Unfortunately it is always the few that ruin the reputation of many .
My wife is in real estate , and the initial impression of anyone is that she must be a shark , even though she has never lied to people to get the into a false buy , or pulled the wool over there eyes etc .
The thing is , and I would imagine just about everyone will agree , is that when the OSV business took of there where a large percentage of jj's that did not respect very much in the line of anyones viewing , and they where out there to make sure they showed there clients the max amount of game , so as to get the max amount of tip (who wouldnt) .
This has left a bit of a lasting impression in the minds of many tourists and regulars , who will take some convincing before they get those initial lasting impressions out there memory's , and will no doubt flare up and rant and rave at any inconvenience caused by an OSV driver .
The high "population" of these vehicles in the south of the park does not make matters any better , and as a regular I still get fairly irritated when the first thing an osv driver does at a sighting is to call in the rest of the fleet , effectively ruining that sighting due to overcrowding soon afterwards .
I do agree that the behavior of most of these jj's has without a doubt improved quite a lot lately , and I also know there are some dam good guides out there.
If the OSV companys would perhaps set slightly less of a hectic schedule so that the areas covered in a days drive where not so large , and the banning of radios calling in a horde to a sighting where stopped , effectively making the jj's actualy drive about looking for stuff , rather than determinedly heading to a lion kill 80km away , it would go a long way to there acceptance . If you go about your business in this way , then hats off to you
Re private tourists , there is a general decline in the behaviour of park visitors , so this is going the wrong way .
I still get amazed when people pile out there cars at sightings and so on , its apparent there is no understanding of the rules or even a care to follow them .
When I was at Kgalagadi recently , a rowdy group of young men came flying in to the park from outside recently , pulling up at the parks entrance gate after an extremely hazardous approach .
They came upon a lion sighting a little down the road , and proceeded to drive off the road and park in the middle of the bush(sand) , and carry on like a bunch of idiots laughing and making a large amount of noise etc .
There was also the guy in his big ford f150 bakkie who felt his pick up was far to large for the road so parked off the road at every opportunity .