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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Leanawel » Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:11 pm

:thumbs_up: BB -

but even before the entrance gates - that big green sign board with the kudu head > KRUGER NATIONAL PARK > (for me) MALELANE GATE, is the most wonderful (first) sighting after two days on terrible roads :whistle:

... AND what about the moment one book the next visit - priceless :wink: .


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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by anabel1 » Mon Jul 30, 2012 3:41 pm

1. Arriving at the entrance gate, what a wonderful feeling.

2 Hoping to spot something on your way to camp.

3. Making breakfast at the picnic spots.

4. Grandkids spotting small animals in camp particularly owls.

5. When the unpacking is done sitting on the stoep with a welcome cuppa.

18 Aug...... Bataleur.

21 August .. 26th Satara yeah!

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by brogan » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:13 pm

Mine would have to be (no specific order)

1. Smell of the potatoe bush when you first open the window or on a game drive
2. The sound of fish eagle
3. Waking up at ungodly hours to get ready to leave for Crocodile bridge gate
4. The cold breeze/wind when you pick up a bit of speed after entering Kruger
5. That one sighting that will stay with you for ever and drives you to go back. No matter what animal sighting it is. it just has to be a once in a life time spot. crocodiles hunting the tiny fish in Sunset dam (two weeks ago) and to get up and close to a pied kingfisher/giant kingfisher, and to see the size of the bird, the condition of the bill, and actually how dirty they are :):)

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Sparrow » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:40 pm

Great Thread Ifubesi.

I think that if I had the chance I would fill all the pages on this website with all our family recollections.

However 5 it shall be.

1) Enrty at any gate and the feeling that the madding world is left faaaaaaaaaaaaaaar behind.

2) The smell of the potatoe bush.

3) Sighting a yellow ribbon and actually having a chat with the owner.

4) lying flat on my back with a Cappies n Coke gazing at the stars just before retiring for the night.

5) The look of wonderment on my sons face when ever we spot something extra ordinary. ( big or small fauna or flora its the same every time :D :D :D ).

Alright just one more for luck. The CRY of the FISH EAGLE
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25/12/16 to 27/12/16 Skukuza
28/12/16 to 31/12/16 Croc Bridge

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by brogan » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:55 pm

Oh i forgot, one of my other fav things about the bush is the sound of the Purple crested Turaco. although I still do not have a good enough picture of it to tick it off my list, it is none the less a very good sighting, as well as a beautiful call..I have it on my phone as a bbm sound :)

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by GlenD » Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:21 pm

Ok, 8 things ....
The smell of the evening fire.
The scopsie krrrk'ing away
The Nightjar singing its song
The Emerald Spotted Wooddove on a hot summers day
The Franklins in the early morning
The scrunching of gravel beneath the tyres in the early morning
The whoops of a hyaena
Being woken by the roar of lions at 1 in the morning

I could go on and on....

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by STORMA » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:14 am

1. The "Kruger smell" when driving over the Crocodile River at Malelane gate.
2. Peace, tranquillity, silence and "leaving everything else on your mind" outside the entrance gate.
3. The whoop of the hyena.
4. The smell of "pronutro" on a late afternoon drive (still not sure from which tree this aroma comes).
5. The anticipation as you drive around every bend and corner.

I will experience all this again next Wednesday :dance:

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Hitman » Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:02 pm

:think: 1.The Kudu sighn before u enter the park

2.The smell of the thatch and camp fires

3. The cry of the fish eagle's

4.The cool shop's after a very hot mid day drive

5. Just the feeling at home in the park

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by avon vosloo » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:52 pm

The one thing that captures the spirit of Kruger for me is when I meet someone in the park that is past the - seen the big 5 and already visited all the campsites rush. Talking to like minded souls that made peace with the fact that we will never grow old enough, nor ever have enough money to see everything Kruger has to offer in our one short lifetime.

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by hanliemarais » Sun Aug 12, 2012 5:56 pm

Man, just reading some of the posts is making me "home"-sick...

