a Private Lodge.
Riverside or Afsaal
Downgraded and/or abandoned altogether. Now Afsaal is only a picnic site. Biyamiti Bushveld Camp was not planned as of yet.
Opened in 1984 as the first of these new camps.
These camps were replaced by the bushveld camps, which have accommodation only. I think this indicated a major strategic shift in thinking from the list of camps above, some which could not exist as stand-alone camps without the "restaurant and shop" facilities.
Some of this is taken from a map and its accompanying article in The Motorist
from an article called "Facelift For The Kruger National Park" Second Quarter, 1985, p.4-8.
Unfortunately I have not been able to find the accompanying article but it deals mostly with Berg-en-Dal and only mentions the others.