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Firsts...and thirsts

Unread post by phhun » Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:17 pm

I’ve been reading the Travel Tales, Travel Reports, stories and memories over the past few months as our next trip to South Africa gets closer. I’ve enjoyed the sightings, been stunned at the photography, the skills of being in the right place at the right time, the presence of mind to press the shutter and the just plain good luck of the correspondents.
Very often a story or a photograph brings to mind a memory from a visit we made to the Kruger, Addo, the Cape, Bontebok or Wilderness. This is the joy of the TRs for me. On top of that are the stories from places we’ve never been to. The list of places to visit is growing ever longer but, essentially, is any park we haven’t been to yet, as every report from these places makes me want to go.

This is my first contribution to the TRs but by way of a countdown to our next trip will try to add more firsts or thirsts, from our trips to SA.

Where to begin – first visit to South Africa
Apologies for the quality of photos. These are scanned images, mainly from slides or the earliest from prints.
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Florida, Transvaal now Guateng, 1955 not yet one year old so I suppose I was the wildlife! No memories from me although I, apparently, enjoyed the drum.

Skip forward a few years, to 1981, we have saved a bit of money and we are off to SA again, this time by air not sea. We stopped in Nairobi (to refuel?) and had lots of views of Africa as we headed south. This, of course was SOs first time to SA!
We have lots of meets and greets but eventually, via Middelburg, Lydenburg and the Long Tom Pass, Sabie and then White River for our night before the Kruger. We were to have 5 nights, three in Satara and two in Pretoriouskop.
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First park gate, The Kruger Gate.

In convoy with relations, what will be the first animal?
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Impala, of course

Then according to our notes our first baboon, giraffe, zebra, monkey, elephant!, warthog, kudu, wildebeest, and then LION. Progress was slow as we wanted to stop at every sighting while the aunts had seen enough impala for a lifetime. Excitement was high and our first elephant crossed the road behind us.
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It was all new to us and so wonderful. We got to Satara and settled into our static caravan (no longer there).
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Cousin Donald braaied up wors and chicken for dinner. Start of lifelong love of boerewors!

Over the next few days we had lots of firsts – first time at Nsemani (Auntie called it 5 mile dam),
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first time at Girivani and Timbivati, first out of the gate at Satara,
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more firsts to follow...
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Re: Firsts...and thirsts

Unread post by Hugh » Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:29 pm

Looking forward to thisTR I am on the bus
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Unread post by ritad » Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:43 pm

Oh how wonderfull to see and read the beginn of your Kruger adventures :k I'm also on board and waiting for more :popcorn: :popcorn: wish you a wonderful time in the park, travel safe :k
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Unread post by phhun » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:18 pm

First time to the southern-most baobab,
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first time out of the car in the veld at the Kruger plaques,
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first arguments with starlings and hornbills at Tshokwane
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first lion
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and then our first visit to Pkop.
Our firsts at this camp were Wild Dog, the aunts got excited at this, no thoughts of moving on!
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Hippo in the bush during the day, it did look sunburnt and was moving fast, presumably heading for water! Our notes mention a stop at the Hippo pools in the area where we saw our first hamerkop. (This wasn’t the hippo pool down by Croc Bridge). No pics unfortunately
More firsts
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We saw the aftermath of impala meets car windscreen with the buck killed but no apparent injury to the occupants!
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Before long our first trip to the Kruger was ending. We packed up and headed slowly towards our first visit to Numbi gate. Our last first sighting of the trip was a sable – deep in the bush but still a first.
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our first disappointment at leaving Kruger at the Numbi gate :(
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Off to look for some more thirsts...I mean firsts.
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Letaba
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Unread post by phhun » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:21 pm

Welcome Hugh and ritad. Hope you enjoy the memories...
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Unread post by MATTHYS » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:34 pm

Just LOVE the firsts/pics from way back, Pphhun :clap:
Thanks for sharing :gflower:
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Unread post by isinkwe » Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:44 pm

You have my attention phhun. A braai at Satara :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: My kind of Kruger food.

If memory serves me correctly , the TU number plate on that merc was for the Roodepoort/Maraisburg region, before they changed over to the yellow T number plate for Traansvaal on the Mazda 323.

Please find some more thirsts/firsts

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Unread post by lion queen » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:50 pm

Very excited by all your firsts!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Just love to see all those historic photos!!! Thank you for sharing!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by billyf » Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:20 pm

Those pics from so long ago really bring back memories, really like your countdown :clap: :clap:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:37 am

I am just loving this. :D

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I love the cars and the fashion. It really takes me back.

Nice Sable. The first time that I saw a Sable, I had no idea as to the specialness of the sighting .

poor impie. :( some things don't change.

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Unread post by hilda » Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:09 am

Brilliant way of starting your countdown to your next Kruger trip phhun! Great pictures and memories from the past! Wonderful! :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to more please! :popcorn:
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Unread post by RosemaryH » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:10 am

Love all your firsts phhun definitely leaving me thirsty for more. :popcorn:
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Unread post by gatita » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:00 am

these pictures are wonderful :dance: :dance: :dance:

more please :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:34 am

I was 8 in 1981, and we also went to Kruger for my first ever trip sometime during the first 1 or 2 years of that decade. Looking at your photos brings back a lot of memories!
Lovely photos - you certainly had some great sightings during your first trip!
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Unread post by phhun » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:11 am

MATTHYS wrote:Just LOVE the firsts/pics from way back, Pphhun :clap:
Thanks for sharing :gflower:


Yes it does seem a long time ago but still remember the excitement of each day. Thanks.
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