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Origin of the Kruger dirt roads

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:08 am

There's a very good example of an Elephant highway on one of the morning walks out of the Nyalaland Trail Camp
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Re: Origin of the Kruger dirt roads

Unread post by wachinda » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:58 am

So much history in Kruger . Each dirt road has a unique story to tell. Sad that many of these stories have been lost over time. The 4x4 routes and lesser know dirt roads give one such a feeling of aloneness with nature .we try and avoid dirt roads wher at all possible except where longer distances between kamp needs to be covered
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Re: Origin of the Kruger dirt roads

Unread post by Joep Stevens » Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:21 pm

Dear All,

Indeed a great topic started by DotDan more than 5 years ago with good comments from all. There is a fair amount of literature available on the origin of tourist roads in books such as "Neem uit die Verlede" by Dr U de V Pienaar 1990 recently translated to "Cameo from the Past" and also DR SCJ Joubert's 3 volume "The Kruger National Park - A history". Essentially creation of roads was influenced by various issues since the start of the Park. These include:

1. The Selati Railway certainly resulted in the creation of Skukuza (previously Sabi Bridge) and Crocodile Bridge and as a result the roads leading to these.
2. The old trade routes, such as what is referred to today as Voortrekker Road (H2-2), being the old trade route to Maputo (then Delagoa Bay).
3. The Recruitment stations in existence in the Park for black labour from Mocambique for SA mines played a cardinal role in many access roads. These stations were formalised in the early 1900's by TEBA (The Employment Bureau of Africa) previously WNLA (Witwatersrand Native Labour Association) and there were facilities at Pafuri, Makhuba's Location (now known as Letaba) and Isweni (now known as Nwanetsi). The Punda Maria Pafuri road for example runs more or less on the route and road built at that time for the transport on busses of recruits from Pafuri to the railway station at Soekmekaar.
4. Location of ranger stations. In most cases camps were created where rangers posts were in operation and ultimately as motorised transport became normal for visitors, the road networks were built connecting these to one another, the access gates and then to provide visitors with roads for game viewing.

Indeed, a lovely topic, and thanks to all for contributions.

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Re: Origin of the Kruger dirt roads

Unread post by saraf » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:19 am

Thanks for the info Joep.

Are there are roads in the north that were used by the old ivory trail? I know Baobab Hill was a landmark on a route but does that trail still exist?
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