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Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Merlin11 » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:17 am

Hi, when we were in Kruger in September/October we sent in total about 20 postcards, some to the UK and some to USA. These were posted from various camps, Lower Sabie, Skukuza, Satara, Mopani. As yet, not one of these cards has arrived :( Now, I didn't expect the cards to arrive the next day but just how long should I expect before they arrive from Kruger :hmz:
Skukuza 16/10/15 to 21/10/15
Lower Sabie 22/10/15 to 24/10/15
Satara 25/10/15 to 29/10/15
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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Hugh » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:26 am

South Africa is in the throws of a beeeg postal strike so nothing is being delivered to the homes and nothing going out It just sits there in the main Post office occasionally something slips through . We are waiting for two months of a weekly mag we receive from the UK and so far we have had two . So when the strike is finally over you postcards will get through . just hold thumbs
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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Merlin11 » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:29 am

That explains it, thank you so much, hopefully they will arrive at some point, most of the cards were for our grandchildren, we sent as many different animal cards as we could find :D
Skukuza 16/10/15 to 21/10/15
Lower Sabie 22/10/15 to 24/10/15
Satara 25/10/15 to 29/10/15
Lower Sabie 30/10/15
Fly Home 31/10/15

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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:37 am

Hoping they will arrive......later than sooner! :tongue:
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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Elephantears » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:01 am

Interesting Merlin, I was about put a post regarding the same thing! We have posted a half dozen postcards to UK and USA from B n D and another dozen from Skukuza( and with a post office!)on the first week of September. We chose these camps to post the cards as they are relatively close to main gates and in the hope that they have a better chance of been collected and arrive at the intended destination within a few weeks!
We have given up on those postcards and printed with our own photos and sent them from home and feel the better for it except if I remember correctly the cards and stamps weren't that cheap!!
If the cards from Kruger arrive by Christmas it will be a nice surprise!

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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby suebfly » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:25 am

Sadly there is no end to this strike in sight so don't hold your breath - but as you say it will be a nice surprise if the cards eventually arrive. The other day I heard about a letter that was delivered 50 years after it was sent - sadly the recipient was no longer alive but a relative received it :tongue: :think:

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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Porridge » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:32 am

Sorry about that, Elephantears and Merlin. Our not-so-esteemed Post Office has been striking for over 6 months now, and as sue said, no end in sight (Not that they do anything when they aren't striking, but anyway ... :tongue: )
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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Merlin11 » Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:56 am

Thanks everyone, I'm no longer too bothered about the cards to grown ups but it's the grandchildren cards I am disappointed in, still strikes are part of our lives these days!

What a brilliant idea Elephantears, we are going to take this idea up and make our own, as it happens I have 6 SA stamps left, we'll print our photos, stick these stamps on and put them through their door :D thank you so much for sharing this.

As a suggestion could the camps in Kruger just post on the letter boxes ( or somewhere in the camp) the information regarding the Post Office strike, if I had of known about this when we were there I would have just bought the important cards home and posted them from here?
Skukuza 16/10/15 to 21/10/15
Lower Sabie 22/10/15 to 24/10/15
Satara 25/10/15 to 29/10/15
Lower Sabie 30/10/15
Fly Home 31/10/15

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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Foxy » Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:30 am

So sorry about your postcards. The longer the PO strikes the longer it still take for my speeding fine to arrive :twisted:. Pointless posting Christmas presents / cards to anyone - they might get them in time for next Christmas :roll:

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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Stampajane » Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:41 am

On a slightly different postcard note, my mother has had the habit, over many years, of writing a postcard to herself on the last day of any holiday, all about the holiday, and mailing it. She has this box of old postcards, mostly from Kruger, that are mini diaries of all the holidays she has enjoyed.

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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby saraf » Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:29 am

What a lovely idea Stampajane, and what memories.
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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby anne catherine » Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:17 pm

Merlin,one year i posted all my postcards for France in Lower-Sabie.
They never arrived :(
Now i post them at Johannesburg airport,they arrive about 15 days or three weeks after me.

Hope yours will arrive soon;last year i posted a few postcards at Swakopmund,Namibia,2 months to arrive :roll:

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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby inyanga 1 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:27 am

what about mail into sa from uk?

we're sending our usual 'pictures from our trips' calender by international signed for. Last year it got stuck in benoni sorting office only because the firm had closed for the hols. it had arrived there within days..

in the past cards from the parks take up to three weeks to get back so it's obviously bad now :cry:

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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby NetEk » Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:24 pm

The companies in SA (subcriptions like Mags) are starting to contact their clients to get their orders to them via emails (Mags) or private couriers. I have not receieved a single mail item in my box for 6 weeks. (except the Junk mail that doesn't go through the Post Office)
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Re: Sending postcards home from Kruger

Unread postby Elephantears » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:28 pm

An update, some our lucky recipients have got their postcards from Kruger on Tuesday! However, these are just the few of the cards we posted from BnD and the bulk posted from Satara has not made it to England yet. Merlin, I hope your grand children's cards will start to arrive soon too.


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