Just a note here!
Why does Sanparks allow the sale of these spotlights in their shops inside the Park when they can potentially do so much damage?
I ask because I now have 3 spotlights, 2 of which are pistol grip ones.
When I stayed in Balule, I bought a third in the Park as I had forgotten to bring one of the other two with me, and there was no way I would be in Balule without a torch/spotlight.
And I have been on a night drive with my own spotlight and there was no talk of it not being allowed and I was able to use it unhindered.
Perhaps it had something to do with the truck being pretty full.
There did not seem to be much difference between mine spotlight and that of the trucks.
In any event, here as with so much else, being RESPONSIBLE with it is what is required.
It is always great to to find some night wildlife with it, such as bats, birds and on one occasion in Skuks, could watch a herd of elephants graze just below the walkway.
Great to see some very young ones too on that occasion.
Shining it incessantly on something is not acceptable.
And shining over other peoples space is simply rude.
I usually will go away from campers/residents in camps when out looking for night wildlife.
Batteries in some of these torches are rechargeable 6V and I have replaced mine once (in one torch) in four years.
Pretty good going I thought.
Chirinda is correct, usually all that is needed is replacement rechargeable batteries.
Even the bulbs can be replaced.
The one I bought inside the Park even came with a spare bulb, which I still have after 3 years of usage.
I will have to agree with your first part Noel, you not allowed to shine lights into the animals eyes at night. but they sell big spot lights, not the normal dinkie flashlight needed to work and do things around your camp...its like selling a gun at the parks shops..but no you cant shoot the animals!! (hyperthetically speaking)