Is our love of camp­ing ge­netic? Or is it some­thing that’s taught by one gen­er­a­tion to the next? Leon Dill­man from Pre­to­ria looked through his fam­ily photo al­bum to see who was bit­ten by the camp­ing bug first.

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He was sit­ting look­ing at his Sprite Swift the other day and started won­der­ing why he loved camp­ing so much. “We go camp­ing at least five times a year when the op­por­tu­nity ar­rises,” says Leon Dill­man about his fam­ily hol­i­days with his wife, Elmi, and their chil­dren, Ruben (12) and Cara-Lee (10). “It feels like an in­her­ent trait, and I can see it in my kids too. It’s like they know the only real hol­i­day is one in­volv­ing a tent or a car­a­van. There’s no deny­ing it: there’s a pal­pa­ble dif­fer­ence be­tween a camp­ing hol­i­day and one where you stay in a chalet, es­pe­cially if you’re trav­el­ling with chil­dren. With camp­ing there’s just so much for them to do – you al­most never see them. But when you’re in a chalet, it’s up to you to en­ter­tain them. “I be­lieve the chil­dren of any­one who as a child ex­pe­ri­enced the joys of camp­ing will al­ways want to camp. Maybe it’s ge­netic, or maybe it’s some­thing you teach to your de­scen­dants. “With this in mind, I start­ing go­ing through our fam­ily pho­tos to try and find out when ex­actly the Dill­mans started camp­ing.”

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