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Bush Traditions

Post by Flutterby » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:33 am

What are your traditions, superstitions, secrets, etc. when you're in Kruger, or any park for that matter?

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Re: Bush Traditions

Post by Mel » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:55 am

I'm glad you added 'any park', Flutts. O**

Let's see:

- Trying to get bookings to stay at least 3 nights in one camp.
- Getting up early and leaving at gate opening time.
- Driving with open windows if temperature permitting.
- Never having any music going.
- Taking a siesta at the camp from about noon to 4 pm, depending on what might delay us on our way back to the camp.
- SO wearing a hilariously bright yellow-greenish shirt to attract the cats. (On 3 trips we had a 100% quota so far.)
- Taking a cold one to enoy as a sundowner at a waterhole.
- Returning to camp with gate closing time.
- Having another cold one.
- Taking a shower.
- Lighting the fire and preparing the sides.
- Going to bed early unless there is someting interesting that keeps us awake.

Great topic, Flutts! \O
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Re: Bush Traditions

Post by Flutterby » Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:44 pm

Nice Mel....I'm sure many of us are going to have some of the same answers...will be interesting to see how people differ. \O

Any pics of your SO's garish shirt? :twisted:

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Re: Bush Traditions

Post by Twigga » Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:00 pm

Interesting topic! \O

When it comes down to traditions and food in Kruger we have alot!
-We have to have an ice cream at least once down by the riverside (or every day ;-) )
-A Kruger holiday without "rice crispie cookies" is like going to a war without a rifle, my mom started this tradition and it never faded.
-Bacon & eggs at a picnic site (at least once)
-Braaing every night (when weather permits it and when we aren't going on night drive)
-Going on a night drive
-We have to stop at Nkumbe viewing site, no matter where we stay in the Park
-When you descent from Nkumbe approx.10km before Tshokwane, there is a dead tree. Don't know who started this tradition, or should I say superstition but we can't drive past without having to photograph it, -O- stupid I know.

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-Karma is a she dog, we learnt that the hard way. Nowadays we always direct oncoming traffic to a worthwhile sighting, seeing if we know the creature will stay around for a while
-Have to take a sunset photo everyday [O]
-When we're driving a "dry" stretch without any action for a while, we sometimes just switch off the engine, open up all windows and listen. It's amazing how many sounds and smells you acknowledge, Kruger you beauty! O/\

(P.S.-Do not attempt last tip, 2 o'clock in midday heat, you will die OR in CRAZEE,BUSY winter holidays, people will think you're freaky)

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Re: Bush Traditions

Post by Flutterby » Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:57 pm

Interesting Twigga...love the pics of the tree!! \O \O

I love the idea of just sitting and listening when there's nothing else happening...although will keep your tips in mind! -O

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Re: Bush Traditions

Post by Sprocky » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:06 pm

If I am driving and not seeing much I light a smoke. Within seconds I will be juggling the camera and cigarette to get a shot. =O:
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Re: Bush Traditions

Post by Mel » Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:27 pm

-O Sprocky!

I find that cigarette thing works with anything when you have to wait:
food at the restaurant, the train, ...

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Nothing stupid about taking photos of the same tree all over again, Twigga!
We do the same with the museum at Auchterlonie in KTP. After a few visits
we got a nice collection of it. 0- As for the rest of your traditions - nice ones. \O

Flutts, the shirt is here. :twisted:
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Re: Bush Traditions

Post by harrys » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:14 pm

Interesting topic ;-)

I like to book long in advance.
Drive with open windows and no seatbelts O:V .
No music or radio \O .
When I am alone I like to drive the whole day leaving at gate opening and coming back just before the gate closes 0- .
Make a fire whether we are braaing or not, I just love sitting at the fire and talking nonsense or discussing the days sightings. I usually take 2 bags off wood for everyday 0-
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Re: Bush Traditions

Post by Sprocky » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:17 pm

Harry, I seriously think we need to spend a night around the same fire! \O
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Re: Bush Traditions

Post by harrys » Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:31 pm

Sprocky thats a great idea \O \O , When we come down in December I will book at Phalaborwa tourist resort for 1 night and I will let you know when \O
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