Hey Elzet. Welcome to this madhouse.
What goes hahharrrrhahahah, klunk, aaaaargh.
Me, FOFLMFAO. (i just fell off my chair hen I read your "lecture".) (And MM's "List".)
What you don't seem to realise is that I live my trip (and previous trips) when I spend hours poring over the maps and "planning my trip". I get into the sprit of KNP months beofre I even get there. (Not that I am ever too far away from the spirit of the KNP.)
Only reason I plan is to go over what has been seen before and new places I would like to go. I always include one or two old faithful favourites and a few new places, new roads and hopefully, new experiences.
One of my best times in KNP was an improptu arrival without booking "long weekend" to Lower Sabie in the middle of the July Holidays. It was not an official long weekend, I just made it into one.
Good trip that one. Some of the most planned trips have been unmitigated disasters. (seeing nothing of what we specifically looked for, seeing no lion or only lion very far away when it could in fact have been the man on the moon.) Moving too often and too big a distance between camps.
Next trip, I spend a week at one camp, or at most two camps with a few days in each camp. (You see I camp in a tent and it gets tedious moving every other day.) Definitely in the northern part away from the mad loons and gridlock of the LS / Skukuza expressway. Somewhere like Balule for three days and Tsendze for three or four days. (maybe the other way around with more time at Balule.
As far as brekkie goes, I have to feed the crocodile that inhabits my gut and he gets hungry. Rusks and coffee are cool as snacks but like I have to eat big when in all that fresh air. Stopping for brekkie is not scheduled for 10h30 am every day, it's whenever we get to the brekkie place. That way we know how many eggs to take along and if we are having the egss with whole kernel corn or green pepper,toast or bread, bacon or sausages.
It's about having brekkie in different paces (planned, but different.)
It's about going somewhere new to look for game I haven't seen before. I was seriously miffed the other day because in 2003, I drove 2000km to find Eland in the Park (apparently only in the northern parts) and never saw one. The other day, I as out riding my bicycle and 60 km from home, I found a herd of them.
Then at my age, I have to make lists to remind me of where I'm going and why I went there.
Conservation is not an option.
It's imperative.Leave KNP alone. Go build a hotel someplace else. Reserves are for the preservation of wildlife. Think Pink. ..