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Re: Your best night in KRUGER. !!!!!!!!!!

Unread post by cathyb » Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:12 pm

I'm no story teller so you will only get a one lioner from me, what leaps to mind at the moment:

- Watching a full moon rise while lying in bed snuggling SO in a Wolhuter trails camp hut
- braaing in the boma at Talamati with our closest friends, absolute silence, lying on my back watching the tars that always seem to fall out of the sky all the way down to the horizon at Talamati

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Re: Your best night in KRUGER. !!!!!!!!!!

Unread post by Diesel » Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:00 pm

ndloti wrote:Moonrise over the Olifants river viewed from the platform at the trails camp .

The view from Napi is much better ... so romantic, sitting on the deck ... listening to the music of nature at night...
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Re: Your best night in KRUGER. !!!!!!!!!!

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Oct 09, 2008 5:34 pm

I clealy recall from around 1965/6/7 staying at Pretoriuskop shortly after the headline news of an employee who fell behind a group walking towards or returning from the compound and who was caught and devoured by lion(s) .
We were staying in huts close to the southern fence I was initially too petrified to even move from my bed to wake my father up to accompany me to the bathroom .
Dawn would have arrived with me in agony , but youngsters can't wait for the call of nature .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Your best night in KRUGER. !!!!!!!!!!

Unread post by Jo » Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:14 am

Hi all!

My best night in a difficult choise!!!

What springs to mind is a night spent camping at Satara.

We had just finished a delicious braai, cleaned up and crawled into our sleeping bags. I had some difficulty falling asleep, I love lying there listening to the bush. It must have been about 23h00, when there was a rather strange bleet that broke the silence. I sat up in bed wondering 'what was THAT?'. I sat there for a couple of seconds, and then I heard it ......a large herd of SOMETHING running through the bush. So I fumbled about in the tent found the torch, scrambled into a pair of shoes.....and during all thing I heard the unmistakable sound of 'ZZZZZZZZZZZIIIIIIPPPPPP' around the camp site.....I was not the only one wide awake and crawling out to see what was on the go!
Eventually I manage to untangle myself from sleeping bags and tent pegs and saw that there was a reasonable crowd at the fence. I ambled over to join them, slightly self conscious of my pink and white PJ's (which I soon forgot about when I noticed another Oom in mickey mouse boxer shorts!). Just at that moment a blur of tawny streaked past the fence, about 50m into the bush..... :shock: :shock:
Then we saw what the chaos was about ....there was a pride of about 5 lions trying to catch a midnight snack.....a buffako snack!!!! I rushed back to the tent to try wake dad, who had been contentedly snoring through everything!!!!
"Dad, dad, there are lions try to catch a buffalo at the fence!!!!"
"ja, sure, it was just a bad dream, go back to sleep"
"Dad I am serious, everyone is outside, come look"
So dad eventually roused himself and joined us.
In the mean time the buffalo herd had made a get-away, which left a couple of rather bemused lionesses, blinking in the spot-lights of some rather well equipped campers!!!! They hung around for about 5min and then melted back into the bush.

Well, by now the whole campsite was awake, kettles were put on and many a story exchanged at the Satara fence that night... :D

One of the reasons why staying in a tent is great, none of the people in the chalets heard or saw anything!

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Re: Your best night in KRUGER. !!!!!!!!!!

Unread post by annalie » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:08 pm

Best night in Kruger !!!!!!!!

:hmz: My first night ever in Kruger many many moons back!

My uncle was stationed in Skukuza and we were staying one night with them in the staff house situated right next to the river. Remember, growing up in town you are aware of night sounds like vehicles passing in the street, sirenes etc. etc and used to street lights at night.

Well, this was not to be that night .... firstly, on arrival, my uncle showed us his "pets" - the hippos and crocs on his lawn, impalas "cutting" his grass and monkeys on the roof :shock: so no running around! Our citysleekers were not planning on becomming dinner for these monsters! We very much, the whole time, stayed on the patio within a meter or two from the open doorway should the need arise to make a fast getaway!

Braaing that evening - heavenly!!! A big fire to keep away all the nasties out there in the bush :D My first taste of buffalo from a tin (similiar to corned beef) and an endless supply of biltong and drywors! We ate as much as we possibly could, because at that stage you were not allowed to take any meat products out of Kruger due to I think "bek en klouseer" (foot and mouth) disease. Our car and all other vehicles leaving Kruger were thoroughly searched and sprayed the next day upon leaving through the Kruger Gate just in case you were trying to smuggle out that little piece of biltong or drywors etc. for padkos :?

