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In response to the name of this thread "Did you know?" I can only answer: No, I didn't know Grantmissy! :) What an interesting thread! Thanks to all who are taking part in it! Lots and lots of interesting history! Wonderful! I hope there are many more to come! :clap: :clap:

@ MM: Just want to tell you that I found a copy of Harry Wolhuter's book "Memories of a Game Ranger" at Exclusive Books. Thanks again for giving me the name of the book. :D I haven't started reading it yet, still busy with another book that I want to finish first. :wink:

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Hi Hilda :D I think it is nice to have people interested in historical Kruger telling us intereting things about it. Thanks MM, Rooies and Ndloti :thumbs_up:

Apparently during those times that Rooies have mentioned where brave tourists to Kruger were protected by thorn kraals at night there were no rules and visitors came and went as they wished :D . I think incidences of malaria must have been very high during that bygone era especially during the rainy summer months. What would have been nice to do as a tourist in that period was the train trip through the southern Kruger - perhaps it was a bit more safe and comfortable although I think it must have been expensive as the infrastructure was not as sophisticated to allow for easy travels.

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Kruger did not have money to buy tents but had plenty of thorn trees and bushes. The visitors where required to bring their own tents and the reserve staff would then construct a thorn kraal for them which offered some protection against the animals.


Initially the rangers (who were often expected to be tourism officers and policemen) were expected to share their accomodation , in fact Stevenson Hamilton reminisced about a ranger complaining about a tourist who used his toothbrush!

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Initially the rangers (who were often expected to be tourism officers and policemen) were expected to share their accomodation , in fact Stevenson Hamilton reminisced about a ranger complaining about a tourist who used his toothbrush!

Oh no! I can just imagine!! :hmz:

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Denis Conolly writes as follows in his book “The Tourist in South Africa”: “Shingwidzi is a delightful camp with the huts forming a square amongst the Mopani trees and the Ilala Palms with the fire places and cooking facilities in the centre of the square. Shawo is a resting spot on the way to Letaba. Letaba is set amongst a luxuriant forest of wild-fig and mbandu trees. The Maroela Caravan Camp is reached by driving through the Orpen Rest Camp". :D Unfortunately it was not indicated anywhere in the book when it was published. In a little cookbook for the camper from I think the same period some advice is given regarding camp fire etiquette: “The person who shoves a stump of wood deeper into the camp fire with his foot is inappropriate behavior which does not belong next to the camp fire”. :D Some of the firewood recommended is from the matsiara and the musanda trees. The scientific names of these trees are not indicated in the little book so I am not sure what trees they are as I am not familiar with those name.

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Heheh Grantmissy I like that part about shoving wood into the fire with your foot :)
I might be banned from ever attending a braai again.

Although I must say that these days the braais are on stands and I don't think it would be healthy to lift my leg up to that angle to shove wood into the fire... I might just tear something more than my pants. :twisted:

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I think that it is good advice to shove wood into the fire with your foot (provided that you have a shoe on) Scorpions often hide behind the bark of a piece of wood. It moves backwards as the wood becomes hotter on the other end. When you grab the end of the wood with your hands to shove it deeper into the fire, you may get a nasty sting. This advice was given to me by a ranger in Botswana.

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Although I must say that these days the braais are on stands and I don't think it would be healthy to lift my leg up to that angle to shove wood into the fire... I might just tear something more than my pants.

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Baffers and Rooies:lol. Provided a person have shoes on I think I will also follow Rooies' method :wink:. Linked to what MM and Ndloti told us regarding Lt-Colonel Stevenson-Hamilton I have read in the Readers Digest 1981 book “South Africa’s Yesterday’s” that he was determined to enforce the no-shooting law that was being ignored by hunters and he showed that he meant business when he prosecuted a senior police officer for shooting a Wildebeest and fined him £5.00.

Today, as in the past many people use a caravan for accommodation on their holidays to Kruger and other National Parks as I have seen many of them. In the same book mentioned I have read that in 1927 the forerunner of today’s modem caravan was the “road yacht” which was 5,5m long and had two single-berth cabins, lounge, galley and shower-bath :D. It is further mentioned in the book that a certain Mr and Mrs Dotter traveled through South Africa in a motor caravan which had a teak interior and electric lighting which was charged from the battery 8) . In the book it was mentioned that in 1981 there were an estimated 120 000 caravans on the South African roads of which I think many were destined to Kruger on annual holidays :thumbs_up:

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Mr & Mrs Dotter must have been very rich to travel through SA in such a luxurious motor caravan! Electric lighting and all! :D Thanks for sharing Grantmissy! :thumbs_up:

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The Richtersvelders are great people from the Richtersveld National Park and surrounding regions to the Park. This unique Park may have some harsh conditions climatically wise but it has sometimes been reported in the printed media of the members of the Protea Elderly Food Garden Club who has cultivated a very successful vegetable, fruit and herb garden despite the low annual rainfall :thumbs_up:.

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That is very clever of them! I love these stories - wish I had more time to read so that I could also give some inputs! :redface: Maybe I should try to spend less time on this Forum and read instead? On the other hand, I am reading on the Forum! :wink:

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During 1927, the first visitors entered Kruger, and they had to pay 1 pound per vehicle. During that year the total income for the reserve was a whopping 3 Pounds. More roads were built and Balule styled bungalows were erected. By 1935, the number of vehicles increased to 6000 per year, with 24 000 passengers entering Kruger.

During the period 1935 and 1944, Mr JH Orpen and his wife Eileen bought 7 farms adjacent to Kruger and donated it to the Parks board. The value of the farms in today's terms were R 2,5 billion (24 500 ha).

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Grantmissy wrote:
Meandering Mouse once told us some time ago just after I have joined the forum about her visit to a grave in Satara of a ranger who passed away and I think she took the remaining family of the person who died along with her.


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Ndloti, thank you :thumbs_up:

History is my great love.

lets just keep this thread going.

Grantmissy,

James was on the one hand, not the best British officer. He failed his officers exams a number of times.
His journals, through the eyes of Jane Carruthers, show a man of conscience.

Possibly the bush allowed him to think outside of the British army strictures, yet he used army discipline and training to good effect..

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