How lovely to celebrate SANParks forum 10th birthday party with a Decade of Memories!!!
I have only been a forumite for 5 years but even so I wanted to share the story of how my addiction to the forums began.....The wonderful world of SANParks webcams
In April 2009 I watched a National Geographic documentary about a couple in Zimbabwe who were raising an orphaned honey badger on their private game sanctuary. I was so enthralled that I wrote to them and couldn't believe it when I opened the mailbox 2 months later to find a letter from Rich and Bookey, with an invitation to visit them!
I decided then and there that I was going to Africa
So I filled my life with all things Africa - books, movies, documentaries
Then one day I found a website with webcams overlooking waterholes in SA National Parks
And it didn't take long before I was completely hooked
I was in awe of the animals I saw coming to drink and watched the cams every spare moment I had
One night I saw what I thought might have been wild hunting dogs
So I plucked up the courage to register and made my very first post on 5th August 2009.
Hello. Just wondering if the animals in this grainy pic could be wild hunting dogs? That would be so cool!!
I'm new here. This website and forum is fantastic!
I received the most wonderful welcome from forumites and instantly felt part of a big supportive and like-minded family of nature lovers
And with a little encouragement from the likes of Meandering Mouse
, Magic Guarri
, I became a dedicated cammer
Those little webcams on my computer desktop were windows into a whole new world for me and became my constant companions.
My Africa travel plans then evolved around visiting as many of the cams as possible
So in March 2012 my Dad and I visited the Orpen, Satara and Addo cams.
It was so amazing to see the webcams from the other side of my computer!
I was even lucky enough to be captured on the Addo cam as part of a mobile webcam fundraising event organised by Lionspoon
Submitted by RichardJ
From left, my Dad, me, Lionspoon
On that whirlwind one month trip I also had the great privilege to meet some of my camming buddies in real life Meandering Mouse
, Magic Guarri
I am still completely addicted to the cams and love sharing my sightings from the midnight shift and continue to "meet" wonderful new forumite friends
My life will forever be a better place for being a part of the SANParks family so thanks for all the fabulous memories and here's to another decade's worth
Happy 10th birthday SANParks forum!!