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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Chip » Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:56 pm

Gee Joep, now that photo brings back memories. We were in Skukuza in about end 1972 or beginning 1973. I had taken my mother with us and she had been to see if her food on the stove was ready. She had carried my little boy, forumite GlenD, believe it or not, in her arms. Luckily the food wasn't ready and so she went back to the hut which was just up from the 'kitchen'. The 'kitchen' was not far from the Sabie river. I think there was just one row of huts in front of ours.

About five minutes after she had left the 'kitchen', there was a big noise coming from that area and one of the staff, with a shovel, chopped the head off a black mamba, that had been in the 'kitchen. :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:15 pm

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NWANETSI PICNIC SPOT - OLD LOCATION - 07 September 1968 13:30 - Having a chat to the picnic attendant - slide by my Dad (Joop Stevens)

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Unread postby Joep Stevens » Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:23 pm

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SKUKUZA STEVENSON-HAMILTON OPEN AIR DISPLAY - 8 June 1971 15:45 - With my late Mom and sister - Note the size of the Mountain Fig, which is now huge and is located between library and Goldfields Auditorium building - photo by my Dad (Joop Stevens)

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby mposthumus » Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:31 pm

Wow Joep, three generations in Kruger at the same time during the olden days sure is a treasure. :clap: Thank you for sharing your precious memories :thumbs_up:

I still remember the beat of the big drum announcing mealtimes at the restaurants. :) The real sound of Africa. :thumbs_up: We use to dress up for the occasion, that would be wearing "vellies" instead of flip-flops or going barefoot. :lol: I use to love the melba toast served with the soup. :whistle:

I'm getting carried away again ................ :redface:
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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Sun Dec 05, 2010 7:54 pm

Thanks to Mel@nie, Anne-marie, Bennievis & Chip for comments and sharing! Yes, that melba toast Mel@nie, I can just about taste it again, together with the usual bland boarding school style soup! Yes, those memories are extremely precious, of times with loved ones of which we only these memories to treasure! Those camp kitchens with the smell of the coal stoves on a winter morning!

Thanks to all and lets enjoy the memories!

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:47 pm

Thanks, Ndloti, yes, it was coal and for the stoves and when I worked in Skukuza in the early nineties, the kitchen at the tents was the last with coal stove. I tried to keep it there, but to have coal supplied for one kitchen was not viable and it also soon disappeared.

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby carolynn » Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:50 am

Joep, love the photo of Nwanetsi - where was it's old site?
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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:54 am

Dear Carolynn,

Many thanks for feedback. The old N'wanetsi picnic spot was downstream from where it is now (closer to Mocambique border). I will try and get details on reason and exact date of closing. It was a quaint little spot under a thicket of nice shady Tamboti trees.

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby gmlsmit » Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:30 am

This is a great thread.
Thanks to all contributors.
One can almost fell the heat and taste the dust and smell the bush and the camp fires and hear the chat and tales and fibs at the braai areas.
The photos at the old Nwanetsi picnic spot and the Gorge camp it was hot and the mystery . . . . .
the Letaba restaurant really took me back to August 1967, Punda Maria must PLEASE not be modernized it still epitomizes the OLD KRUGER.
This is what made KRUGER so special.
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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:50 pm

Herewith a few more oldies!

Enjoy.

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Lower Sabie Finch Nest Huts 5 June 1966 18:45 Family meal, my grandparents, parents & sister. Photo by my Dad (Joop Stevens)
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Unread postby Joep Stevens » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:54 pm

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Shingwedzi Camp A-circle 4 May 1965 14:45 - Paraffin lamps being cleaned - Photo by my father (Joop Stevens)

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:57 pm

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Punda Maria 4 May 1965 06:40 Our old Morris. Photo by my Dad (Joop Stevens)

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:10 pm

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Punda Maria huts interior - 3 May 1965 06:00 - Mom (on right) with her sister & husband at breakfast. This was before huts were upgraded and they were just rooms without any facilities.

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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Jungle Junkie » Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:20 pm

:clap: They still have the same wodden chairs and tables today :shock:

Thanks Joep - lovely memories :D
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Re: Old photos of Kruger

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:41 pm

Thanks, Mel@nie. I remember those torches my Dad bought for us with much fondness. They were these little steel ones and my Dad put our names on with Dymo tape.

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