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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:49 am 
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My dad has told us of his first trip to Kruger in the late '50s or early '60s, and staying in rondavels with no windows - there was just a gap between the wall and the roof for air. The beds were steel frames with no mattresses - you had to take your own, which my dad and his friends did not know, so they ended up sleeping on the springs!!

Oh...for the good old days!! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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Wow that is very interesting. It also says on this old map that you need to hire bedding at 30 cents per person per night. Breakfast at the restaurant cost 40c, lunch at 50c and dinner 60c per person.

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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Flutterby, your dad must have had some bad luck getting a bed without a mattress. Since 1946, I remember that there was never a problem getting a mattress with the bed. The problem was the mattress itself. All were thin, coir mattresses and extremely uncomfortable, but nobody ever complained (too loudly, anyhow) The beds were those black steel and very high (hospital) beds. My dad, being an AA member (not Alcoholics Anonymous) always used to try and book the AA hut for the family. Malelane, Skukuza and Pretoriuskop were camps that each had an AA hut. It was a large rondavel that had six beds around the circumverence with a pole in the middle of the hut. There was a wash stand next to the door, with a large enamel jug and basin. Each hut was allocated two hurricane lamps and a pottie or two. A green metal foldup table and chairs made up the rest of the furniture in the hut.
The doors to some of the huts had a lookout hole that you had to look through before exiting, to see that you had no friendly four legged visitors outside looking for breakfast. :cam: were in the form of a Kodak 'box' camera and I don't know where to start looking for pics. Those were good days.

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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Taken in Shingwedzi Camp. August 1977. Communal "braai" area with huts in the background. Assume it is the B circle.

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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Does anyone know what happened to this old fire engine that used to be parked next to the petrol station at Shingwedzi Camp.
Taken June 1996.

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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steamtrainfan wrote:
Looking at the old photos I find it totally mind blowing that the guys wore long pants and jackets while travelling around.

I can remember, in the '70s and '80s, seeing women driving/walking around with curlers in their hair!! Always wondered...if they could go out in public like that what were they doing their hair for? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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Hi there everyone

Managed to upload a few more :dance:

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Letaba – 1974
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Hlangeleni picnic spot – 1976
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Phalaborwa entrance – 1974
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Pretoriuskop – 1970
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Satara – 1975
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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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Great pics Leigh :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Phala-gate looked so different

If you also notice the Hlanguleni picture, you will see that you could leave a car door open for a little bit longer than you can nowdays without having a Vervet or Chacma attempt to hi-jack it

The one you have labeled as "Pretoriuskop 1970" looks a bit like the old Orpen huts of yesteryear, before electicity was introduced.


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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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I am thoroughly enjoying these pictures !
I tend to agree with Glen79 that it is Orpen , looking in the direction of the KNP entrance gate from the furthest end of camp , before the additions - prior to mid 1985 the gravel access road from Klaserie area was through the far southern part of Timbavati PNR ... then modernisation arrived and Orpen was no longer a rustic camp . :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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Looks like P/Kop to me ... looks like the hut you get when you drive in the gates at the Parking lot ... now being used as an office

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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I never visited P'kop in 1970 :tongue: so it could well be that, however I did have the pleasure of staying at Orpen in 1981 in huts that looked like that, the building in the right of the pic looks like the old ablution block, with the communal braai area just beyond that. The pic looks like it was taken from the north end, looking south towards the entrance side.


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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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On seeing this thread I immediately went and got out my parents old photo albums. My Dad was principal of Uplands School near White River in the 1950"s and I was sure there were a few Kruger Park photos somewhere in these albums. I have found some but regret that the quality is not so good as the original photo 's are 7 x 5 cm's. I trust that they will bring back memories for some of you.

This photo is marked Letaba 1950. Looks as if it was taken from where the deck is now.
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CSC_0829 (Medium) by Richard Gillatt, on Flickr

This is also marked Letaba 1950.
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CSC_0845 (Medium) by Richard Gillatt, on Flickr

Also marked Letaba Wet - not sure what year. Thats me with the blonde hair in the chair.Image
CSC_0844 (Medium) by Richard Gillatt, on Flickr

Pretorius Kop 1950.
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Olifants River 1950.
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Satara 1951.
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Satara 1951 - Collecting the fire to cook supper. Look at the clothes they wore to collect a fire!!!!!!!!!
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CSC_0840 (Medium) by Richard Gillatt, on Flickr

I trust that these pics will cause a few formites to reminice over the "GOOD OLD DAYS"

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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I also came across this photo with the accompanying letter in the December 1957 edition of African Wildlife which I thought was quite interesting. I will type the letter out and attach the photo below it.
Sir. We read and hear a lot about the "circus lions" of the Lower Sabi Road. It seems that Letaba may be forming a troupe of " circus elephants." There are a couple of bulls that rest under the big trees near the camp gate and, last year, one came right up to the fence to the delight of myself and all the other camera owners. There must have been thousands of pounds worth of equipment focused on this elephant, and he hardly seemed to notice all this attention. Once or twice he opened out his ears and took a few steps towards us. It was in this attitude that I "caught" him in my viewfinder. You will notice the fence in the foreground. One tourist threw all the regulations to the winds and rolled two oranges under the wire - these were immediately consumed and Jumbo was all eyes for more. Name witheld. I sincerely hope that I am not breaking any copyright by copying this letter and photo onto this thread. If I am it is not done intentionally.

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The brown mark is not on the original photo. Not sure what caused that.

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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WOW STF Fantastic photos - Thanks for sharing.
The suits shovelling the fire is VERY funny. . . :D

The rule breakers were around in 1957 - Feeding Elephants :big_eyes: Human nature never changes it seems. .

Hope you can find some more :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Old photos of Kruger
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Looking at these photos got me to thinking that a trip to Kruger in the 50's must have been quite an adventure. Looking at the tents and bungalows there does not seem to be much space to pack your clothes away. Where did they store their food for cooking and how did they keep it all cool as there were no shops or restaurants to pop into. No kitchens or utensils in the bungalows. A midnight trip to the loo musr have been quite an adventure. No freezers or cool boxes around to keep food in. How did they do it? I can clearly remember drinking Oros Orange Juice which you had to dilute with water. Did we just drink it at room temperature?

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