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 Post subject: Re: Your Earliest Memories of Kruger
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I have many memories of Kruger, My first memory , but probably not the 1st trip- Along the lower sabie road, it was still sand then , we spottes a troop of vervet monkeys. We did the wind up the window thing as in those days the monkeys and baboons regularly hitched rides on the car. But we had no aircon so we left a tiny gap to keep some circulation going in the heat. My brother was eating a biscuit and as quick as a flash this little hnad stretcehd in the window and grabbed the biscuit out of his hand. He was only about a year old and screamed so loud the monkeys fled into the neares tree :lol:

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One December afternoon I hitched a ride with the Talamati game viewing vehicle from Orpen back to Talamati .The Nwatwitsontso river was in flood and I had arrived at Orpen as a guest of the Talamati camp manager .
Stopping for a leg stretch at dusk , I was walking back to the vehicle and saw a maned lion walking parallel and slightly ahead of me in the direction of the vehicle . I continued walking , now very silently , of course wanting to close the distance to the vehicle , fortunately the lion continued without hearing me .

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Ndloti, mine was fake and I almost s&%$ myself! Don't want to know what I would have done if it was me in your shoes..... :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Your Earliest Memories of Kruger
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my first trip began later in my life (my parents were/are beach goers) so it was about 7 years ago when i went on a holiday to hazeyview and managed to book one nyte at the lower sabie camp. on entering at the old paul kruger gate i was hooked. my first sighting was of a wild dog pack. those two days and one nyte have been imprinted in my mind and since then i have managed to get back to the park a lot more :D

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 Post subject: Re: Your Earliest Memories of Kruger
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waiad wrote:
my first sighting was of a wild dog pack.

not bad... not bad at all!! :big_eyes: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Your Earliest Memories of Kruger
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Our first trip to Kruger was a day trip - 30 minutes into the park and the first animals (apart from impis) we saw, were two beautiful leopards. We were thrilled! I was hooked!!! ....
until dear SO told me the dinner plate sized 'prints' I saw were made by an elephant, and the funny 'zig-zag pattern' was made by its trunk :slap: :redface: I was a nervous wreck! :shock: Expected an elephant behind every bush (still do today)

Couldn't stay away, though. We were on holiday at Blydepoort at the time and I clearly remember our next trip ... the following day!! :lol:
We left VERY early and were one of the first cars at the gate. The birth of a long and happy relationship with the park..... 1987 - (hopefully for many years to come)

Next big Park discovery? The Forum! And Spotted Cat was 'born' :dance:
2007 - (hopefully many years to come)

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 Post subject: Re: Your Earliest Memories of Kruger
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It was definitely not my first visit, that being in 1950, but it was very funny at the time. It must have been around 1962 and wildlife in the camps were rife. One evening late my aunt, coming from the ablutions in her nightwear, was chatting to us through the screens on the stoep. Suddenly she cried "Voertsek, voertsek" (go away, go away) and tried to push the screen door open. There was an hyena sniffing at her feet and she was dancing and pushing alternately, never realising she should pull the door open. My mother helped her out of her misery by opening the door, but I do not think she went outside at night for the rest of the trip!
On that same trip my cousin ran after what he thought was an hyena to chase it away and it turned out to be a lioness.
If I think what a commotion the leopard in Tambotie caused, we must have been very brave!

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I guess my first memory of Kruger was when I was about 4 or 5 years old (that would have been in 1961/62). I recall us (the entire family, mom, dad, four kids) in the family Kombi. It was a day trip, think we went in at Numbi (we used to travel from the Cape to visit family in Pretoria, then went on to stay on smallholding on the Nelspruit-Sabie road). Anyhow, it was a slightly rainy day, but in a single day trip we saw not only the big 5, but Cheetah as well! Memorable day, also remember getting smacked late in the afternoon when I had a fight with one of my brothers.
Then another memory, shortly thereafter (I think it was the same June/July period). My dad checked at Skukuza and found us accomodation in the park! Three whole nights in Lower Sabie. This was going to be the greatest event ever! We arrived at Lower Sabie, then discovered that they had basically ploughed up a section of bush to the upriver area of the camp as it was then. They had pitched tents for folks to use, in neat rows (but on a ploughed slope) We had two tents for the family, I shared the tent with my parents, while my brothers and sister shared the other tent. This was magic for a young kid. Then the thunderstorms started, and the rain. And it rained....at about 9 pm the water started flowing through the tent. Shortly thereafter the central tent pole started falling over...By this time my siblings' tent had collapsed, and we were all in one tent, with all our luggage piled onto the bed, us sitting on the camp beds with 10 cm of water flowing through the tent. The next few hours were spent like that, with my father and brothers sporadically rushing out into the rain to hammer in the tent pegs, to stop the tent from falling over.
For some or other reason, m parents decided to pack up the next morning....could not understand why, the sun was shining!

