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Literally your first sightings

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread post by Elsa » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:30 am

My very first sighting way back in the early 80's on our first visit to Kruger was a large Warthog in the road and I got such a fright I wound the window up quickly! :shock: :slap:
Have never been allowed to forget that. :redface:
Fortunately I have come a long way since then. :D

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:32 am

The memory of my first sighting on my first visit as an 11 yr old boy is a herd of elephant crossing the old Phalaborwa/Letaba main road (nowadays die S131) at Ngwenyeni borehole and a few roan antelope drinking at the same trough. Since that visit (1965) I have seen hundreds (if not thousands) of elephant during all my visits. But I have only seen roan on two occasions again.

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread post by TonyP » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:42 pm

My folks were Kruger addicts back in the old days.
My Mom used to tell the stories of how they used to pack the old farm truck with everything including the kitchen sink and "migrate" to the Kruger for a month or 2 at a stretch.
Apparently she was pregnant with me on the one trip in 1949 and they had a run in with an elephant who made a lovely round hole in the fender of the truck with his tusk.
She swears that this is how I got my love for elephants.
Now I know that this was not a true sighting on my part, but the first one I remember was at the age of 4 or 5, guess what..... an elephant that seemed to be able to touch the sky ( they all seemed soo much bigger then :D )

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread post by ossendryver » Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:47 pm

I remember the first time I went to the Kruger I was 7 years old and all I wanted to see was a lion.
I begged my parents to let me see a lion.
I whispered the whole trip there "I wanna see a lion I wanna see a lion" finally we saw a pride of four.
I was so happy and I remember it like it happened yesterday.
I love the Kruger.

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread post by Crested Val » Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:31 pm

My first trip to Kruger was not as a child, but was over 30 years ago!!!

Almost the first thing we saw was this lovely duo!!!


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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread post by AKadwa » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:15 pm

Your first sighting was a special one vgstephens. :mrgreen:

I was too small to remember my first sighting in kruger (about 2years old)

But I Remember when I was about 6, my dad had parked our caravelle right next to a tree so that my mum could feed my sister, brother and I breakfast in the car.
Dad's window was opened and all of a sudden at that very tree about a metre away from the window a leopard, which we never even noticed was there when we stopped, woke up and started descending slowly, pausing every few seconds to give us awesome photo opportunity.
Sadly digital cameras never existed that time, so I have only hard copies.
But that particular sighting will ALWAYS remain imprinted in my mind.

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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread post by wmahon465 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:42 pm

My very first trip 2 1/2 yrs ago we entered first thing at Phabeni and saw nothing upto the turn off to Pretoriuskop.
After about 1k, we stopped to watch a rhino on our left , after about 10 mins trying to get a good photo through the scrub, I was just about to set off when a wild dog came out of the bush 100mts ahead soon followed by 3 others.
They started running towards us and in no time they were gone.
I got a few blurred shots as the light was poor but we saw dogs 3x in the 4 days we were there on that first visit.

In 4 visits, we have seen dogs on all but the last trip last Sept.
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The first sighting from the gate

Unread post by Ziyaad Carrim » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:24 pm

I just wanted to hear your experiences on the first sighting you had as you just enter a gate , most times its impalas , or zebras , wildebeest etc but has anyone seen something spectacular

I seen a lion like 50m going in from Orpen gate and once 2 massive elephants just as you enter Crocodile Bridge Gate on the road

Waiting to hear your experiences


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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread post by ameen » Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:03 am

Hi Ziyaad

Saw Lions about a km from entering Phalaborwa Gate that had just killed a Giraffe right next to the road and also saw a Leopard in a tree just after entering Malelane Gate towards Berg en Dal. :)

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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread post by moggiedog » Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:14 pm

Hy Ziyaad

My first ever trip to Kruger - way back in the dark ages - my first animals were wild dog. Since then we have had buffalo, elephant and rhino as our first sightings.
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread post by Gunner » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:09 pm

Howzit Ziyaad :D

Welcome to the forum! :thumbs_up:

Last year June when i was standing in the queue @ the Malelane gate i saw a Leopard crossing the road about 10 meters from the boom gate! :shock: It happened so quickly and i regret not having my camera with me! :doh:

I remember that day so clearly, everyone ran into the office! :lol:

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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:49 pm

Malelane gate is good for sightings! I have had an elephant right at reception trying to board the truck with guests. Also 5 lionesses in the car park when guests got off at the end of the trip (they got back on very quickly!!!), hippo next to a car there, and leopards on several occasions. Also a black rhino just up the road..... and buffalo herds are common too.
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread post by Hippotragus » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:19 pm

Several years ago there was a pack of wild dog just inside (i.e. Park side) the Crocodile Bridge gate. They were right on the road and we followed them for about 45 minutes. They were just playing and fooling around and were lovely to watch.

A couple of years ago there was an elephant in the flower bed just inside the Paul Kruger gate - at first I thought it was a new statue and then it moved!
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Re: The first sighting from the gate

Unread post by Mgulube » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:22 pm

Loooong time ago, an Ellie tried to be helpfull by assisting the guard at Pafuri to close the gate.. :P
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Re: Literally your first sightings

Unread post by Sameera » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:34 pm

Hi guys,

This is literally my first post on the forum, so why not make it "literally (about) my first sighting"!

It was the first time I had ever visited South Africa - being an Aussie I was simply in AWE of the Kruger Park.
I had heard so much about the Kruger Park, but still was very naive about what it really was all about... didn't realise how early I had to wake up, about afternoon naps, and staple diet of bbq's (now, I call it a braai!)

So, my first sighting was as we just entered Phalaborwa gate (after seeing elephant poop and taking pictures of this!)- and I was snapping away like crazy - at a heard of impala!
I could not figure out why the people I was with (South Africans, who have been visiting the park for decades) found my fascination so amusing!
During that trip, I spent 3 nights in the park - and I was hooked!

Since that first trip, I have moved to South Africa - and I must say that the Kruger Park is what has really made me fall in love with this country (a fella has something to do with this too - but that's another story for another day :wink: !).

I have visited the park at least 7 times (have lost count!) and the most adrenaline pumping sight I have seen have been a cheetah chase and kill (wow!) on the Phabeni road one overcast December morning in 2007 - which was my first trip to Kruger after moving to South Africa - and I must confess I have become a Kruger junkie ever since!
I have been spoiled with lots more amazing sightings too.

Australia is a beautiful country, and will always be home, but I'm happy to call South Africa my second home.

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