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How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

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Re: I miss the African Drums at dusk!

Unread post by ndloti » Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:31 pm

Those dinner drums brought atmosphere , as did the smell of mopani logs burning , back in the days when restaurants did not have a take away outlet appearance .
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Re: I miss the African Drums at dusk!

Unread post by okie » Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:51 pm

I remember drumsannouncing dinner time at Lower Sabie , way back , more than 40 years ago , and then I also have a vague recollection of a Marimba being played :hmz: .
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Re: I miss the African Drums at dusk!

Unread post by Crested Val » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:21 pm

Grantmissy wrote:The drums at dusk meant dinner time in the restaurant with our parents – soup, fish, main meal, dessert, coffee, cheese and biscuits. I wonder if people today will still be interested in this kind of fixed menu Kruger style dinner :D ?


Those meals were very good value for money, and really quite tasty!! :thumbs_up:

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Re: I miss the African Drums at dusk!

Unread post by TreeQueen » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:12 am

I remember during the late 80s/early 90s the drums used to be played around 5 or 6 o' clock in Satara. That was definitely a great childhood experience for me that I will always remember. Haven't heard any drums in recent years.
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How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by micmic » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:02 pm

I suppose there must be a few people here who first visited Kruger 50 years ago, and I'm curious about how it was back then. I have read a few descriptions from people who first went there in the 70s, but my understanding is that a lot of things changed during the 60s and tourism became much more massive since then. I wonder how much different it was before 1965 ?

Incidentally, I just ordered a movie that was shot in Kruger in the 50s and I can't wait for it to arrive so that I can have a glimpse at the park back then.

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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:14 pm

Hi Micmic,

Altho This Topic doesn't go back as far as your query there are some interesting threads and info in there.

Another one

Have you seen the topic with the pics from the old days?
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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:44 pm

1956-8

No tar roads.
North closed in summer because of malaria.
Much less traffic.
EVERY oncoming car stopped and we swapped sighting info.
Ele sightings were quite rare
Never saw cheetah, leopard, wild dogs or rhinos.
Army tents for accom.
Far less rest camps.
My mother releasing excess body liquid at the side of th road without us noticing the watching lions.......
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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by Rooies » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:48 pm

My first trip was during 1966. When you entered Kruger, you were automatically considered to be a member of the big Kruger family. Everybody greeted each other as if they haven't seen each other for ages. I can clearly remember that whenever we arrived at a campsite, all of the other campers jumped up to help us setting up our camp. The people would bring us something to drink and even invited us over for a braai.

Then there was the communal fires. It was announced when the coals would be ready and almost everybody took a picnic basket to the big braai, made with real leadwood. After the braai we all departed as big friends.
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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by Grantmissy » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:58 pm

micmic wrote:Incidentally, I just ordered a movie that was shot in Kruger in the 50s and I can't wait for it to arrive so that I can have a glimpse at the park back then.


:yaya: Hi Micmic - what is the name of the movie please? It sounds interesting to me :thumbs_up:
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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by micmic » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:06 pm

Thanks all! Interesting topics, Elsa. So my understanding of the 50s - early 60s is that there were much fewer tourists, a much greater sense of camaraderie, but also fewer "impressive" animals (elephants, cheetahs, wild dogs, rhinos, leopards) ?

Grantmissy, the movie is Nor The Moon By Night. According to the reviewers, it must have captured pretty extensively the image of the park back then.

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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by Grantmissy » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:38 pm

Thank you Micmic. it sounds like a great movie :thumbs_up:.
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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by Bush hugger » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:50 pm

Wow! It would be really nice to see Kruger back in olden days.

Any idea where can I get the movie in JHB?

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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:00 pm

Rooies wrote:Then there was the communal fires. It was announced when the coals would be ready and almost everybody took a picnic basket to the big braai, made with real leadwood. After the braai we all departed as big friends.


In the early 80s they used to make a big bonfire nightly at Skuk camping area and there was a spade and wheelbarrow. When it was your turn, you had instant coals for the braai.

But I am sure that somebody discovered the commercial advantages of selling fire wood instead!
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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:55 pm

Old photos of Kruger thread :

viewtopic.php?f=67&t=46122&hilit=Old+photos
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Re: How was Kruger in the 50s-60s ?

Unread post by blommietjie » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:27 pm

Wow, what a topic. My first visit to the park was in 1960 at the age of ten. Still remember the big fires, army tents and yes, the longdrop toilets, later in the 60 the huts with the beds all placed next to the wall around the steel table and chairs in the middle of the floor around a pole right in the middle, what i believe was holding up the roof. No electric lights, only paraffin lamps. And a toilet-jug (ewer) and a stel dish for washing... Then there was a big black pot with a tap on oneside with fire underneath it and always full of boiling water were one could have fill up your small cettle for washing, coffee and cooking. That was the good old days of camping in real bush.
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