I also do not have photos and only started going to Kruger in 2002, 2003. Geez, years wasted...
But I would like to share this story that is in the book "Prime Origins Guide to Exploring Kruger" by Brett Hilton-Barber & Professor Lee R Berger, which I found humerous when I read it.
Being drunk in the bush is an invatation to danger. However, to every rule there is an exception. In Wild Life in South Africa, James Stevenson-Hamilton recounted the experience of a ranger called Sakubona in the early days of Kruger's history. Late one night an inebriated Sakubona returned home from a party at a nearby kraal when he literally walked into a lion along a narrow bushpath.
"According to his own account, he felt indignant, and after inquiring of the lion what it meant by blocking his road in this manner, poked it on the nose with his stick, on which it growled, bit him in the leg , and then ran away." The next morning a ranger examined the footprints and tracks and confirmed there had been some sort of incident involving man and lion.
"Of course no-one, not even Sakubona himself," wrote Stevenson-Hamilton "Knows what exactly did happen but he assuredly did have a single-handed and unarmed encounter with a lion in the dark, and came off best. Personally, I think had he been sober the result might have been unfortunate for him, but he was in just that condition when it is impossible to know fear. He had arrived at just that stage of spiritual elevation when a man feels there is nothing in the world of which he is not capable. Also of course, there are lions and lions!"
When the Park opened to tourism Sakubona supplemented his income as a gate guard by rolling up his trousers and showing his scars to tourists for a small fee.
Quite an encounter, ain't it..?