Sleeptime: :huh: Who on earth can sleep with all those fearsome sounds (bellowing/grunting/sawing/roaring) going on all around you while it was pitch dark outside? Think our pillows were more over our faces than beneath our heads :lol: Did not sleep a wink that night - why, we were too afraid, you know the feeling: afraid of the unfamiliar sounds and the thought of a predator sneaking through your window and at the same time afraid of going to sleep and then missing the sounds and the animals visiting during the night! I can guarantee one thing - all batteries on all torches were flat the next morning and it was not used on spotting game!!!!

My first night in Kruger was my worst, my best, the most fearsome, to loud with all the night sounds .... but it was the first time!!!! A start to an absolute addiction :clap:
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Re: Your best night in KRUGER. !!!!!!!!!!

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:38 am

Tiny, I wish you many moments of wonder :thumbs_up:

I have given it some thought, and it must be on the trip that rekindled my love for Kruger.

I had received an email informing me of a training course with Bruce Brydon.
"Who is Bruce Brydon :hmz:", I thought.

My twin daughters were turning 18 and I thought that this would be the ideal 18th birthday present, an experience to hold onto forever.

Well, the few days surpassed all expectations. I knew that something very profound had happened and I would never be the same.

Towards evening of our second last night, Bruce had jokingly said that he would take us somewhere special and that he would guarantee an elephant sighting.

We left for our sundowners and made our way though some pretty dense bush. It was obvious that few vehicles passed that way. After climbing out the vehicle, Bruce took us on a short walk to rock covered hill. There was a small cave and it was there that we were given our elephant sightings.

I could look at what few people had seen, ancient rock art of 3 elephant. I wondered at that moment whether this had been a sacred sight. There was, without doubt, a very profound change in the mood of the group.

We made our way back to the vehicle, which was parked on a slight elevation. There we each found a place to sit. We sat in silence as the African sky deepened into darkness.

I was so aware of all our lives, so separate and so united. It seemed that we were joined by the ancestors, not only the ancestors of Africa, but by each person who had ever loved us and held us dearly.

Later we returned for supper. Bruce's wife gave us a talk on Anthrax. She is a miro biologist. We chatted and laughed and spoke into the night. I think that each one of us knew that something of the sacred had happened. The next day, there was a change in our group. There was a unity that had previously been absent.
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Re: Your best night in Kruger

Unread post by naomi » Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:26 pm

About 5 years ago at Tamboti.
Before I write more, I am curious...Tamboti seems to have some magic.
EVERYONE writes about this camp and loves it.
So what is it about this camp that is so special?
Here is my version and that would subsequently also be my best night in Kruger.
A friend of mine asked me to accompany her to Tamboti just for a weekend.
She needed to do her books for their business and forewarned me she will not be able to chit chat as she HAS to finish the books that weekend.
I had never been to Tamboti.
Did not expect much as I was just happy to be IN Kruger.
Upon entering the camp you can hardly see any other people about (unlike all other camps).
YES! I already loved it.
You park your vehicle at the number indicated for your tent.
Then walk up a little path to your tent.
What a surprise!
Hidden amongst trees (you almost feel like you are in Tarzan land).
You cannot see the people in the tents either side of you, only hear them if they talk loud enough.
Hence you feel totally at one with nature.
I loved it already.
After dinner, we said our good nights and tried to sleep but couldn't.
We had every single flap that could open - open - I lay staring at the stars and the moon shining right into the tent! It was awesome!
Lay listening to hyena next to the fence (all tents face the fence) and saw them walking up and down the fence in the moonlight.
That's it? You ask?
Yep. that was a night i found to be my best night in Kruger.
I think it must've been a good time of year as well as there were no mosquitoes, no noise, but there was definitely some magic spell put on me that night - just the peace...being so close to nature....looking at the moon...listening to various night animals sounds and falling into the deepest sleep ever....and waking up with NO noise of car doors slamming so early in the morning nor did we hear our was just magical. So it seems - the secret of Tamboti is out - or is it?
What is so magical about that camp?

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Re: Your best night in Kruger

Unread post by saffa » Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:04 am

Wow, every one seems to have had their best nights at Tamboti.
I will definitely have to go when I come home again (living in Australia).
I went back to visit in April last year and took some Aussies with me.
Normally I wouldn't make such a big deal but I really wanted to show them the best we could offer.

We drove up to Phalaborwa and stayed at Letaba and Olifants a couple of nights and did see a fair bit.
The aussies got quite a fright with a young teenage elephant throwing branches at us.
They didn't find it too amusing especially because one of them was driving.
Our last night was spent at Lower Sabie which blew all our minds.
I grew up going to the park but never actually went on a night drive.
Well we decided to go and went with a guy named Patrick.
I hope some one here knows Pat because if it wasn't for him and his brilliant knowledge that were always turned into jokes, it could have been a bit boring in between sightings.

