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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:37 am 
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The smell of the reception office at the entrance gate,
The sounds of nature and not of cars, planes and trains,
The incredible animals big and small, the plants and trees,
The anticipation of what could be behind the next bush we pass,
The excitement of being the first to spot something special,
The wait in front of the gate at gate opening time early morning,
The friendly talk with all and any, everybody seems more tolerant here,
The scenes unfolding at a waterhole when time is spent watching and not rushing,
The solitude and peace at a picnic spot early in the morning before the crowds arrive,
The tracks on the dirt road that tells a story of who passed by last night,
The little bar of soap and fresh towels waiting on the bed,[/color]
But maybe it is that GOD in HIS infinite wisdom knew that this one forumite can only truely recharge and find himself in this incredible place we call Kruger.[/quote]


I have to say that i think this discription of the Kruger is so true just when i was reading it did it bring so many pictures in my mind it took me right back. I really want to go back now.

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IMHO: In the Kruger we evolve into what we were put on earth to be ......... the artificial city life and its evil demands strip us of our true purpose and I believe the true visitors to Kruger experience this divine experience.

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I'm reading the thread here and non other forums at least once a day if I can. I think everything that is said here can actually apply to all of us because when you read it you think..."yeah, that is how I feel about it too, just didn't think about it in that way..." :hmz: I am getting married on the 27th of February, 15 days and counting. :tongue: I wish that I could go to Kruger for just 5 days, just to get my balance back and get centered again, because this last minute preperations and running around to get all the final organisation done, is really getting to me on many levels. Our honeymoon was sponsored by my parents and will be in the Drakensberg, and I am looking so forward to it. The mountains have their own beauty and wonder, but I don't think it will ever top what we feel when we go the KNP. Hehehehe, if it was to be in the Kruger, my fiancee and me would surely have skipped the party to get there as fast as possible! :mrgreen: Aaaah how my soul craves to be back at home...

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Let me tell you what heappened at Tamboti, I've copied it from another forum where I posted it before, but I would like to share it with you guys as well...

We have stayed in Tamboti on several occations but none was a memorable as the last time, June 2009...Can't remember the exact number of the tent (2-sleeper) but I do remember our late evening visitor... a small spotted gannet decided that our braaivleis fire was the place to be. It was a bit chilly that evening, but we could still sat outside with our short sleeves and shorts. We were sitting on the stairs with our wine and chatting while enjoying the bush in all its splendor when the gannet appeared from under the stairs and stood there looking at us as if sizing us up as friend or foe. It obviously decided we're friendly and went to make itself comfortable under the fire's stand. Our camping chairs were standing on the little paved platform as well and we decided to move closer to the fire since that is where one should be on an evening like that. The gannet was weary and moved away a bit, but as soon as we were settled in, it came back to lie down, about 1 m from my feet, curled up like a housecat! It was amazing! It kept us company until the fire was ready to braai, then it left, looked back at us once and moved on to probably go and get its own food for the night... We felt truely blessed and humbled, it was an amazing experience! :pray:

Of course there is a lot of other small animals in Tamboti, from snakes and ground birds to duiker and steenbok. The koedoes that came to the fence was magnificent and the hornbill that kept us company from dawn to dusk, never further than a meter away, made that stay unforgettable and very special... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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[quote="GT_Steel"]"The smell of the reception office at the entrance gate,
The sounds of nature and not of cars, planes and trains,
The incredible animals big and small, the plants and trees,
The anticipation of what could be behind the next bush we pass,
The excitement of being the first to spot something special,
The wait in front of the gate at gate opening time early morning,
The friendly talk with all and any, everybody seems more tolerant here,
The scenes unfolding at a waterhole when time is spent watching and not rushing,
The solitude and peace at a picnic spot early in the morning before the crowds arrive,
The tracks on the dirt road that tells a story of who passed by last night,
The little bar of soap and fresh towels waiting on the bed,[/color]
But maybe it is that GOD in HIS infinite wisdom knew that this one forumite can only truely recharge and find himself in this incredible place we call Kruger."