1. Arriving at the gate - no matter which gate. The smell of thatch, the smiling faces of the staff, their khaki uniforms. Living in Cape Town and trying to make the once a year trip to Kruger - one does an African dance at the entrance out of pure excitement. (And I'm not kidding, I do have a dance) :dance:
2. Walking into your bungalow - the smell, the cold tiles under your feet. Berg-&-dal being one of my favourite. I love the smell of Thatch!!
3. Early morning, birds singing! The excitement of a new day and all the posibilities it carries.
4. Night falls - in some camps the bungalow's layout forms a circle. There is not a more romantic picture than people in front of a braai. Every one whispering, too afraid they might miss the sound of an animal's cry. The excitement in identifying the particular sound. Other's sitting on the stoep with a glass of wine (or whatever) taking in all that is around them. It's beauty like this, that I wish I could bottle up.

(the smell of rain hitting the ground after a warm day, thunder decorating the night sky, just the luxury of enjoying every animals detail - big and small, the luxury of just enjoying nature and all its glorious beauty without having to rush some where)

Why stop at 5! :rtm:

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Spinnekop » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:28 pm

1. The smell of the thatch
2. Sitting next to the fence in the dark listening to the bush sounds
3. The excitement of cars stopping
4. Hearing Hippo's Lions and Hyena's at night
5. Being so close to elephants you can hear them chew

My list carries on
and on
and on...
and on...

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Delene D » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:04 pm

1. That welcoming KUDU Sanparks sign.
2. The quieter North of KNP
3. Kanniedood dam in the afternoon
4. Shingwedzi
5. Early morning self drive trips, the gravel crunch beneath the tyres, the smell of the bush and everything that goes with that including coffee and rusks at the dam/river.

Like MM I just sigh! Long time to go before we get there again! SIGH :(

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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by VicRob » Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:10 am

Well we have only stayed a couple of time so are not yet knowlegable about some of the bird and animal sounds [apart from lions :clap: :clap: ]

So in our short experience as visitors

1. flying out of bed before dawn which we never do at home and taking our amaroula coffee to the gate queue to share with all our new South African friends while we discuss yesterdays sightings.

2. yes just getting to those entrance gates after all the hours of airports and flying :doh:

3. breakfast in the bush, again something we never do at home.

4. the views from some of the camp bungalows, especially when animals are involved

5. and of course every sighting, although now when we think of Kruger this is the vision that so often pops into our heads, having him all to ourself and all :D :D

IMG_5965 by thesandmans2012, on Flickr
Spending more time in the best place on earth......Kruger[/color]

Biyamiti - 31-07-16
Skukuza - 02-08-16
Talamati - 05-08-16
Letaba - 07-08-16
Shingwedzi - 08-08-16
Satara - 11-08-16
Crocodile Bridge - 15-08-16
KwaZulu-Natal - 18-08-16
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Re: Your 5 things that capture the spirit of Kruger

Unread post by Ladybug » Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:35 am


1. The Kudu sign on my reservation
2. The adrenalin when you reach the entrance gate.
The frustration when someone before you are entering the park, red lights going on that giving the indication
of animals and you still waiting for the admin to be done at reception.
3. The smell of thatch.. Everywhere.. In the shop , the bungalow, bathrooms, reception
4. Brown paperbag when buying your goodies at the shop
5. The sounds of the bush.. Lion roaring at stupid'o clock, Fish Eagle when sitting at a waterhole, Hippo in the
riverbed, Hyaena calling at night. And if you're ever lucky enough the sound of a Leopard at night. The
welcoming and joyfull sound of the birds in the early morning hours.
6. The smell of the camp fires at night
7. The sound of the first car starting in camp making his way to the gate.
8. The bush traffic - Indication that this could be your cat for today
9. Sunrise and Sunset

Sorry I got carried away for a moment. :whistle:

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What picture of Kruger is constantly in your mind?

Unread post by Wildtuinman87 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:27 pm

This may be a bit of a strange topic, but I'm constantly day dreaming about the park, driving south to Tshokwane or strolling along the perimeter fence at
Sirheni or the smell of the thatch and timber on a 45degreeC day
at Olifants!
What images do you guys experience Of the park in your minds to get you through up to the next magical visit?! Hope no
one thinks I'm too looney!

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