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Vienna Archive - Bushcamp

Some shareholders were less optimistic at the speed of approvals for the share block and caravan sites became more permanent with small areas of grass springing up around them.

Vienna Archive - Bushcamp

Vienna Archive - Bushcamp

Another early view of the Bushcamp.  The "communal" braai structure in the middle of the camp was the scene of many festive evenings around the fire by a group of shareholders. Many long lasting friendships forged in this environment. Who can ever forget the late Frank Douwes' earthy language and his famous "train smash" and pap. Enough for the whole camp irrespective of numbers. Current office structure in the background. Sadly the magnificent knobthorn tree in the foreground died off years later and no longer exists.

Vienna Archive - Bushcamp

Vienna Archive - Bushcamp

An early view of the bushcamp after the bungalows had been thatched for the first time. A temporary workshop was erected between the two bungalows and this can be seen in the photograph.

Vienna Archive - Bushcamp

Vienna Archive - Bushcamp ablutions

Ablutions in the Bush Camp was limited to a single water tap. The shell of bungalow one can be seen in the background - subsequently to be thatched by Harry Savage and thereafter known as Harry's Hut.The remaining bungalows were refurbished and thatched in later years. Bungalow one was in constant demand because of its relative luxury.

Vienna Archive - Bushcamp ablutions

Vienna Archive - Accommodation bushcamp shed

Communal "Five Star" accommodation in the early days was on the floor of the old hunting camp shed.(Which has been transformed into the manager's house over the years) The walls were chicken wire to keep out dangerous "noonies"! The alternative accommodation was in the old abbatoir (current parking garage) with the old meat processing relics and the piles of giraffe skins and abandoned biltong in the drying ovens. But there was a hot shower and a flush toilet available!! Not popular with a lot of the ladies who likened it to an Auschwitz camp! Quite an adventure though!

Vienna Archive - Accommodation bushcamp shed
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