Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 2 of 5
 [ 64 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next
Author Message
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:43 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:52 pm
Posts: 3403
Location: Africa's Largest City
Must do's
Switch of all radios cds, ipods etc and listen to the bush orchestra
stop and watch even the most common animals like the impala. They are entertaining in their own way
Stop at a picnic site and have a HUGE breakfast of bacon, egg, pork sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, banana toast- all cooked on the skottle
Relax around the fire at night with a glass or 2 or 3 of wine. When the braai is over a glass of Amarula
Cofee and muffins at some odd place on the early morning drive. Sometimes while you are just sitting in the car an interesting sighting arrives. In fact in feb this year 3 lion cubs arrived for a drink at a tiny puddle on the side of the road, and we were the only onesw to see them :lol:

_________________
"In the end we conserve only that which we love, we love only that which we understand, we understand only that which we are taught"
(Baba Dioum, Senegalese Ecologist)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:45 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:09 am
Posts: 38
Location: Wilro Park - Roodepoort
The following are my musts -

    Switch off radios, cell phones, etc. as soon as the entry gate becomes visible.
    Open the windows to smell that gorgeous bush scent.
    Pie, gravy and chips at the nearest camp.
    Watch the sunset with a beer.
    Stick some chops and wors on the braai.
    With torch in hand, go for a camp "perimeter check".
    Have the best nights sleep available to mankind.
    Enjoy and appreciate all the sights and sounds.
    Relax and have fun! :dance:

_________________
Stand Fast


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:40 am 
Offline

Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:01 am
Posts: 565
Location: jhb
Hi Guys

You have to stop at all the camps to look at the sighting boards.
Have a cup of coffee at lower sabie.
stop on the bridge and stretch your legs.
Smell the bush.
When we enter the park we play Johnny Clegg.
Stop at as many dams as possible.
Try and drive on a different road each day.
Spot as many birds as possible.
Write down all the good sighting on the map so when we come back the next time we can say we saw that there.
Look at the big trees.

Man i cant wait to be there again ( 19 more sleeps )

Karl

_________________
Nothing ventured nothing gained, so just do it!!!!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:53 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 28, 2006 5:48 pm
Posts: 105
Location: In UK desperately waiting for the next trip to SA!!
Hi, These are my 'musts' in the Kruger.

Try and contain the big smile on my face when I go through the gate, so that everyone doesn't think I am a bit odd!

Stop and take in that wonderful smell that isn't anywhere else I have visited.

Watch the sunset go down at Olifants and take in the wonderment of the 'Milky Way' when looking at the night sky.

Stop the car nowhere in particular and listen intently ...to acclimatise eardrums to the bush talk.

Lay in bed at night and try and identify the night sounds, then examine the spoor around your accommodation in the morning to see if you were right!

Try desperately not to get a 'strop' on when it is time to leave!

And this time I will be keeping a journal every day to help me post that trip report on this forum!!!

6 weeks to go!!!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:43 am 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 02, 2006 12:11 pm
Posts: 1607
Location: Back on earth.....
Must do's.....hmmm, not in order of importance:

1. Maybe outside the topic, but nr.1 is to visit KNP at least 2 times a year, no max though...

2. Try something different, explore new places like a new camp, strange roads etc.

3. Wake up at leat 2 times at gate opening time, and visit my favorite places.

4. Have at least 1 skottel breakfast, and braai as much as possible.

5. Getting away from all electronic stuff not needed, and relax, enjoy the good moments, imprinting them in one's memory for a life time.

6. Visit birdhides/lookout points etc.

7. Sit around a fire at night, listening to the sounds, and if in the correct camp, admire the stars

8. Do at least 1 activity, ideally 2, like a sunsetdrive/nightdrive/ morning/afternoon walk.

9. Try to see as much as possible, therefore certain roads I just drive once and others 15 times

10. Repeat this as often as one can, you never know when a time will come when its not possible anymore.

_________________
Letaba 8 July, Shipandane 9 July, Shingwedzi 10 - 14 July :D


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:56 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:50 pm
Posts: 7
Location: Phalaborwa
I agree with a lot of the thing said especially Karl. I live 2km from the Phalaborwa gate and with my Wild card can go anytime for a quickie.