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 Post subject: Re: Your Earliest Memories of Kruger
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The first trip that can remember was July 1966. On a specific day we travelled from Skukuza to Nwanedzi to have a picnic there. (The S100 did not exist, so we took the S37) At that stage we lived on a farm and I took my 'kettie' with me wherever I went and thought that my trusted 'kettie' would be adequate protection if a lion decided to attack.

On the way my father stopped to look at something in the distance. It is then that I looked the to my right and saw this Francolin standing no more that 5 yards away from the car. I aimed at him and he looked at me as if he was saying "you can't shoot me because this a game reserve" I decided, bugger you and let loose with the 'kettie'

Frankie was no more but then all hell broke loose. Dad took a swipe at me, got out of the vehicle and gave me the hiding of my life. Back at Skukuza, my sister continued mocking me by saying "daddy hit you today-hay, daddy hit you today-hay" So I grabbed one of her shoes and threw it into the Sabie river. Guess what happened next?........

On a serious note, some of the best memories were when we approached camp at dusk and smelled all the camp fires, the communal braais, the last minute shopping and the night sounds. In some way, I wish I could relive those days. "Beam me back Scotty"

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 Post subject: Re: Your Earliest Memories of Kruger
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As a child I remember the smell of the Kruger veldt especially the grass after baking in the hot sun whilst eagerly waiting for the lions and hyenas to show themselves, the family braaivleis evenings, the openness and friendliness of the other Kruger goers and the light of the oil lamps from nightfall onwards. Those are my earliest memories.

Oh, also the Brasso copper fire hose fittings and the shiny Brasso taps in the camps - it reminded me of the brightest and most sparkling clean fire engine. I remember asking my grandfather why they kept the brasso so clean and he proudly told me: Because this is the Kruger. Just that and I knew he was right.

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Oh, also the Brasso copper fire hose fittings and the shiny Brasso taps in the camps - it reminded me of the brightest and most sparkling clean fire engine. I remember asking my grandfather why they kept the brasso so clean and he proudly told me: Because this is the Kruger. Just that and I knew he was right.


I remember the shiny Brasso taps :clap:
Really was a proudly Kruger thing!

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I havent read through the whole thread here but I remember when I was a pup and my old man drove a little Mini Minor. And he had a wooden bench and he'd get us all up at like I dont know what hour but it was in Springs and still dark when we got to KNP gates so go figure. Anyway, he'd pile us all in the car. And my sister would sleep on the back seat of the Mini and I'd sleep on the bench squeezed between the front and back seats. Child abuse I reckon but we loved it. And my Mom would make boiled eggs and little cocktail sausages. And we'd eat this on the way. And zoo biscuits. Plenty of them. So many that the inside of your moth got raw from sucking and licking that marzipan off them. And then we'd actually wait at the gates for opening time.

Anyway, when we got to go in there was always a prize for the first oke who spots this or that animal or bird or whatever. And the person who spotted the most got the title game spotter number 1. Really nuts and childish but heck, we enjoyed it and these memories are so vivid whereas a lot of others have faded. I dont know why. And when we go to KNP nowadays, even if it's just me and my wife, I force this little game on her. And she complains a bit but joins in OK after a while.

In the camps I remember swept sand around the bungalows. And when you wanted to cook meat or something on the fire, then some oke would bring you a shovelful of coals and toss it down where you can cook.

Now one time the old man reckoned it was time for him and his son to bond a bit so he brought along a two man tent. An orange one and I still have it and I cabinned with my son in the thing when he was pretty small. He's mid twenties now. Just in the backyard here and my staffie chewed up the tent posts because we let her sleep in there with us. But anyway, that night that the old man and me got to bonding was pretty interesting. Because I had these little brown leather sandles. Like the old granny sandles we all used to wear. And in the morning there was one of them lying outside the tent chewed into like a little ball of leather and rubber. And the other one was gone. And the game ranger reckoned it was a hyena so we only did the one night of bonding because my mom said the old man could go and do some bonding out there by himself but her kids could bond with him back home.

I went on a few school trips as well but didnt really enjoy them. I remember the movies out in the open and the dormitaries and things. Not bad but not the ideal way to go for me.

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I remember as a little girl in the mid sixties, playing on a concrete structure that had a iron pole jutting out of it in Skukuza overlooking the river. We played imaginary games there for what seemed like hours.

I also remember all the kids playing cricket on a big open patch near the entrance to Satara camp when a couple of lions strolled through the gates. Us kids all rushed to have a look, our mothers all yelled for us to come back and the guards hurried to shoosh them out and close the gates. Pandemonium reigned for a short while!


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