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"Joel" from the Old Nwanedzi Camp

Unread postby Oumie » Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:17 am

Does anybody remember Joel who supervised the old Nwanedzi Camp
He was such a gentle and friendly chap. He just loved it when people used to take photo's of him standing next to the visitors, holding something in his hand (so that you could see him first )
He always reminded you to take photo's before you leave :
He showed us his photo albums with tons of photo's of him standing with the visitors He also used to get mail from around the world, and all that was written on the evelope was:
To: Joel
Kruger National Park
South Africa.
And he used to get his mail delivered
His knowledge of the bush was also a bonus, telling us all sorts of stories. He took us one morning down to the river and showed us this huge croc. according to him that one was the biggest in the whole park
One morning when I woke up early and wanted to go to the kitchen ( The kitchen was seperate from the bungelows) to make coffee when Joel saw me and shouted that I must stay at my bungelow because a Leopard was walking around the camp He was busy cleaning the boma out, and laying the table for breakfast. After about an hour he called to say that the Leopard went away and we can now come and have coffee.
And he could cook !
We used to give him a leg of lamb and veggies to make and that evening everything was cooked to perfection. Tables were laid out (outside if weather permitted) for a feast
The next morning the tables was laid again for breakfast.

He retired a couple of years after our 5th visit at nwanedzi and we did not hear from him again.

Here is a photo (1982) of him (holding a packet of suger) standing in front of a friend and his assistant was on the far right
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Storms river 11/10/15 - 12/10/15
Addo 13/10/15 - 15/10/15
mountain Zebra 16/10/15 - 18/10/15
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Golden Oldies

Unread postby Freda » Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:29 pm

Discovered today that my book-keepers grandfather was the camp manager at Crocodile Bridge in Aug 1963 at the age of 71 :shock:
She gave me this pic taken outside his house at the camp.
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Old pictures of Camps and Picnic sites

Unread postby Bush Andy » Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:18 pm

Thought it would be interesting to see some old pictures of the KNP and see how some things have changed or not changed over the years :D .I unfortunately don't have any oldish photos but will try to find some to put up! :mrgreen:
A bird in the hand should be in the Bush!! ;)

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Re: Old pictures of Camps and Picnic sites

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:25 am

On the Sanparks photo gallery there is a group -
Kruger celebrates 110 years
with some nice old photos .

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Re: Old pictures of Camps and Picnic sites

Unread postby Bennievis » Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:23 pm

Phalaborwa Gate opening.
I have posted this photo somewhere else before, but here goes again, this photo was taken by my dad in (I think) 1961, I am the little one on the far left. At the time, a Mr and Mrs Wilkie were in charge of the gate, they used to visit us at home for cake and tea on Sunday afternoons.
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Old Photos of Kruger

Unread postby EricExSA » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:51 am

On my last visit to SA I found some of my dads old slides. I have scaned them onto my pc and wanted to share. If anyone has more please post.
Im not sure were they were taken so lets see if anybody can identify them.
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I have some more to post. let me know if there is interest in them and I will post the rst
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Re: Old pics of KNP

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:21 am

Thanks Eric and please post more .

This part is beter than a quiz , placing the photo's -
1 Pretoriuskop restaurant and reception (burnt down)
2 Olifants camp lookout looking west .
3 Pretoriuskop camp (huts in circles with inner huts)
4 Skukuza looking east at bridge
5 Pretoriuskop camp gate I figure
6 Numbi gate

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Re: Old pics of KNP

Unread postby Park enthusiast » Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:33 am

These are great please post some more.
Mikev i think you have just about got them all the only one i might disagree with is number 5 but i dont have a answer for you on that.
Cheers :D

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Re: Old pics of KNP

Unread postby Freda » Thu Dec 04, 2008 10:07 am

#5 is Numbi, if you enlarge it you can just read it on the post.
I have a couple of pics, don't you just love these cars?
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Re: Old pics of KNP

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:58 am

Yes it was one that I was not 100% sure of because it is not immediatly recognizable , so I love feedback.

The circumstantial evidence was :-
- other photo's are from a trip to the area (except olifants river)
- Pretoriuskop had one of the earliest tar roads (1965 on)
- lots of rainfall apparent (park partialy closed in summer except P/kop)
- vegetation appears to be sourveld and woodlands
- the island could be where the road branches past the filling station
- it just dosn't look like any other camp or gate
- the natural stone kerbstones are still there

What did appear different was:-
- the exit gate seems too close (maybe there was lens foreshortening)
- but of course the gate and fence could have been moved outwards , gatehouse built and bathroom for larger campgrounds built as it is now .
- the ground level outside the gate seems to be lower but the horizon is elevated at least.

I had hundred of slides (then beter quality than prints) from the late 1970's and 1980's but trashed them never thinking they could be reused.

Worse still I donated (at least to the SPCA) a full set of CUSTOS magazines spanning decades all preserved in plastic file covers . Now with digital imaging it would be easy to reproduce some snippets .

Saw ad's in an old publication (1970's) :-
Toyota Cressida Mark I R4290
Toyota Hi-Ace R4190
Men's suit - R16-99
Bucket of fried chicken pieces R1-99
A bungalow in KNP was still under R10 a night then .

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Re: Old pics of KNP

Unread postby Freda » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:24 am

Did you enjoy this breakfast, Scipio?
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Re: Old pics of KNP

Unread postby leelee » Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:51 am

Fantastic Freda :clap: ! Still remember the good ol' days... We use to go in my dad's Mercedes 1971 and my grandad's old chevrolet. A green one with a brown top. The backseats' ends were very floppy and we use to rock up and down whilst gameviewing. Was extremely tense times as we use to 'view' for money, i.e. one cent for a new animal.... and R1 (note) for one of the Big 5. Could buy you a handful of sweets and the condensed milk in a funny shape carton, think it was called a Pixie or Dinky? If I spotted more than one of the Big 5 I could actually enjoy the '78 breakfast in LS :wink:
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Re: Old pics of KNP

Unread postby EricExSA » Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:22 am

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I will retire in KNP

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Re: Old pics of KNP

Unread postby physis mannaz » Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:37 am

Right heres some of the pics I found.

1 Feb 1958
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Letaba 1964
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1969
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1970's
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1971's
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Theres a few pics of Satara, Skukuza and Lower sabi which I will have scanned in and uploaded during the course of the day.
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Letaba - 12th - 17th of June 2009 - It was over way too soon

Time to plan the next Kruger experience

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Re: Old pictures of Camps and Picnic sites

Unread postby Jumbo » Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:12 pm

I found a very interesting collection of old Kruger photos on Flickr
Game Parks & Animals
They are not really of the camps and picnic spots…but thought I will add this here instead of creating a new thread…almost on topic :?

From THIS photo (taken in 1945), it seems lion sightings have always created traffic jams :lol:


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