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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jan 24, 2005 12:47 pm

pikkanin,

Your best chance to see paintings would be to go on the Bushman walking wilderness trail. It's awesome!! The irony is that your chance of getting an opening on the trail will not be that great.

Good luck in any case!

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Crosses in Park

Unread postby Petrus » Tue Feb 01, 2005 11:06 pm

How many of you have seen the cross on a tree just outside Letaba on one of the dirt roards?

According to my information this was done by explorers and the cross always shopws north. It was also a place to be used as post point and help them find their way.

Does anybody know if this is true or is their another story behind it?

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Feb 01, 2005 11:44 pm

OK, you would be referring to Das Neves Cross. It was probable carved at around 1860 by the Portuguese explorer Fernandes das Neves. And yes, these crosses were route markers as well as "Post Offices". They were also usually made at places where there was a nice spot to rest with maybe easily accessible water.
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Books about Kruger National Park

Unread postby DvZ » Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:26 pm

Went to get Nigel Dennis book "Where to find wildlife in Kruger park"

Ended up buying two books.

2nd:

Getaway Guide to Wildlife Photography - by Nigel Dennis.

This book is excellent.

Gives you great tips on what to do and not to do. He shares a lot of secrets and tips with you.

Cost R90

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Re: "Greater Kruger" by Heinrich, Phillip and Ingr

Unread postby madach » Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:04 am

Guinea Pig wrote:Have any of you read this book yet?
Looks quite interesting as they wrote a book about the stuff we don't really hear about eg. elephant relocation, eradication of alien plants, darting of lions etc.


I met Heinrich at Elephant Plains in April 2004 and he told me about this book. It hadn't been published yet, so I pre-ordered my copy. I received it last November. It's a beautiful book with lots of interesting info. What makes this book special for me is that there are pictures in it of a rhino relocation in Kruger in May 2000 where I was present (that was sheer dumb luck).

Here are some pics of that relocation.

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Unread postby DuQues » Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:32 pm

Yep!
It's a fantastic book, well worth the price (as far as I'm concerned).
The fact that my name is in it, instead of on it doesn't bother me, but... Wish I had made it. Yes, I know Heinrich, and yes, I did preorder.
But.... have a look here, doublepost....
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Exploring Kruger

Unread postby Pac » Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:12 am

This week i picked up a book called: The prime origins guide to 'Exploring Kruger'.
the authors are Brett Hilton-Baker and Prof Lee R. Berger.
ISBN: 1-919855-37-8

I have just started reading and browsing through it and it looks really great!!
It is sort of a mix between the authors and Sanparks, published in the last year. reading through i have found some really usefull things and it is really helpfull and informative.
it is A5 size and covers everything from geology to history.
Each area of the park is covered seperately, it tells which areas and roads are the best to go on and what animals to expect and where you should stop around the area. it also has many random things which apeall to many like top 10 photography spots, an animal cencus no.'s, 'Kruger calender' describing what the vegetatona nd viewng is like at times of the year.
I don't think i have done this book justice in this thread, it is really worth looking at as it is new and really good.
Any one else seen it or read it????

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Unread postby bwana » Sun Mar 13, 2005 12:31 pm

Hi, Pac

I've got it too. Its a great book and it gives kind of a different write up of the park, as it concentrates on the roads as opposed to the areas. Also filled with interesting tit-bits.
GP, tell your hubby not to fret as it is pretty cheap. Well anyway, its about R100. I bought it in the park last year, and paid that for it, so in town it should be a bit cheaper.
Here is a pic of the cover for others who are interested. As Pac says, it is probably the latest release on the park. Definately a good companion while in the park.
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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Wed Mar 16, 2005 10:01 am

I haven't been able to confirm that this book is available in English, but will keep on looking. It's one of the best sources of info on KNP I know of - all 640p thereof!

Written in 1990, ISBN 0 86953 043 7
Author Dr U de V Pienaar

It covers the history of the park. No references to good roads for game viewing or that kind of stuff. Purely academical. It's got some really cool photo's from when the park was developed. Starts with the Stone age which includes stunning info on Bushmen Paintings in the Park. There's more than we could ever imagine. After that it's one huge voyage of discovery. Tells you where all the historical monuments come from and why they were put up. Also has photo's of most every ranger ever associated with the park. Most books cover what animals are to be found in KNP, this book covers the human side of the Park.

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:44 pm

Interesting spot this. The inscription on the Rock next to the road reads:

"You are at the Tropic of Capricorn, parallel latitude 23deg26'18
south of the Equator. It is at this latitude that the sun's rays strike the earth vertically on only one day of the year, at noon on or about 21 December. This marks the beginning of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere (Summer Solstice south of the Equator) and the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere (Winter Solstice north of the equator)"

Does anyone know how they "measured" this spot and when they did it?
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Kruger National park - Wonders of an African Eden.

Unread postby fevertree » Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:38 pm

I would like to share the following excellent read with everyone.
Kruger National park - Wonders of an African Eden.
Nigel Dennis and Robert Scholes (1995).
I found this to be an excellent book in that it was filled with scientific facts while still containing appealing photography and valuable anecdotes. It is one of the rare books that approaches Kruger from the scientific/ecological point of view, and not the pure tourism view. In this respect, it is a definite plus on the shelf.
However, be quick , the book is apparently out of print, and copies not too easy to come by.
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Unread postby Foxy » Mon May 09, 2005 9:32 pm

Hi Pac
Bought the book, very interesting, but at the back there are errors regarding the camp site i.e. Balule has 10 cottages, 3 guest houses, 25 bangalows - in actual fact Balule as only camping available an no electricity and classified as private, but is run by Parks board oh yeh and it's a large camp too :shock: has a shop, petrol, laudry, restaurant - really :x Orpen has 40 tents - should be Tamboti. :x
Maybe there should have got their facts right on camps before book went into print!

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Bushveld Seas: A guide to the seasons in the KNP

Unread postby mfb » Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:33 pm

Picked up this little gem this past week in one of the camps.

It delves into the seasonal "tips" one should look out for at your particular time it deals with animals/birds and trees and it has thouroughly enhanced our kruger trip. In June at the moment one should look out for whitebacked vultures nesting, we saw a number of these and the flowering of the impala lilly which is actually quite a beautiful little plant.

A definite buy for anyone wanting to gain a little inside info.

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Unread postby mfb » Wed Jun 29, 2005 8:18 pm

Hi Johann,

Author: KNP and Jacan education
Pub: Jacana
ISBN: 1874955077

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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Fri Jul 01, 2005 1:15 pm

Which of the historical sites in the north are accessible to the public?
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