Rusky, in the incidents that I cited, I did indeed speak to the visitors who were disturbing my peace, and in all instances I was basically told that it was my tough luck — or in the case of the partying adults, invited to join them, as if that would alieviate the "problem". Both the families with children accused me of being "anti-child", with the implication that anything their little darlings did should be accepted. The children at Sirheni were riding those plastic big-wheel tricycles, which are very noisy, and unfortunately taking the matter to the camp manager did no good as the family had NO respect for him since he was black (remember, this was 2000; I would hope that there is less overt racism now, but sadly it does still exist and can be a negative reality of the park experience). The family at Grootkolk told me quite frankly that it was just my tough luck to be there, they had apparently assumed that they would have the camp to themselves (even tho they had only booked 3 of the 4 tents
), and that since there were (far) more of them then solo me, they would do what they pleased. And again, there was no recourse to the manager, particularly as Grootkolk is so very remote that rule-breakers cannot easily be "removed". Indeed, these people were so inconsiderate that they didn't depart until more than two hours later than the 09h00 vacate time, leaving the camp's tourism assistant with less than an hour to get their 3 tents ready for the next guests
In all these instances, the rule breakers were well aware of the rules and couldn't have cared less. And in these smaller camps, there is also no easy way to punish or remove offenders, since in KTP there is only the single tourism assistant, who is viewed by many (and particularly by this sort of rulle breaker) as merely glorified cleaning staff, while the KNP bush camps have a very small staff and in my experience the camp's manager is equally "dismissed" as irrelevant and lacking in authority by such rule breakers, and depending on the remoteness of these camps, the camp manager has little recourse to any effective higher authority.
@ Africat: I did wonder why I'd not heard from you, so thanks for explaining
I'm sorry that your KNP visit was disappointing, but do understand why. I'll be there for two weeks in October, mainly in the north (Tamboti, Mopani, Punda Maria, Shimuwini), where there is a better chance of finding quiet, but I agree that the Kruger bush experience is becoming less and less satisfying as visitors expecting a full-service resort increase
I very much fear that the addition of a swimming pool (albeit a small "paddle" pool) at Shimuwini means that this camp will no longer be an oasis of tranquility