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What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by madach » Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:45 pm

I was reading the topic about the metallic camp stickers and that brought back memories of trying to get the sticker collection complete only to find time and again that stickers in some camps were always out of stock. It also made me think of all the souvenirs I brought back from Kruger and one in particular springs to mind...

Back in I think 2000 I bought a Kruger Park Zippo lighter in Satara and when I got home I showed it to my brother. He immediately asked me where his Kruger Park Zippo lighter was and I told him it was still in KNP :lol: and I promised to bring one back for him from next trip later that year. When I went to Kruger again I was travelling through Kruger from the South to the North. I visited every shop in every camp from Crocodile Bridge to Shingwedzi and the Zippo was not on sale anymore in any of the shops. When I got to Punda Maria I'd basically given up as I knew the shop in Punda Maria well and didn't expect to find any Zippo lighters there. I had to go to the shop to get some beers so I asked them if they sold this particular lighter and to be frank I was just expecting to get a blank stare in return. I underestimated Punda Maria though as they had SIX copies in stock :dance: Needless to say my brother was happy with it and he's still using it to this day.

It's probably a collectors item but I'll never sell it :naughty:

What is your coolest or most cherished souvenir you ever brought from Kruger?

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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by arks » Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:27 am

Cool topic, Madach! 8) I think mine is my KNP map from 1984, which I still prefer at times, altho there is more information in the booklets, as it is huge. Other special souvenirs from those first trips in the 1980s are those metallic stickers, a few cloth camp badges (which I have sewn onto a denim handbag :) ) and my wall hanging tea towel map of KNP. You Zippo lighter is gorgeous!
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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:59 am

Stunning lighter, Madach 8)

When I stay in a camp at Kruger I like to buy a coffee mug or drinking glass from that particular camp. I have a thing about coffee mugs. There is nothing nicer than getting up in the morning to a cup of coffee from one of these special places.

My favourite mug so far is a lovely black mug from Pretorius Kop with a Lion print. The mug is top quality and the coffee tastes great. I also like to drink from some glasses that I bought at Punda. They were meant for children, I think. They have wonderful little animal motives that leave me smiling.

So far I have found nothing with Tambotie stamped on it :( I'll just have to keep going back. :hmz:
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Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:46 am

I'm the same as MM. I collect mugs when I travel. When in Kruger, I get a mug with the name of the camp in which I stay the longest. I also try get one with a particular animal that has meaning for that trip. For example, I've got an Olifants mug with an engraved/embossed leopard, because we saw two leopard on that trip.

So far I have the normal Kruger mug (lion's head), a leopard Olifants mug, a lion Pretoriuskop mug (not sure why I chose lion, we didn't see any on that trip), and one of the plastic travel mugs which I use several times a day at work. The shop at Skukuza didn't have the right mug last trip.

I also have these other mugs:
Cape Agulhas
Bontebok NP (more of a beer stein but that's what they had)

Far as I remember, MZNP didn't have any mugs when I was there, nor did Karoo, Tsitsikamma or Wilderness.
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Unread post by ndloti » Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:15 am

One of my most favourite souvenirs is a tuft of the hair from a lions mane that was left on a thorn bush in the Olifants wilderness trails area - I have kept it in a 35 mm film canister for the last 20 years or more .
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Unread post by Rooies » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:35 pm

I don't know if I can call it my coolest souvenir because I have done something very stupid and irresponsible. When I was still a student during the earlies 80's, we went to Kruger and stayed at Shingwedzi. Late one afternoon, just before gate closing time, we were driving slowly along the river and the spotted a beautiful set of buffalo horns lying in the dry river, about 2km from the camp. I mentioned to my brother that it would be nice to have such horns mounted and displayed on a wall.

After the evening's braai, we sat around the fire drinking a couple of Scotches and talking about what we have seen during the day and what routes to take the next day. Eventually we discussed the buffalo horns and decided to fetch it. Armed with just an Okapi knife each, we jumped over the fence and walked the 2km up the river with the moon as the only light and brought the horns back.

It is now mounted and displayed on a wall in my office.

