..........something else than a viewpoint in a wildlifepark like Kruger. And also something different than viewpoint near waterholes.
Ruud , perhaps we should also get this in perspective . Kruger is not a wildlife park . It is a nature reserve - and the main purpose thereof is to conserve nature - . The main purpose therefore is not tourism .
Here is an extract from the National Parks Act - act 57 of 1976 :
4. Object of a park
The object of the constitution of a park is the establishment, preservation and
study therein of wild animal, marine and plant life and objects of geological,
archaeological, historical, ethnological, oceanographic, educational and other
scientific interest and objects relating to the said life of the first-mentioned objects
or to events in or the history of the park, in such a manner that the area which
constitutes the park shall, as far as may be and for the benefit and enjoyment of
visitors, be retained in its natural state.
maybe it is because english is not my first language and would it be easier for me to express myself in dutch
, but let me try again:
In the first place I really love to come to Kruger as soon as possible and we stay as long as possible with much pleasure!!
But ofcourse you're right that we have to be very very carefull with environments like Kruger'park' or Kruger nature reserve
, but I cannot find a reason why it is such a big problem to improve the visibity at many waterholes. I don't think it has anything to do with the preservation of the heritage. When waterholes are closed, OK no problem but than they have to take everything away so that there is no waterhole anymore. But I hope you agree with me that for instance Renosterpan was! a nice place to park, wait and relax till lions, leopard, zebras wildbeast or whatever comes for a drink. But now it is just impossible to have a look on the waterhole. Only in the corner of the 'parkingplace' some-one with a 4x4 or bakkie started to drive 'through'the bush and when 1 starts with doing so, many people follows. IMHO it's no problem at all to cut the bushes down to the ground so that every-one has a good view. And like Renosterpan I can find many other places like that. Littering is definately another discussion and has nothing to do with visibility.
And I must say that we are very happy not to drive in a economy size verhicle while we have our own 4x4.
But when I see several Sanparks-workers throughout the park cutting the grass and small bushes away close to 'No entry' signs, because than everybody can see that you are not allowed to drive that way, it also must be possible to do the same at some waterholes.
And maybe our expectations are too high or am I looking to this 'problem' in a 'european way'. And maybe people in SA are having a different view because they can visit Kruger more or easier than 'we from Europe', but when I visit Kruger and see on a map that somewhere is a waterhole close to the road, I have a expectation to see at least something and no sometimes you can't even see anything. I think more than 95% of Krugervisitors comes to Kruger to enjoy the wildlife and they doesn't come to look to grass,bushes or whatever at waterholes
And again you're right that tourism is not the main purpose but should there be a Kruger without tourism....?? I don't think so. Saying this I have to doubt about it. When do they start to built a new hotel in the southern part of Kruger.....???? I think they better should improve the visibility than building a new hotel which means more touritst!! and so more money!!
And I am told that less than 4 % of Kruger is 'open' for us tourist... so it must be possible to find a good balance in that.
I hope you do understand my point of view (due to my 'bad' english
) but you don't have to agree with me
and maybe I park my 4x4 next to you're Landy sometimes