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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:34 pm

michelevictoria wrote:Sunset Dam is a great place to go. Bring some crackers, cheese and a beverage of choice. Beautiful spot and so close to Lower Sabie that you can get back in time before the gate closes.

Sure? That is until your get lost in your own thoughts while watching the sun set, and suddenly you are brought back to earth with a knock on the car's window...
I was 5 minutes late that day :doh: :redface:

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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Pjw » Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:32 pm

Some places we go...
From biyamiti... the Biyamiti causeway
From CB ...the Gesantfombi dam if it has water
From Satara ...Nsemani dam
from Skukuza...the delaporte waterhole or my beat the Mathekenyane rock/lookout
From Olifants... the Nwamanzi lookout or the low level bridge near Balule
From Letaba... the Letaba river bridge or just one of the benches in the camp at the river
Sigh now I want to be there :wall:
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:34 pm

Sundowners in Kruger are the second best time of the day – after a great day in the bush and looking forward to prepare dinner on the braai coals. (Best time of day is an hour or so before sunrise). Seeing that drinking is no longer allowed it is nowadays best enjoyed in or outside the comfort of your accommodation watching the remains of the day. One of our favourite Kruger sundowners remains gin and tonic – to fight off the mosquitoes and malaria.
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:03 pm

GlenD wrote:Adaptation to the process, thats all.
I can still sip a coke at my favourite sunset spot and a bit later on be at my campsite opening an ice cold beer. Still better than sitting at home in JHBG :tongue:


Glen you are soooooooo right!!!
*Clink*!!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:05 pm

Ok, so we cannot sit at a waterhole to enjoy a sundowner anymore ... do share how you enjoy your sundowners now?

This is to share how we enjoy our sundowners in Kruger, not to 'moan' about the change in the law re drinking at picnic sites etc :wink:
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:47 pm

So now it has become a 'moondowner' :razz:
Give's it a whole new meaning doesn't it?
Will test it myself next year :dance:

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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:57 pm

We didn't ever drink during the day anyway, because we never drink and drive, so we always waited till we were back in camp. :thumbs_up:

When we get back to camp, Dungie goes to the fridge, pours me a cold dry white wine, gets himself a cold Castle, and then he starts to build his fire and get the meat!!
I start to sort the veg, and then when the preps are done and the fire is going, we sit and finish our drinks, while remembering all our sightings (or not)!! A few refills later, we are ready to eat!!! :thumbs_up:

Afterwards we have a coffee and Amarula!! :dance:

Oh darn, now I'm homesick again!! :cry: :cry:
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Stark » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:51 am

Moondowner?? :hmz: :thumbs_up:

Let me describe my favorite moondowner moment. The following is a true story...

Mrs. Stark and Starkling have settled into our tent in Tamboti for the night. There is a chill in the air and I have all the lights out. Sounds from nearby tents are muffled and I can hear the subtle movement of water somewhere beyond the fence. I can see the bushes around the tent, but not beyond. But oh, the stars! I forgot how many, and how bright, they are! I've spent too long in civilization with my nose to the grindstone, my shoulder to the wheel.

But I'm here. Now. I let it all go and breath in the tranquility of the moment.

My eyes are adjusting to the starlight and I can see the silhouette of the far shore - a black horizon of treetops against the illuminated sky. Water splashes, louder this time. The cause is a mystery...this is no time to shine a light. A shooting star streaks across the sky. And another. And another. Off in the distance a hyena calls. Long. Mournful. Primal.

I feel connected as I toast the darkness, the stars, the sounds of the bush. I'm at peace.
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Jun 27, 2012 7:28 am

Moondowner :D

Stark wrote:I feel connected as I toast the darkness, the stars, the sounds of the bush. I'm at peace.


So do I Stark.
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:16 am

Stark, just beautiful ... that is what it is all about 8)
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby rufie » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:39 pm

Hallo there

I used to get out of the car at Shingwedzi bridge and have a nice beer,whiskey or amarula and watch the sunset! Can I still do that?

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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:00 pm

Sorry, but no you can't rufie. :cry:

Alcohol can only be consumed at your own accommodation, not in any public areas of the park or camps.
(Unless you are buying it and sitting in the restaurants!!)

Day visitors cannot bring alcolhol in at all. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby gabbisa » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:45 am

The best sundowner we ever had was near Bateleur Camp. This was a few years back.
We went on the sunset game drive with the ranger/ camp manager "Marc".

He stopped at a fire break after a while and we could get out to enjoy our drinks. After about five min he told us all to keep very still. All of a sudden we were surrounded by about 26 wilddogs (including pups). They came as close to about two meters from us. Some of them ran to the otherside of the vehicle and killed an impala. The one female stood infront of us and started growling.

After this Marc told us to slowly move backward and get on the truck, which we did. From there we watched them feed

I have this all on video - THIS WAS VERY SCARY & EXCITING!

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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:23 am

Wow, that was some Sundowner gabbisa! :clap:
Would love to see the video! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Sundowners in Kruger

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu May 30, 2013 12:43 pm

Watching the sun set over the Olifants River from one of the river view rondawels is good, better with a sundowner and best to wait patiently for and watch the moon rises – especially when it is full moon. Unbeatable.
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