My list:
1. Enter the park with sweets and drinks.
2. Everybody in the car is in competition with each other. We keep score of everybody’s sightings with one point for each new species. Lions and Leopard counts 5 points each. We each pay an amount into the kitty and the winner takes all at the end of the day.
3. Take the autovilla to a drinking hole and take an afternoon nap with your loved one. When you wake up you are normally surrounded by all sorts of animals very close. Make some coffee and enjoy both watching your wife sleep and other wonderful creatures.
4. Back at the camp make nice fire and only start braaiing after the 2nd bag of wood is finished. While you watching the Devil dance in the flames listen to the night sounds and try to identify them.
5. With cloudless night discover the stars and get your astronomy up to date. Another competition is to see who spots the most satellites and shooting stars in an hour.
6. Take pictures (that you will never ever look at again)
7. Stop an a bridge where you can get out and look at things below. Identify them. The fish, tracks, terrapins, crocodile and water birds. Stay until you spot the Thicknee and Gray Heron.
When I we want to be close to nature we camp right next to the fence and see the Hyena patrol. With camping there are a lot of noise from other campers so if you want quiet and peace. we stay in a rondawel or chalet.

Regards
Willie


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:47 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:00 pm
Posts: 191
Location: My heart is truly in the bush
Ours is:

Open the car windows wide and take in the bush.

The smell of the grass roof and coolness of the bungalow/rondawel. Since I can remember the bungalows and rondawels smelt like that! Love it!

See how many unusal animals, birds we can spoke.

Have amarula even for a quick breakfast

Ice cold beer in the middle of summer with no aircon in the car!

Breakfast at Afsaal with all the hornbills

Best sleep ever!

Watching the hyeanas patrolling the fence...

Aa wish I was there now... :D

_________________
"People who have nothing to say, speak the loudest." - John Rzeznik


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:26 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:25 pm
Posts: 35
Location: Johannesburg
Ahhhh where do you begin!?

- Drive slowly and unwind into a uniquely Kruger state of mind.

- Pafuri Picnic Site!!!!!!

- Stopping on a bridge, watching pied and Giant Kingfishers diving into the river below.

- Sit on the chalet veranda in the early morning and late evening to absorb the majesty of the bush and its sounds!

- Stay at a sleepover hide!!

- Sit at a hide and just watch...

_________________
the Woosh...
Letaba & Mopani, 27-30 Sep!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Must do's!
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:56 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:55 pm
Posts: 36
Hi all! We visited Kruger in Dec '07/ Jan '08 for about 3 weeks. This has been our 5th trip to the park. We live in Cape Town and drive up with each trip. We start our trip in the Northern part of the Park.

> after unpacking there is nothing better than to make oneself a nice cuppa of whatever, to sit on the 'stoep' and to take in the peace and quiet. To just sit...

> one must always walk around in the park you are staying at. (camera ALWAYS in ones hand!!)

> a definite must is those early mornings, when everyone is still asleep and late at night when everyone has relaxed, to once again just sit and take it in! You and nature...

It always looks so cosy when you are staying at camps for e.g. Shingwedzi, Letaba etc - families sitting around the fire, or playing board games or reading.

> another definite must is to always take other people in consideration, be kind, stick to the rules and don't switch your brain off completely. People can do odd things and can be extremely rude!!

> oh yes! please don't forget to pack a extra bag of patience...

> don't have any expectations!! People have fantasy ideas of the wild... take each day as it comes and you'll find you see a bigger variety of animals etc than when you would have with big expectations!

We met a family who have been going to Kruger for over 11 years and have never seen rhino. On our first trip to Kruger we basically saw the big 5 twice on a daily basis.

