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Close-to-your-Heart Kruger Five List

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:39 am

The Kruger National Park remains a very popular South African National Park, with Kruger roads, animals, activities, picnic sites, camps etc, etc being personal favourites for some of us; even memorabilia or memories from the past could fall in this Kruger Five Close-to-your-Heart List. Anything Kruger.

Mine are:

1) Punda Maria Rest Camp.
2) The tar road between Satara and Skukuza.
3) The smell of braaivleis fires in the evenings.
4) The neatly swept Camps and shiny and proudly looking Brasso fire hose fittings.
5) The Kruger crockery with the green Kudu emblem on them and the green stripe around the edges.

Do you perhaps have a Close-to-your-Heart Kruger Five List?
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Unread postby Imax » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:05 pm

1. The green lawns of Letaba (which sadly are no more)
2. The smell of thatch, that is unique to Kruger
3. Crooks Corner
4. The Jackal Berry with the Portuguese cross carved on it, along the Letaba river.
5. Having an ice-cream sitting on a bench in Lower Sabie

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Unread postby saraf » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:11 pm

What a great topic.

1. Elephants and water. Is there anything happier than an ellie having a bath? Apart from a whole herd having baths?
2. Sunsets. There was a magical one I observed in Shingwedzi a couple of weeks ago. A full moon and an orange sunset, both shining on the pools in the Shingwedzi river bed.
3. Evenings that are so quiet that you can hear the silence.
4. Mahonie Loop - there's a little cul-de-sac leading to a natural pan, which is a great coffee and rusks spot in the mornings.
5. The grass, when its turning from green to golden when it catches the sunlight.
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Unread postby Tollie » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:36 pm

Fellow Krugermites have also played major roles in creating memorable visits:

1. Stopped by oncoming mites to be on the lookout for a specific sighting. I personally have experienced lion, leopard and cheetah sightings which otherwise would have gone unnoticed
2. Friendly wave of the hand to say 'hi'
3. At congested sightings, mites that have purposefully created space to enable viewing - yes, this actually happens!
4. Informative guides on night drives
5. Attitudes of mites in general in having a common focus to enjoy the park

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Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:12 pm

It is very interesting how diverse a “Close-to-the-Heart’’ or a personalized list of 5 favourite Kruger “ things” is or can be. Thank you Imax, Saraf and Tollie for sharing your lists of treasured Kruger “things”/moments/memories/experiences/activities :thumbs_up: .

Kruger remains filled to the brim with plenty of good will and deeds from visitors and amazing nature and animals. And unique Kruger atmosphere. 8) 8) 8)
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Unread postby billyf » Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:19 pm

As you say, these are very personal and varied.
My 5 are :
1. The smell of the thatch roof at Phabeni gate.
2. Watching a family of warthogs doing the knees down thing.
3. Brunch at Pafuri picnic spot
4. Evening in the Shingwedsi Campsite with the fires burning and the smell of braaivleis.
5. Sundowners at Sunset dam.

There are so many more ........
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Unread postby RayK » Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:09 pm

Hi Grantmissy,

1. Pafuri area
2. Shingwedzi, Kanniedood Dam loop roads
3. Mahonie Loop at Punda Maria
4. Satara area
5. SanParks Sunset/Night Drives

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Unread postby PetraJ » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:38 pm

1) Drinking coffee while waiting for the entrance gate to open on the day of entry
2) After a long absence from the park, the first roadblock - when you realize it must be a "BIG" sighting
3) The smell of the thatch roofs
4) Balule
5) Lions roaring at night when you are already in bed

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Unread postby PietSkiet » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:59 pm

:hmz: :hmz: , how to squash 1000 things into 5

1. That last drink before going to bed, sitting in the dark, listening to the night sounds, and watching the coals slowly disappearing
2. Nhlanguleni Picnic Spot. Nothing like a skottel breakfast in Kruger, but this one takes the cake for me
3. Satara, sitting in the circles with braai fires burning everywhere after a productive day (as always when at Satara). This is my home from home
4. The unexpected. There is always something unexpected jumping up around a corner
5. Walking around camp (any camp) and learning with the boys. From finding the hyenas patrolling the fence to looking at interesting flowers and insects. Children have the ability to give small things that you tend to ignore such a different perspective.
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Unread postby Delene D » Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:36 pm

Pietskiet. Nhlanguleni picnic spot is on the map, but I am sure that we haven't been on that road ever in our times in the Kruger. Thanks for pointing it out I will be visiting there with brunch in the basket. Possibly the only picnic place we haven't visited - how did we miss it.

My 5 close to my heart places/things.
Coffee and rusks early mornings at waterhole/dam/river.
Crocodile Bridge camp.
Shingwedzi river drive to Kanniedood dam
Relaxing evenings around braai fire.
Game watching - looking out for leopards (and other predators) which are so elusive.
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Satara 18 - 24 August 2015
Shingwedzi 25 -29 August 2015
Letaba 30 Aug - 05 Sept 2015
Skukuza 06 - 12 Sept 2015
Crocodile Bridge 13 - 20 Sept 2015
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:38 pm

The smell of the Kruger thatch is held close to some of our hearts :D . Including mine :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Hippotragus » Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:56 pm

My 5, in no particular order, are:

1. In the evening watching the braai fires start to light up - especially on the circles at Satara, Letaba and
Shingwedzi. Some people battling to get a fire going, others battling with sky-high flames.

2. Making cooked brunches at one of the picnic sites - especially Pafuri, Mlondozi, N'wanetsi, Timbavati,
Mooiplaas, etc.

3. The area around Pafuri - Crooks' Corner. The huge fever trees (Acacia xanthophloea), the crested
guineafowl, trumpeter hornbills, nyalas.

4. The S39 Timbavati Road - a lovely mixture of open plains and riverine bush.

5. Going on walks from Sand River Bush Camp - just 8 of us and 2 guides with rifles. Getting up close to
the small things like wild flowers, spiders, etc.

Very difficult to think of just 5 things. There are so many things that make a trip to Kruger special.
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:05 am

Hippotragus wrote:Very difficult to think of just 5 things. There are so many things that make a trip to Kruger special.
:)

My second “close-to-my-heart” Kruger Five list :D :

1) The wild herb kind of smell of the Kruger veldt after a thunderstorm in summer.
2) Getting up Kruger early on the sometimes crisp winter mornings and sitting on the Stoep of the Rondawel with a mug of coffee waiting for the gates to open.
3) The gracious Impalas of the Kruger.
4) The old and historic Selati Railway Bridge over the Sabie River.
5) The coolness of and the smell of old books in the Stevenson-Hamilton Library on a hot summers day.
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Unread postby davidhein » Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:30 pm

Only 5??? :big_eyes:
But in no particular order, the 5 that come to mind: :hmz:

1. The Orpen Satara Road
2. Letaba Rest Camps river views before and during sunrise
3. the Nkumbe Lookout
4. The animal calls at night while the fires burn and the braais spread their smells
5. Pafuri region (Crooks Corner)

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Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:28 am

Davidhein I agree with the Letaba river views :D :thumbs_up:
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