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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:26 pm 
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Kruger itself

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
Unread postPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:19 am 
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No where in the world can you find such magical sunsets, big old tees and all sorts of creatures great and small to entertain you and release the stress of the modern world.

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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Without going through the whole thread I imagine someone has mentioned this already, but its that soft crunch of the gravel from the tyres... as you inch your way closer to your "photographic" prey...


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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:43 pm 
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Don't think I can narrow it down to something specific.

Is it the smell of the thatch, the unexpected sighting when you turn a corner, the adrenaline when caught in an elephant roadblock on a narrow road, dancing flames of the braai fire at night, the feeling you get that something is watching you when at night you walk along the fence, the solitude with no other human around at a waterhole while watching life goes by or is it that bar of soap?

After all the years visiting, the feeling is still the same and when we enter the gate, it grips your whole being. Suddenly time doesn't matter anymore (except for gate times) and it is just you and mother nature.

For me Kruger will never reveal her true magic, just bit by bit to have us coming back for more.


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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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It is the anticipation of making your booking, drawing up of lists, stocking up, packing. The day before we leave for the Kruger is the craziest day in our household. We collect the trailer (a hired one), we take our beloved Coco (cat) to the cattery, we pack the trailer with almost everything except the cooler boxes. We hardly sleep, we leave Edenvale at app. 4.30 am. We are a very close family (all 3 of us), we all love the Kruger. The trip going to Kruger is always filled with talking and laughter, we stop at Tzaneen (Spur) for breakfast and as we approach our beloved Kruger we tend to stop talking and I think the excitement and anticipation of our holiday becomes a reality. We always have a "prize" for the person who spots the first animal (Impala excluded). The Kruger is so special because not only are we on holiday away from the rat race but it is also exciting because one never knows what you are going to see or when you are going to see it. It is also special because we make a fire every night and we cook together and just have lots of family time without telephones ringing or TVs blaring in the background. The thought of something watching you while you are looking through the fence into the darkness (specially at Tamboti) is so very, very exciting. The Kruger park holds thousands of special memories for me, from the sound of our tyres when entering through the Phalaborwa gate (my favourite of all the gates), to the smell of the shops, to the smell of the tents/huts, to the feel of the sheets, to the smell of the new day as the sun rises, to the smell of the early morning bush, that is what is so special about the Kruger :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: What is so very special about Kruger Park?
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I see Duques started this off on 5 November 2008, have not seen all the pages yet but judging by the amount of posts and pages, and some of the posts: It is a place that is indescribable, many things to many people.
Kruger holds a special place in many peoples hearts and lives and even in death (memorial benches and other special places for our past on fellow Krugerparkers )
There is no place anywhere in the world remotely close to Kruger, it gets under your skin and sucks you in.

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