did Kruger ever have watch towers?

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did Kruger ever have watch towers?

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I was watching an 1950's travel video with a section on Kruger. In it they have a scene depicting people climbing a watch tower to view game. Was this ever done in Kruger, and if so where?
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Here is the link to the video, at the start of the Kruger segment: https://youtu.be/UGJFbTpVCUs?t=1806
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What a gem of a video, winnydpu. :D It s a real blast from the past.

It does show that Kruger has always had a problem with traffic jams when lions appear. :wink:

There seems to be a slight break in continuity, probably artistic license, between the viewing platform and the lions. I wondering if the platform isn't possibly the first Nkumbe lookout point. :hmz:

It would be wonderful if other mites could give an opinion.

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Winnydpu I do not have answers to your questions but thank you for sharing this interesting historical information and video. It would be very great if a forum member who has historical knowledge of the Kruger National Park could enlighten us.
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I have asked Joep Stevens when he has a moment to have a look at this and comment.
He is a real fundi on Kruger history.
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What a fantastic video clip :thumbs_up:
I wonder if they realised back then how stunning the Lion/Pangolin footage is, that would win you a few prizes even today! :mrgreen:
And then of course the customary tourist breaking the rules and vehicle doing a U-turn when an elephant comes down the road. Some things never change :lol:
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What an interesting and fantastic video! Thank you for sharing winnydpu! :clap: :clap:
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Another travel blast from the past..
A promotional film about game parks in South Africa from SATOURS, mostly focused on KNP. I see the road to it hasn't improved since the 50's :P

https://youtu.be/IYBcbXCaWvk

More animals than the other one, but no lookout platforms mentioned.. Sounds like the same voice-over actor tho..
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What an excellent video, inyanga. :D

Yup, human behavior around lions has not changed. :wink: Perhaps we have learnt to be a bit more cautious around hippos and *** though.

Thanks for posting. :thumbs_up:
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Thank you Inyanga1 :D :thumbs_up: Thank you Elsa for asking Joep Stevens to comment, he is indeed a fundi regarding the historical Kruger National Park.
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Great video, thank you for sharing inyanga 1! :dance: :dance:
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I have not heard of the KNP having watch towers. However, before Addo had tourist roads and camps they had a viewing platform on the park’s perimeter fence.

It would be interesting to know if there were indeed watchtowers in the KNP.
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Joep is looking into this and as soon as he has any further information, will share it here. :thumbs_up:
has posted the video on FB to see if anyone has any knowledge.

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