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 Post subject: Bridgeman the inspiring ranger
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:13 pm 
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Some of you will have read Bridgeman's Phabeni Gate reports I'm sure. He has now relocated to Biyamiti, where he is awaiting permission to write reports of the game drives there. My wife and I were massively privileged to do a Sunset Drive with Bridgeman and his protege Trevor at Biyamiti on the 14th of August. We were the only two guests in the vehicle - I'm sure this is a common thing at such a small camp.

We have had a number of game drives in our lives, but never before have we encountered a ranger who presents information in such an engaging way - very often from a scientific angle. We were also impressed that he deliberately stopped the car without being asked in order to suggest we take pictures of the magnificent sunset and admire it for a moment or two. Rangers who live in Kruger most of the year might perhaps take the sunsets for granted, but Bridgeman clearly tries to think of everything that a visitor to Kruger might want to spend some extra time enjoying.

We saw lots of rhino on the drive, buffalo, elephants, giraffe (including a sleeping one shortly after the sun set!), a scorpion, the usual game and two sleeping male lions. Thank you very much Bridgeman!

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 Post subject: Re: Bridgeman the inspiring ranger
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Graham, I still remember Bridgeman's first post.It was about listening to the silence. I knew then that he was a gem.

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Bridgeman! :clap:

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Bring it on Bridgeman!!!! :clap: :clap:

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Hi Elsa - nice to meet you - I hope Bridgeman compliments get passed on as I think it is important for people to know when they are doing things well!

Hi MM - I'll re-read his posts!

When is your next visit CV?

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 Post subject: Re: Bridgeman the inspiring ranger
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I was lucky to have gone on a sunset drive from Olifants with Bridgeman 4 years ago, what a wonderful experience!

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 Post subject: Re: Bridgeman the inspiring ranger
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woooow #blushing now. :D thanks a lot for the compliment guys.

I remember this game drive very well, the scorpion on the S25 with a lilac breasted roller struggling to kill it. the 2male lions on the H5, we found them by looking at the tire markings on the road. #amazing experience indeed.

I must say this, it is a privilege to leave, work and be surrounded by such magnificent nature all year round. The best thing I can do is to share my special moments and experience with the guest. I never get enough of the bush-babies, Civets and spotted genets on the H5, S108, S26 road, they are so amazing. just to see them I can feel my emotions raising to another level. I am so grateful that the little knowledge I share on the game drives/walks are noted and appreciated. this is more than a compliment to me but it is a fuel that keeps my passion driving even more. Game viewing became more than just a job to me, but a passion.........same level as L.Messi kicking a soccer ball or M. Schumacher behind a steering wheel lol.

BIYAMITI updates coming soon.

@Thanks a lot Mr Graham. I really appreciate your support.
@Thanks to SANParks for keeping our heritage to its natural root level(KNP is the best place one can ever be)

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 Post subject: Re: Bridgeman the inspiring ranger
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Planning on going on a sunset drive from Biyamiti on the 26th of May as part of our honeymoon! Hope Bridgeman is still there!


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 Post subject: Re: Bridgeman the inspiring ranger
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Bridgeman, you are a true gem, as MM says. I salute you, my friend!!!!

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:D Thanks for posting Graham_5000. Bridgeman has read your comments but there a few more who need to see them - I shall pass them on :D

:hands: bridgeman thanks for the great service. It is always appreciated and remembered. It's people like you that contribute to the good memories taken home by visitors 8) Thank You :gflower:

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