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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by MKoch » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:57 am

1. The sound of the Fish Eagle and
2. The sound of Hyena.
3. All the "braai's" being lit in the eveinings and people talking.
4. Thatch.
5. Boabab trees.
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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Cape of Storms » Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:42 pm

Smell of the bush and sitting by the fire overlooking the Olifants river from Olifants rest camp, you feel like you are on top if the world. Hearing lions and hyena sounds filling the night air

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by James of the Jungle » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:59 pm

What a fantastic topic :clap:

1. I have to agree, nothing says summer in Kruger like the call of the Woodland Kingfisher.

2. The sound of Hippo at night. Whenever I hear that sound (on TV or in real life), I immediately think of those Kruger nights. You are guaranteed to wake up at least once when staying close to water in Kruger.

3. The big trees in the the riverbeds (Fever tree, Sycamore fig etc.). When ever I see any of these big trees I think of the beautiful river drives that Kruger offer.

4. Coffee and rusks - Love it!!! Whenever I have these two together I think about those early morning drives with the crisp air in you face. Nothing like it.

5. Finally, the smell you get when you drive past I Rhino midden. Love it or hate it, you know you've arrived in Kruger when you drive past one of these. It can make your eyes water :lol:

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Phokojwe » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:52 pm

:clap: James, you hit the nail on the head there :clap: :clap:

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic right about now... :tongue:
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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by tent dweller » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:58 am

An early morning drive with fresh, crisp air in your face :D :D :D :D :D :D :D , nothing can beat that :roll: :roll: :hmz: :hmz:
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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Ouma Biskuit » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:12 am

I live on a farm so I bought a 5l of creosote and painted the fence poles around the house with it so now I always have the Kruger Park and its nostalgia with me. Is my wife happy? Oh yes :k

1. Mothball smell in the ablution facilities.
2. The animal or bird printed curtains in the huts at Pretoriuskop.
3. The ALZU petro port near Nelspruit means its almost time.
4. The sausage tree fruits and marulas lying on the ground.
5. The rustle of the aircon units at night and the dripping of the water onto the ground outside.

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by tent dweller » Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:03 am

-The "wet" smell of the early morning bush in the camp
-The sound our tyres make when entering the park through one of the main gates
-The sound of the staff (talking amongst themselves) on their way to work in the early mornings when they walk through the camp
-The smell of early morning coffee (even though I am a tea drinker) wafting from the different huts/bungalows/campsites
-That particular smell that every camp reception has......................... I LOVE :k :k so many things about the Kruger but these are my top five that capture it the most
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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Nkulu » Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:32 pm

Sounds, smell and fond memories

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth. ~Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by White Buffalo » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:06 pm

1. Checking the sightings boards at the camps, gates, picnic sites
2. The look on peoples faces when they see what you are looking at 100m away and the exclamation "I see it..."
3. The anticipation as to what the roadblock ahead is being caused by.
4. That special sighting you have all to yourself (as long as the cooler box is still full)
5. The chats / laughs you have as a family because you are forced to talk to one another in the absence of cellphones , radios etc.
6. Being the butt of the laughs that the above mentioned converations cause for many years afterwards
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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by reg knott » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:19 am

Hi all
for years there has been this one particular smell that i smelt at certain spots in Kruger that is almost unique to the park.....you smel it at certain camps and near the big bridges over the olifants and letaba rivers....i recently indetinfied it (thanks to my dad).......
1) SMELL.....that musty smell of bat guanu....for me synonoumous with Kruger/ braai fires starting in the evenings
2) SOUND.... the call of the woodlands kingfisher of Fish eagle
3) SIGHT..... the entrance gates to Kruger....any one of them
4) TASTE..... Ouma rusks with that early morning coffee before the camp gates open
5) FEEL...... the feel of isolation at a water hole with no one else around

I think there are many more "feeling" that opitomise Kruger to each one of us in different ways but Kruger holds a special place in all our hearts. It is what makes South Africa South Africa!!
It belongs to each one of us yet we dont own it...lol
As long as we are still able to enjoy nature and all it has to offer and enjoy and share it with our friends and families
Reg
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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:19 am

The old world Kruger atmosphere including the peace and tranquility. I think it might catch first time visitors off guard and they will get hooked and immediately start planning their return.
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