We saw two cheetah and about 4 male lions on the road back to the camp.
About a hundred meters from the first lion Patrick stopped to let us relieve ourselves (sorry no other way I can describe it) and then heard this almighty roar.
Needless to say at that time every one felt that they needed to go if you know what I mean.
As it turned out it was actually Patrick making that noise.
As I said he's a funny guy. Not at the time though.
Any way, just up the road we saw our first lion, an old guy with scratches every where.
He was talking to a friend who was trying to protect some of their ground.
He was about 3 meters away and to this day have never heard or felt any thing quite like it.
My whole chest cavity was vibrating and the hair on the back of my neck was standing up.
Unbelievable thing to experience and I hope to have Patrick on our next night drive.
If you get to read this Pat, thanks a lot and will see you soon chief.


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Re: Your best night in Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:02 pm

Amazing experiences and told in a very captivating way :clap:. Every night in Kruger is a good one for me :thumbs_up:.
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Re: Your best night in Kruger

Unread post by Travelstory » Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:21 pm

Truly every night in Kruger is a "best night" but I remember one in Punda Maria that stands out. It was a moonless evening. I was staying in hut #1 enjoying a glass of South African wine and writing in my journal as the night overtook the day. I must have sat at the huts' outdoor table for an hour or so when I came out from under the thatched roof and looked up. There were so many stars, not only visable because of the cloudless, moonless night, but also so clear to the naked eye I felt as if I could reach up and grab a few - (I think I may have tried). It was such an astounding site I actually teared up. I will never forget it.

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Re: Your best night in Kruger

Unread post by onewithnature » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:25 am

:thumbs_up: I can entirely relate, Travelstory - there have been many times that the country-viewed southern skies have rooted me to the spot as I stared upwards at the mass of a few thousand stars overhead, wondering what it would like if we could but see a fraction more of the 300 million in our Milky Way. But, a few thousand I find sufficient proof of GOD's presence, for I think I wouldn't be able to handle any more than that without too being entirely overwhelmed. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Your best night in Kruger

Unread post by wachinda » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:04 am

Any night in Kruger is special.what has been your best night. Watching rhinos fighting for water at biyamiti is a definite high lite. So are the nights in the hides . What is your best night
Berg-en-dal 18 October 2013
Satara 19-21 October 2013
Olifants 21-22 October
Balule 22-24 October2013
Tsendze 24-26 October2013
Punda Maria 26-28 October 2013

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Re: Your best night in Kruger

Unread post by tent dweller » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:53 pm

Every night in the Kruger is a blessing and a treat BUT one that stands out to us was the night of the 07 July 2012, it was our last day at Tsendze and we were moving to Tamboti on the morning of the 08 July. We normally go to a few of our favourite places the day before we leave a certain place and on the 07 we went down a road where the Tsendze river flows over (I think it was the road to the Phalaborwa gate :redface: :redface: ) and we thought we heard LIONS, we scanned the bushes, we listened very carefully and after 3 hours we established that there were lions very close by. We were forced to return to Tsendze and we started to dismantle our camp but we were all preoccupied by the lions that we had heard. For most of the night the lions occupied our conversation and our thoughts, the morning arrived and we showered, packed up the last things and said goodbye to Tsendze :( :( , we took the same route as the day before and as we drove through the water on the road we saw the most amazing sighting, 2 lions laying in the road and mating, we were the only car for hours, it was amazing, they were doing the mating thing and just being very lazy. What a parting gift :D :D so it was the best night for us because we were filled with anticipation, hope and excitement because we knew there might be a possibility that the lions would still be "hanging around" in the morning......

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Re: Your best night in Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:21 am

Every night in Kruger is a best night. What makes it better is sleeping under the thatched roofs of the Rondawels. Also good is waking up next morning and still see the thatched roofs and smelling it. Looking at the thousands of stars in Olifants Camp is probably a highlight for me in the dark of the Kruger nights
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Re: Your best night in Kruger

Unread post by Yoda » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:50 am

Every night is the best night....

But one night in particular stands out.

Last December at LS.
I had taken my uv torch to search for scorpions. Didn't find any at the other camps we stayed at, but there were loads in the trees at LS.
Then there was the sound of twigs snapping near the fence, so I shone my torch in the direction. And there was a huge bull elephant right up against the fence.
You don't get better than that. Being within a few meters of my favorite animals, big and small. In the bush. The sound of the creatures of the night. Doesn't get better. :thumbs_up:

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