Meandering Mouse wrote:
My daughter, Sarabi turns 18 tomorrow.
I gave Sarabi her birthday gift tonight.
The same gift that I gave her twin sisters 5 years ago, when they turned 18, an adventure trail in the Park.
For me, the gift of experience is everything.
I did wonder tonight, how do others experience tradition, do any others remember Sanparks as a family tradition?
A great gift to Sarabi indeed MM. Happy birthday to her.
Sanparks and especially KNP is a family tradition for our family for sure!
I can remember back when I was 4 years old going to KNP with my family. That was in the sixties. My late father had a Ford Zephyr and we went to the KNP on a regular basis. We were 5 children and the Ford was packed (father, mother and 5 children)!! Well I must say in those days the cars were BIG and there wasn't anything like a mini taxi or Combi.
My late father was a State Veterinarian and was later on based in Pietersburg (Polokwane). He became Assistant Director at the State Veterinarian Department for Northern and Eastern Transvaal (Limpopo and Mapumalanga) and the KNP was part of his area.
My father went to KNP on numerous occasions during a year for work related issues and my twin brother and I used to join him during school holidays running around in Skukuza camp the whole day while my father was working. Normally we went out for drives in the afternoons with him when he has finished his work for the day!
During the years we've met some amazing Veterinarians in the KNP. I think the current State Vet in KNP, Dr Roy Bengis, should remember my father, my father was rather a difficult man.
I remember the late Dr E Young. He was based in Skukuza and had a sort of tame Cheetah. If I can remember correctly, the Cheetah's name was Taga or Targa?? One day we went with Dr Young when he took his Cheetah to catch an Impala. We had to drive on the public roads for a few kilometers and had some strange and shocked glances from visitors looking at this Cheetah sitting in the front seat of Dr Young's Land Rover!!
We had numerous experiences those days and on some occasions went out with a Ranger for a night drive when public night drives were just a dream.
For us the KNP is a family tradition. In 1985 I introduced my girlfriend to the KNP. We are married now and have been going back on a regular basis. When our daughter was one year old we took her to the KNP. That first trip with her was a challenge... she didn't mind the driving but when we were stopping at sightings she started screaming. So, during that trip when we saw lions for instance, it was something like "Hey nice lions, let's go!!" She didn't mind stopping at Giraffes though, she loved them!!
Our daughter is 7 years old now, she enjoys the KNP even more than us (If that is possible) and we are going to the KNP once or twice a year...
What a great tradition!!