Be grateful and enjoy!!

I could go on and on and on... I love the Park!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:13 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:38 pm
Posts: 966
Location: Port Elizabeth
-Sleep in a tent
-Do a wilderness trail
-See a Thick Billed Cuckoo
- Pafuri
-Listen to the sounds at night (No Aircon = Camping)
- Turn the engine OFF at sightings
- Stay at Balule
- Observe Nature as it unfolds
-Learn the trees and biomes
- Fight for the preservation of Kruger...keep it wild
- Have a skottel breakfast at a proper Picnic spot (Pafuri, Babalala, Mooiplaas or Muzanzene

_________________
2009
Punda Maria Sept 27,28
Bateleur Sept 29,30 (free award)
Tamboti Oct 1,2,3,4
Biyamiti Oct 5,6,7,8

FGASA Local Area Guide

Nikon D700 FX, Nikkor 24-70 G f2.8, Nikkor 70-200VR f2.8, Nikkor 200-400 VR f4, Nikon 1.4 & 1.7 Convertors


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park must dos!!!!
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:29 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:57 pm
Posts: 1
1. NO radio - nature is providing you with soul-calming sounds and sights. Don't allow anything to take away from the experience.

2. No chasing of the big five - appreciate all the small things. Stop in the shade of a tree and watch a squirrel. Take time to look at a little wild flower. Listen to the rustling wind and the 'sonbesies'. Look at the different shades of red in the sky during a sunset. Experience the peacefulness. If you do spot a lion or leopard... bonus!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park must dos!!!!
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:44 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:42 am
Posts: 62
Location: MontanaPark, Pretoria
Before entering - make sure that the camera is out of the bag and ready because you don't know what to expect.
- Drive with open windows to smell & hear the field
- Leave the camp at gate opening times
- Leave your "diet" at home
- no restrictions on number of ice-cream for the kids!

_________________
25 - 26 January 2014 - Skukuza
27 April 2014 - 3 May 2014 - Berg&Dal + Skukuza (Camping)
9 - 19 July 2014 - Skukuza + Satara (Camping)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park must dos!!!!
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:28 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:21 am
Posts: 5424
Location: SA
FAC Member (2013)
Just after entering the Phalaborwa Gate there is a turn-off into a gravel road to the left and although we have never had great sightings we always feel that we have arrived in Kruger as this gravel road has that amazing “you are now in the bush feeling” and the smell of the veld is incredible. We once saw a huge black mamba just after turning into it but just for a few seconds as it disappeared into the grass very quickly. For us a must do when entering Kruger.

_________________
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language - Martin Buber


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park must dos!!!!
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:09 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:42 pm
Posts: 1645
Location: Paulshof, Gauteng
No radios / newspapers / TV's
Windows open
Out the gate at opening time every morning
At least one champagne breakfast at a picnic spot, cooked on the skottel
Sitting around the fire every night with a glass of wine enjoying the African night
The S100!!! :wall:
A couple of trips ago as we left camp my dad said "eyes down looking for a full house" and almost immediately we saw wild dog, so he now has to say that every time we leave camp :roll:
Sitting at a waterhole sipping ice cold Hansa and Hunters
Trying to imprint sights, sounds and smells in my mind to sustain me till the next visit

_________________
"I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?"

SAY NO TO HOTEL DEVELOPMENTS IN KRUGER


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Kruger Park must dos!!!!
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 1:16 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:38 pm
Posts: 51
Location: Lowveld
Ours is breakfast on skottels at Tshokwane then off to the roads less travelled. Nothing better than the roads less travelled and we have seen alot and the sightings are exclusive - no persons tripping and falling over each other to get a glimpse of the sighting - cause thats when people start doing silly things :naughty:


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 64 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by steffi at 17:07:37 Submitted by sarafl at 21:46:00 Submitted by Kokkewiet at 17:19:31 Submitted by Foxy at 22:34:51