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A Night Drive In The Kruger National Park – Fact – Fantastic
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A Night Drive In the Kruger National Park – Fact – Fantastic

I wrote an article expounding the disastrous night drive my wife and I had many years ago, and this is an article on a drive we had a year ago. Not from Olifants camp this time, but from a group that collected us from Malelane entrance gate. I'd been to a conference for Golf Course Superintendents, and my wife had accompanied me. A night drive, arranged by the organisers, to take place on the last night.

On our arrival, when we saw this on the list of activities, the wife and I groaned, “not another disaster, please!” my reaction. We would have to attend, as this was the closing event of the conference, and a non-attendance would pose badly on the record. The conference well organised with many activities, gave us a certain sense of confidence that maybe the drive would not be disastrous. That, it was not.

The setting sun saw the arrival of three vehicles, the smaller with less seating stopping near us. “Get on, we want those seats.” my instruction to the wife, let me at least have a spot light, I can ignore the guide and enjoy myself. The smaller vehicle, being the most popular, soon filled and off through the gate to await closing time. Once again this is when our guide introduced himself. On this occasion we had drawn an African gentleman, his hair in dread locks, this ill-omened the good beginning. How wrong of me to judge another by his hair style.

He explained who he was, is upbringing, being that of a local tribe, where he'd been educated and why he loved his job. Acceptable, well-spoken, young, the worry being, had his father taught him bush craft? My concern, was this a youngster who was merely doing a job. He explained where he was taking us, because he was aware of certain sightings. “Show us the big five, and we'll talk again.” my snide remark, well he came close, he managed to find four of the five, not an easy task on a two-hour drive in the evening.

His bush knowledge, outstanding, probably forgotten some items I must still learn, he stop on two occasions to point out Chameleon sitting in trees that none of us had seen. He had no light, was this a form of wizard, driving our vehicle? My wife queried how he'd seen them, his answer explained that us, the light operators, would search for the eyes of big game and the flash he would see in the trees was enough for him to know it was the chameleon. I was unaware of the fact that a lizard of that size and stature even gave an eye reflection.

His patience with twelve rowdy people, magnanimous to say the least, the questions asked answered in a gentlemanly manner. No question seen as stupid, and every answer given, an education. The drive was so different to the first one we had been on, that it was unbelievable. The country had changed hands, and it appeared that the guides had too, for the better, I will admit. Anyone thinking of taking a night drive, I would now urge, this had been one of the best nights in the bush.

The drive culminated in a braai within the Park, on the top of a small hill. The fact that we were walking around, not in the dark, (well-lit) but within the confines of the Park at night, thrilling. I discussed our guide with the organiser of the evening, and I received assurance that these were not hand-picked guides, but what you saw is what you got, no matter who you were.

The African tradition of passing on knowledge from the elders to their issue has not been lost, this Gentleman informed me of that. Although he had attended a good school and had a tertiary education, this had not excused him from the lessons of his father at home.

Congratulations to the Kruger National Park on allowing such men and women to educate and entertain the foreign tourist that reach our shores that bring the much-needed income of foreign exchange.


Street Talk

What an awesome article! I felt like I was right there with in the bush...what an amazing teacher. Thank you so much!!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks so much Merrily this is a nice comment.

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

I would love to see those animals. Do they pack you in a minibus and carry you into where the lions and tigers roam? I've seen too many movies. Rob, are those all your pictures on your site? You can sell limited editions of some of them. Of course, YOU hold the copyrights. People would love them, especially wild animal lovers.

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  about 1 decade ago

It is an open vehicle with a roof that gives you a much closer feel to what you see, wild animals see the whole vehicle and not the contents. Its a bit like being in an open can before you empty it. A closer encounter you cannot have, wonderful. My own photos of which my eBook is full.

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  about 1 decade ago

Rob this article is so much deeper than your obvious experience of a wonderful night tour. How quickly we are to judge others based on the outward appearance when the beauty shines forth (or not) from within!

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  about 1 decade ago

How true Heather, latent racial distrust probably driving the mind, had me immediately judging the lad. Only later to spend nearly an hour at the braai talking with him about his upbringing, and how similar his and mine had been. Two kids of different colour, with similar likes, we could so easily have been from the same family. I have kept contact with him, now a fair friend, and when visiting the park, a call on the cell phone, gives me info on where to go for the latest good sightings. The main point I was hoping to get across, after my last article about a night drive is the improvement, no longer a privileged person in the seat, but now rather a dedicated, well educated guide, and a genuine nice guy. A trip worth taking for guests to our country.

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  about 1 decade ago

I did get that too ;-) I think too much sometimes!

  
  about 1 decade ago

Enjoying these articles... I have a link to "Africa - Always alive and wild" I watch frequently..Have seen lions, hippo's, elephants, and lots of other African wildlife

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  about 1 decade ago

Oh Kevin to experience it in real life, every day a different one, you can visit every day and see something new, the wilds of Africa, that the poaching is trying to rob us of.

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  about 1 decade ago

What is it like seeing a lion and hippo up close?

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  about 1 decade ago

Absolutely magnificent, words cannot describe it.

  
  about 1 decade ago
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