I have to say that i think this discription of the Kruger is so true just when i was reading it did it bring so many pictures in my mind it took me right back. I really want to go back now.


I must say it feels soooo real, like I'm in Kruger (I can smell it :tongue: )


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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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moonflower wrote:
...... I've copied it from another forum where I posted it before, but I would like to share it with you guys as well...


Is there another Kruger Park forum ?

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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GrahamKing wrote:
IMHO: In the Kruger we evolve into what we were put on earth to be ......... the artificial city life and its evil demands strip us of our true purpose and I believe the true visitors to Kruger experience this divine experience.

Graham


So true Graham...

I am in a situation where my wife can't take leave as she just started working for the business a few months ago. With christmas and all not alot of leave left. I so badly want to take leave and go there for 2 weeks. But that is not possible. So I booked 2 days in march. It's not alot but atleast it's something!

Kruger is the best....


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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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Reading from these lately posts, it is again confirmed - it is a special place.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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krouxsa wrote:
I so badly want to take leave and go there for 2 weeks. But that is not possible. So I booked 2 days in march. It's not a lot but at least it's something!

Kruger is the best....


Pity you can only take 2 days ....... one only starts feeling the true Kruger feeling after about 2 days !!!!!!!!!

Where & when are you going for those 2 days ?

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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Going to Pretoriuskop.
Only space that I found that time. We are 4 people....

Yeah it's only 2 night this time, but come August im in here for 10 Days!!! Starting at Shingwedzi working all the way down to CrocBridge.

Cant Wait!!!


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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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krouxsa wrote:
Yeah it's only 2 night this time, but come August im in here for 10 Days!!! Starting at Shingwedzi working all the way down to CrocBridge.

Cant Wait!!!


The 10 days in Kruger sounds awesome ........ my wife and I did the same last year February, we stayed at Shingwedzi, then Letaba and ended at CrocBridge.

In November last year we did CrocBridge and Maroela ................

In May this year we are doing Tsendze and Balule :big_eyes: :thumbs_up:

Hope you enjoy your trip !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks Graham

Wil sure do.
This is our itenary so far...

6, 7 August - Shingwedzi
8 August - Balule
9, 10 August - Lower Sabie
11 August - Croc Bridge
12 August - Lower Sabie
13, 14 August - Pretoriuskop.

Would love to stay a few more nights in Lower Sabie, but availability is the problem at the moment.

Cant wait!!!!


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krouxsa wrote:
Thanks Graham

Wil sure do.
This is our itenary so far...

6, 7 August - Shingwedzi
8 August - Balule
9, 10 August - Lower Sabie
11 August - Croc Bridge
12 August - Lower Sabie
13, 14 August - Pretoriuskop.

Would love to stay a few more nights in Lower Sabie, but availability is the problem at the moment.

Cant wait!!!!


Camping or staying in Bungaloes ?

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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Mostly Huts and Safari Tents. 2 nights in Bungalows.
If it was upto me I would have wanted all Huts.
They are way less than the bungalows and pretty much offers the same.

Paying R315- R350 for 2 persons a night in Safari Tent/Hut is really affordable!
I can't justify the extra R200 - R300 for bungalows.

Of course the campings is even cheaper but i don't mind paying the extra money.
I have alot of video/photo equipment and they do need charging at some stage so it would be best for me to have power points. We also tend to stay until the gates close so dont want the hassle of setting up camp at each site.

Much better in the morning to go for shower, coffee and rusks and pack before waiting 15 odd mins before gate opens . Elimanates some of the admin.


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You`ve said it all. Cant think of another thing to add.
Camping for me please as close to the fence as possible. Will be in the park for 15 days in December @ R2475.00 total. Where is there a better place to naturally detox.
Yeah Moonflower all the best for your wedding day :popcorn: and wish you and yours many many years of happiness and returns to Paradise.

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