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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread post by Jen » Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:52 pm

Taken in Shingwedzi Camp. August 1977. Communal "braai" area with huts in the background. Assume it is the B circle.

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread post by Jen » Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:09 pm

Does anyone know what happened to this old fire engine that used to be parked next to the petrol station at Shingwedzi Camp.
Taken June 1996.

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Unread post by Flutterby » Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:20 am

steamtrainfan wrote:Looking at the old photos I find it totally mind blowing that the guys wore long pants and jackets while travelling around.

I can remember, in the '70s and '80s, seeing women driving/walking around with curlers in their hair!! Always wondered...if they could go out in public like that what were they doing their hair for? :lol:
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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread post by LEIGHVLASSO » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:59 pm

Hi there everyone

Managed to upload a few more :dance:

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Letaba – 1974
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Hlangeleni picnic spot – 1976
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Phalaborwa entrance – 1974
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Pretoriuskop – 1970
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Satara – 1975
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Unread post by GlenD » Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:04 pm

Great pics Leigh :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

Phala-gate looked so different

If you also notice the Hlanguleni picture, you will see that you could leave a car door open for a little bit longer than you can nowdays without having a Vervet or Chacma attempt to hi-jack it

The one you have labeled as "Pretoriuskop 1970" looks a bit like the old Orpen huts of yesteryear, before electicity was introduced.
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Unread post by ndloti » Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:22 pm

I am thoroughly enjoying these pictures !
I tend to agree with Glen79 that it is Orpen , looking in the direction of the KNP entrance gate from the furthest end of camp , before the additions - prior to mid 1985 the gravel access road from Klaserie area was through the far southern part of Timbavati PNR ... then modernisation arrived and Orpen was no longer a rustic camp . :cry:
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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:34 pm

Looks like P/Kop to me ... looks like the hut you get when you drive in the gates at the Parking lot ... now being used as an office
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Unread post by GlenD » Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:47 pm

I never visited P'kop in 1970 :tongue: so it could well be that, however I did have the pleasure of staying at Orpen in 1981 in huts that looked like that, the building in the right of the pic looks like the old ablution block, with the communal braai area just beyond that. The pic looks like it was taken from the north end, looking south towards the entrance side.

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Unread post by steamtrainfan » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:42 pm

On seeing this thread I immediately went and got out my parents old photo albums. My Dad was principal of Uplands School near White River in the 1950"s and I was sure there were a few Kruger Park photos somewhere in these albums. I have found some but regret that the quality is not so good as the original photo 's are 7 x 5 cm's. I trust that they will bring back memories for some of you.

This photo is marked Letaba 1950. Looks as if it was taken from where the deck is now.
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This is also marked Letaba 1950.
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Also marked Letaba Wet - not sure what year. Thats me with the blonde hair in the chair.Image
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Pretorius Kop 1950.
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Olifants River 1950.
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Satara 1951.
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Satara 1951 - Collecting the fire to cook supper. Look at the clothes they wore to collect a fire!!!!!!!!!
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I trust that these pics will cause a few formites to reminice over the "GOOD OLD DAYS"
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Unread post by steamtrainfan » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:03 pm

I also came across this photo with the accompanying letter in the December 1957 edition of African Wildlife which I thought was quite interesting. I will type the letter out and attach the photo below it.
Sir. We read and hear a lot about the "circus lions" of the Lower Sabi Road. It seems that Letaba may be forming a troupe of " circus elephants." There are a couple of bulls that rest under the big trees near the camp gate and, last year, one came right up to the fence to the delight of myself and all the other camera owners. There must have been thousands of pounds worth of equipment focused on this elephant, and he hardly seemed to notice all this attention. Once or twice he opened out his ears and took a few steps towards us. It was in this attitude that I "caught" him in my viewfinder. You will notice the fence in the foreground. One tourist threw all the regulations to the winds and rolled two oranges under the wire - these were immediately consumed and Jumbo was all eyes for more. Name witheld. I sincerely hope that I am not breaking any copyright by copying this letter and photo onto this thread. If I am it is not done intentionally.

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The brown mark is not on the original photo. Not sure what caused that.
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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread post by Jungle Junkie » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:17 pm

WOW STF Fantastic photos - Thanks for sharing.
The suits shovelling the fire is VERY funny. . . :D

The rule breakers were around in 1957 - Feeding Elephants :big_eyes: Human nature never changes it seems. .

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread post by steamtrainfan » Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:53 pm

Looking at these photos got me to thinking that a trip to Kruger in the 50's must have been quite an adventure. Looking at the tents and bungalows there does not seem to be much space to pack your clothes away. Where did they store their food for cooking and how did they keep it all cool as there were no shops or restaurants to pop into. No kitchens or utensils in the bungalows. A midnight trip to the loo musr have been quite an adventure. No freezers or cool boxes around to keep food in. How did they do it? I can clearly remember drinking Oros Orange Juice which you had to dilute with water. Did we just drink it at room temperature?
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Unread post by Chip » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:44 am

Thanks for the pics steamtrainfan. :clap: They bring back such memories. There were just as many tents (shown in some of the pics) as there were huts in those days and you weren't sure what accommodation you were going to get sometimes. Normally you didn't have to book in advance then, but if there were only tents available, that's what you got. :D :D
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Unread post by BushChicken » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:33 pm

Thanks for those pics steamtrainfan. Wish I still had some old photos. My first trip was as Easter Weekend in about 1954. We went up in my Dad's old 48 chev with four other families. We camped at Pretoriuskop. The adults slept on carpeting under a tarpaulin spread over the cars and the children slept in the cars. I was still too young to notice how the food was kept cool or prepared but do remember having an Easter egg hunt. Your pictures do bring back those old memories. Thanks.

We took our children up in about 1970. We stayed on the south and the travelled up to Olifants. The main road was still not tarred and there was no electricity in the camp, only gas and parafin lamps. No telephones, only two way radios in the offices. Absolute magic.

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Unread post by Imberbe » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:55 pm

I had a look at the Kruger Park Memories calendar tonight. It contains some great old photos.

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