It was the first and the last time that I have done something that irresponsible an illegal. :doh:
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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by Jungle Junkie » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:42 pm

I collect charms for my silver charm bracelet - so instead of buying stuff that gets put in the cupboard, I buy a charm from the place visited..e.g Eiffel Tower etc.

One visit to Kruger saw about 25 tortoises that trip and I managed to get a little tortoise charm.. :thumbs_up:

Another trip we saw a large Sable herd near Pretoriuskop - and I found a Sable charm in the Skukuza shop!

Each time I wear the bracelet, I run my fingers over the charms and the memories come flooding back :D :D
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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by madach » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:14 pm

Rooies wrote:I don't know if I can call it my coolest souvenir because I have done something very stupid and irresponsible.....

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: International visitors are often bashed on this forum for irresponsible behaviour, but this story takes irresponsible behaviour to a whole new level :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Cool souvenir though 8)

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Unread post by Rooies » Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:46 pm

I must add that I think that somebody like a ranger must have placed the horns there because there was nothing around the horns which suggested that the buffalo was actually killed or died there. There was no smell, or anything else. I put it in a store room until it was needed as a prop for a Round Table melodrama (I was a member of Round Table) I played the part of Adam, in a number called Tarzadam and used the horns as a seat. A member of the audience was a taxidermist and as soon as the curtains closed, he was standing next to me and said to me that I must bring the horns to him the following Monday, which I have done. He later confirmed that the horns qualify for Rowland Ward.

But back to our Shingwedzi trip. Because I was a student, I didn't have a car, so we travelled with my mother in her Passat. The horns took up almost all the space in the boot, and there was only space left for a couple of loose items. My mother was very upset about the whole incident and wanted us to leave the horns behind but I was adamant that those horns were going to the Free State. The result was that I had to carry most of the luggage on my lap through the rest of the trip and all the way back home.

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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by macktheknife » Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:50 pm

My favourite souvenir from Kruger is my Kruger park map/book! It has all the animals and birds in it, and I bought it on my first visit to Kruger and ticked off every animal or bird I have seen on my visits to Kruger and believe it or not - there are still a few that need to be ticked off, like the Pangolin and Trumpeter hornbill. The book has been all taped together it's that old, yet it still comes along on every Kruger trip! :D

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Unread post by Foxy » Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:32 pm

Over the years I have collected many teaspoons from all over the place, but the nicest 4 in use I have are parfait ones bought at various camp shops in KNP about 10 yrs ago. I haven't seen them again in KNP.

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Unread post by Pjw » Sat Aug 14, 2010 4:53 pm

My "coolest souvenirs" from Kruger are the never forgotten memories of the wonderful times spent there as a child an adult with my late parents. I don't need any "object" (although I have many) as a souvenir. Just the memory of my wonderful parents :D
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Unread post by Bevi » Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:36 pm

My coolest souvenir is a menu which my late parents had from Lower Sabie...
Cream of Asparagus Soup
Grilled Sole with lemon Butter
Roast Duck with Stuffing
Roast Turkey with Stuffing
Roast Leg of Mutton with Mint Jelly
Roast Leg of Pork with Apple Sauce
Yellow rice... Roast Potatoes
Vegtables in season
Christmas Pudding with wine sauce
Cheese and Biscuits
Tea and Coffee.

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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by saraf » Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:25 pm

One year I forgot to bring a pen for note taking and journal writing. No problem, I thought, the shop will have some. Yeah right. All I wanted was a cheap biro. All the shop had was, well nothing. I searched and searched for about half an hour and finally, in the ever-expanding gift section I found the only pen the shop had left. It was a wooden pen with a carved elephant at the top. Reluctantly ("How much? It's not gold plated is it?"). Well its been the best pen I've ever had. It's lovely to write with and just looking at it can transport me back to the stoeps of the bungalows, watching the braai fires while writing up my notes into my journal.
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Re: What is your coolest souvenir from Kruger

Unread post by Bushmom » Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:28 pm

In my Standerd 4 or 5 year (Grade 6 or 7 nowadays) a group of us went to the Kruger. When we came home we had to do a write-up of the tour and I still have it: in bookform and entitled "Die Jakkies gaan Wildtuin toe (The "Jakkies" go to the Game Reserve). Every time I page through it, I relive that wondrous time!
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