In America at Yellowstone National Park, there are Buffalo, Bear, Cougar, Moose, Elk, Deer and a number of other wild animals that can injure and kill people. Almost every year people are killed or maimed in encounters with these animals in the park, because of wandering off-trail at thermal areas like hot springs and geysers. These encounters and tragedies occur despite strict warnings and liability postings, because encounters between people and animals sometimes end badly. Despite the common problems, the entire park is open to all, and no areas are truly off limits. You can alight from your vehicle anywhere in the park, and you can hike the extensive trail system throughout the park, but all at your own risk.
I am not saying that SanParks should open up the parks more, but I think that with sufficient warnings people should be able to choose whether to take the risk in parks like MZNP that offer hiking/walking trails.
I am with you on this one. But it's not an easy one.
What can be allowed and what can not be allowed by SANparks? Take for instance a camp like Grootkolk where people and big cats are almost talking to each other about the weather. Most vistors are raving about that camp including me. And allthough there is an armed ranger on site which reduces the risk of serious incidents to e serious extent, I wouldn't be surprised if one day or another an incident will occur in or around that camp. The day this would happen I for one would sure hope SANparks will NOT decide to close this gem of a camp.
So I hope the walks will still be allowed, yes. Where does it end when Sanparks would rethink things every time an incident occur? I do agree however with jenismithies in the way that I don't envy Sanparks for having to take decisions like this. Easy for me to write my thoughts from a safe desk.
In the meanwhile, my deepest sympathy goes out to the victim, his family and friends. May he rest in peace.