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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:19 pm 
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1986/7, was about 5 years old, can only remember swimming in the pool and BnD. Kinda didn't know what I was getting myself into, an absolute love for the park and what it represents.

Thanks for the bringing those memories back to the fore.

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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Yoh, some people have been going for ages!! I went for the first time with my girlfriend, now Fiancé, in 2010 and we have since had 9 trips to the Kruger since then!


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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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Cannot remember the year exactly but it was before Crocodile bridge was upgraded to its current style.The bungalos where just square blocks painted white and in the evenings the staff would come and light the parafin lamps the smell of which i can remember as if it was yesterday (maybe that is why i still use parafin lamps when camping today).

I never went back for years after that, then I got posted to the park in 1990 while doing national service to the crocodile bridge area. Oom Louis Olivier was the game ranger at the time.

Today my wife and I go back at least twice a year if not more.We have traveled extensively though out southern Africa but keep coming back to Kruger it is like a drug.


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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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First visit was 1966 en route back from the then Northern Rhodesia. We stayed at Punda Marie for a few nights


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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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1961 when I was 5 years old. Just had my 85th trip on the 21 March long weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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1967 School tour. Stayed at Pretoriuskop. Ate Elephant Biltong.

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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Probally 1985, been their around 30 times and to other parks aswell.

I will buy land their if I can, :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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1995 - aged 31. A late starter, but a confirmed addict. I've been back every year since (except for the year I had an all expenses paid trip to Afghanistan courtesy of the Australian Army) and reckon that in the 19 years since my first visit I've probably spent the equivalent of about 5-6 years full time in the park!


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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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Visited in 1955 as a youngster, can only remember staying in the tents in Pretoriuskop, and seeing my first pile of elephant dung :redface: My next visit was in 1973 and regularly after that :D

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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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1977 with the Whole family .. I was almost a 1 year old. Still loving it and cannot think of a better place to get away from it all.


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 Post subject: Re: When was your first visit to the Kruger National Park?
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My first trip was before I was married, which was in 1976.

I remember the peace and quiet, the wonder of seeing the animals close up, the smell of the thatch, the biltong, and my first ever braai!!!

It was where my love affair with Kruger (and Africa in general) began!!! :dance: :dance:

I have visited there 27 times since, and that is not including the day visits we now enjoy from Phala Gate, that is actual overnight stays in the various camps. :dance:

We didn't discover the far north until 2009.............and what a find that was!!!! :clap: :clap:

Hoping to have many more trips there...........in fact we stay overnight in Skukuza, on our way down to the KZN North Coast next week!! :thumbs_up:

Long may it last!!! :thumbs_up:

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