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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:16 pm 
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What exactly does "searching the vehicle" involve? Do they go through all your luggage?


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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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Nice to see Sanparks uniforms at the gate :thumbs_up: once again. :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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DB I think Hawk looks very suspicious I think its a good thing you were searched ... Guys keep up the good work .. I think I would like to be searched .. gives a feeling of them doing the job properly

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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Hugh wrote:
gives a feeling of them doing the job properly

It does Hugh :D We left through Orpen gate last Friday and I had that feeling :thumbs_up:
Yes, it is good to see SANParks uniforms at the gates again, I agree isinkwe.

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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Val and EJ, you two just look highly suspicious, so expect to be stopped often :twisted:


That's what worries me!!!! :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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I agree, this is very good :thumbs_up: .

Hehehe suspicious looking forumites :lol: I guess wearing this 8) will not help :lol: :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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Great - this is fantastic! :D

Just one small silly question - those of us who visit and camp in a caravan, will the guards want to check inside the van? 'Cos that could cause a bit of a traffic jam - knowing how some vans are packed :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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PNF wrote:
Great - this is fantastic! :D

Just one small silly question - those of us who visit and camp in a caravan, will the guards want to check inside the van? 'Cos that could cause a bit of a traffic jam - knowing how some vans are packed :twisted:

Yup, that's why I was also wondering what exactly "searching the vehicle" involves. With several camera bags, clothing, cooler, fridge, picnic cutlery for breakfasts, crate for miscellaneous "stuff", etc, etc, it takes us about 30 minutes to load the car when we leave. It they make us unpack all of that at the gate, well, let's just say you don't want to be behind us in the queue! :doh:


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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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Is there a limit to what "supplies" can be brought into the park in a trailer/caravan?;)Our trailer is like a Makro on wheels;)

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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Is there a limit to what "supplies" can be brought into the park in a trailer/caravan?;)Our trailer is like a Makro on wheels;)

The only limiting factor would be the size of your trailer :lol: I would imagine, I take enough stuff in my van to be self sufficient for at least 2 weeks for 4 adults, includes wood and charcoal, even take a pot to make my own bread :D

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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PNF wrote:
Great - this is fantastic! :D

Just one small silly question - those of us who visit and camp in a caravan, will the guards want to check inside the van? 'Cos that could cause a bit of a traffic jam - knowing how some vans are packed :twisted:

Yup, that's why I was also wondering what exactly "searching the vehicle" involves. With several camera bags, clothing, cooler, fridge, picnic cutlery for breakfasts, crate for miscellaneous "stuff", etc, etc, it takes us about 30 minutes to load the car when we leave. It they make us unpack all of that at the gate, well, let's just say you don't want to be behind us in the queue! :doh:


From our experience two weeks ago, they just want to have a look at the luggage area/boot of the car. No bags are opened etc. I guess they could ask to you to open bags? Not sure what the legal issues are regarding this.

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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Interested to read that most of the comments are positive! However- 2 points I must mention:
1. On Tuesday last week, I entered at Paul Kruger Gate at the same time as a traffic official from nearby Hazyview.I greeted him (as I know him) and he told me he was going to Skukuza to "jiga jiga" (have some fun!!!) He entered the park on unofficial business in an official vehicle- paid no entrance fee and was not searched! :naughty:
2. I was in the park on Saturday- taking visitors from Gauteng- our car was searched on entering. When we left through Phabeni gate, I asked the young female guard what they were looking for with the mirror... to which she replied "Springbuck" seriously... I was not aware that we could see Springbuck in Kruger???? :doh: Furthermore- my boot was not searched at all!
Lets be consistent!

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Maybe just maybe some of our rugby team have gome AWOL !!!!

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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annevdw wrote:
Interested to read that most of the comments are positive! However- 2 points I must mention:
1. On Tuesday last week, I entered at Paul Kruger Gate at the same time as a traffic official from nearby Hazyview.I greeted him (as I know him) and he told me he was going to Skukuza to "jiga jiga" (have some fun!!!) He entered the park on unofficial business in an official vehicle- paid no entrance fee and was not searched! :naughty:
2. I was in the park on Saturday- taking visitors from Gauteng- our car was searched on entering. When we left through Phabeni gate, I asked the young female guard what they were looking for with the mirror... to which she replied "Springbuck" seriously... I was not aware that we could see Springbuck in Kruger???? :doh: Furthermore- my boot was not searched at all!
Lets be consistent!


Maybe she thought she was in the other park where "Springbuck" are found :shock: :shock: :( :(

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 Post subject: Re: New guards boost security in the KNP
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I'm sure she was just tired of being asked , so came up with an obscure answer. It is however a bit of a concern that they are checking under the vehicle (which is easy to do!) but not inside which is a bit more difficult!

Having said that this is all conjecture and as I wasn't there I cannot comment.

Hopefully they will also learn and be able to "profile" when to do a complete search and when not. I know it is never 100% accurate to do that, but one needs to be practical (time efficient) and still have a good chance of catching the perps!

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