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Re: That sinking feeling

Unread post by busybee » Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:51 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:I don't know how folk from other countries cope. There is something so pristine about Kruger. At least we can be sure of a next trip.

I'll tell you how people from other countries cope. We don't. There is a permanent sadness in my heart for every day that is spent away from paradise. :cry:
I brought a friend to KNP the first time this year and she too now has Kruger Depression. A very real condition. You never know how lucky your are to have Kruger on your doorstep until you don't. Hopefully retirement will give us the opportunity to spend more time there.
Until then, it's on to planning the next trip :thumbs_up:

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Re: That sinking feeling

Unread post by Rooies » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:03 pm

When I get that sinking feeling, I think about how blessed we, that live in South Africa are, to have Kruger a mere 7 hours (me in any case) away from home. I then also think about a fellow mite from the west coast of Canada who announced a year or so ago that his trip to Kruger will be his last because it cost him and his family of four about R150 000,00 for a 2 week trip to SA and Kruger.

The blues hit me when somebody is busy packing to go on a trip and I have to stay at home. You watch them planning routes, checking cameras and binocs, working out menus, draw up list etc. The worst time is the day they leave. Final checks are made, padkos and steaming coffee in flasks placed on the back seat, seatbelts fastened and there they go. As they go around the corner, I always feel very sorry for myself. :(
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Re: That sinking feeling

Unread post by iLoveMeerkats! » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:04 am

We have been blessed to visit Kruger every 2 years for the last 6. Each time we stay a little longer and call it our "Last Trip to Africa". It is ridiculously expensive for us to travel all the way from California, and it is also pretty tough on the body to fly 11 hours and then 11 more. We are not getting any younger! On our last trip (2011) we decided that it was truly and FOR SURE our LAST trip. Every place that we visited I said goodbye and shed some tears a number of times. That sinking feeling came as the plane took off from KMIA. I looked out the window and the tears started rolling. and rolling. and rolling. Before long, I was SOBBING and shaking and snorting like a 3 year old!!!! I rarely cry. I was sooo grateful for the roar of the plane engines! I cried all the way to JNB.

A year later, we did the old "life is short...what else could we spend our money on?" thing and here I sit, anxiously waiting April and our NEXT trip to Kruger. I will NOT call it our last as I have learned that I can not live with the deep depression that comes with that! I am so appreciative of the wonder of Kruger, I want to always hope for another "trip of a lifetime"'

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Re: That sinking feeling

Unread post by RayK » Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:55 pm

Hi Meandering Mouse,
I take comfort in knowing that my National Geographic-like photos :roll: will be converted into a slide show once I get home. And for those slide show viewers that fall asleep watching my gems, I have a cattle prod close at hand. :twisted:

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Re: That sinking feeling

Unread post by Yoda » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:14 am

The drive to the gate - really depressing. :cry:
Especially since I live overseas and who knows when my next trip to Kruger will be.
Fortunately, after having taken my kids to Kruger for the first time this past December, they are keen to go again. So we are discussing a trip for the end of 2013 :dance:

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