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Kruger park zoning

Unread postby Albert » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:02 pm

I have read the Kruger Park Zoning document (or at least the executive summary) with great interest. Quite frankly, I was really quite perturbed recently regarding the statements that were made, as it were "in preparation" of the release of this information. However, I must say that I am impressed with the overall zoning plan. (The only problem that I have with the document is that it was made available as a low-res PDF with the result that some of the maps are very difficult to read).

What I find of particular interest (as I guess most of the KNP regulars would) are the proposed additions w.r.t facilities. As a summary, I count 4 new campsites, 9 new picnic sites, 5 new tented camps, 13 new viewing platforms, 10 new bird hides, 10 new overnight bird hides, and 7 new lookout sites. There are quite a few new gravel roads/loops proposed as well.

Whilst I am probably part of (to quote from the executive summary) "the affluent sections of the apartheid society" I really think that the proposed Peripheral Development Zones, and in particular the Multiple Use Zones are a huge step in the right direction regarding involvement of the population living on the borders of the park.

I am not a 100% convinced that the proposed increase (managed or not) of tourist numbers will be such a great thing, but we will wait and see. I wonder, in particular, whether the potential impact of increased numbers in the drier areas of the park has been fully investigated. What is clear to me is that certain areas of the park will most definitely become a lot more congested if the projected increase in tourist number materialise.

Having voiced my concerns, I must say that overall I really looking forward to making use of some of the facilities that are proposed... like the camping site up near Pafuri, the tented camps between Shingwedzi and Punda...other new campsites....
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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:09 pm

Just as has been done in many parks like Addo, could Sanparks buy up adjacent land, like some of the adjoining western game reserves. It would redistribute many of the self drive cars to these areas and be a potential area for Sanparks accommodation (possibly taking over current lodges)?

Has anyone got a link to the new plans?
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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:12 pm

ps Just found the document under "news" on the sanparks home page
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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:23 pm

One thing that worries me, is (maybe I missed it) the lack of new roads which will lead to more congestion. There are not many places in the south (of Tshokwane) that have potential for more roads, and the report says the north will be largely left alone. That is where the wide open roadless spaces are.

With 800000 people on its borders, there should be no problem finding committed, motivated staff with integrity to cope with the increase.
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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby HermanPienaar » Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:34 pm

I love the idea of new bird hides, camp sits, etc. but I am not convinced conservation has priority in such developments. As it is at the moment poaching is out of control and such developments might just increase poaching. Perhaps if the proposed new developments are done further away from the park boundaries it might just work.
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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby Albert » Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:26 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:One thing that worries me, is (maybe I missed it) the lack of new roads which will lead to more congestion. There are not many places in the south (of Tshokwane) that have potential for more roads, and the report says the north will be largely left alone. That is where the wide open roadless spaces are.

With 800000 people on its borders, there should be no problem finding committed, motivated staff with integrity to cope with the increase.


There are new roads proposed in the north as well; for example a new access road from just south of Shingwedzi to the western park border, an new loops and linking gravel roads (some on the eastern border). In the south there are also a number of new loops and, most significantly, a road from PKop to BnD along the park border.
In my opinion, these new roads/loops in the south will not really relieve congestion.
Another question: will the developments proposed for the north (tented camps, campsites) really materialise? This is the section of the park that has low occupancy in the off-peak periods. Will it make sense to provide more accommodation in an area that is already under-utilized? Or is it maybe in anticipation of the KNP regulars fleeing the crowds down south? :D
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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:41 pm

I am logged in from home to work, to a server, from there to another, and another, and so on, so I haven't read through the zoning plan.

But I personally would applaud any plan that includes some rustic camp(s) and a bit of road in the north.
We usually skip the south entirely, only popping into Kruger at Orpen or Phalaborwa.
If you take the R52 (Red rocks loop) as a border, have a look at the size of the northern area. That is about the size of the area under Skukuza, yet is only has two camps (Sirheni and Punda). And only a few roads.
The far north is the best place for birding, so I would absolutely love to have a camp near(ish) Pafuri picnicspot, say at Baobab hill, and in the area of Ntomeni and the other pans. (They are to the east of Klopperfontein.)
There are management (sand) roads already, so it will not make as big an impact as you might think.
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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:52 pm

As long as the "Rustic Camps" are not ultra luxury tents only. Us campers also need a few spots like Bontle in Marakele. :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:05 pm

Scipio, page 9 has a map showing where the new campsites are planned. Sure it will fill you with joy :D One near Pafuri, on the left of the main road facing north, just south of Nyala Drive. And others.
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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:08 pm

I have seen. 8) 8) 8) 8)

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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:20 pm

To me in principle the PDZ is good.

It is not something brand new, it was already proposed by the Hoek commission in 1951, then in the Master Plan for the Kruger National Park in 1986 and now it is reality.

The maps are not very high definition but as I interpret on what I see on the maps on pages 7, 8 and 9 it is indicated that the area at the confluence of the Crocodile River and the Timfenheni Creek is still zoned as primitive.

What still needs to be explained is the legends:

What is a "tented camp".
What is a "camp site".
What is a "primitive camp".
What is "other"
What is "wilderness camping".
What is "rustic camping".

The Minister of EA replied in Parliament that the development at Shangoni would be a lodge, maybe inside or outside the KNP, the map indicates a "community campsite".

Just maybe it will be a good idea of all the legends are defined.

Nowhere on these maps do I find any indication as per the scoping report of the area designated for the MSR any indication of a planned hotel.

Oh yes and before I forget someone asked me in the locked thread, to prove my statement that the PDZ came to life in September 2011, just maybe interested parties should have a look at the maps - the proof is there.
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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby Weltenman » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:01 pm

gmlsmit wrote:What still needs to be explained is the legends:

What is a "tented camp".
What is a "camp site".
What is a "primitive camp".
What is "other"
What is "wilderness camping".
What is "rustic camping".



Are you referring to the maps with the existing and the new planned commercialisation projects? Or are these terms in the report and then on the maps as I cannot find a "wilderness camping" on the maps but it is referred to in the document. Maybe "wilderness camping" are the camp sites on the maps? :hmz:

Tented camps I expect as per earlier posts to be like Tamboti. (You posted the details from the minister about the new developments and they mentioned the camps with 6-8 units)
Camp Site, i.e. Tzendze
Primitive camps - same locations as the walking trails camps.
Other - there are descriptions next to the legends, although they are difficult to read. I can make out "Army Base" next to one of the legends on the map, so I guess these are "structures" already in Kruger that are used for a variety of tasks?
Wilderness camping and rustic camping are not on the maps but are referred to in the document, maybe the same thing?


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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:21 pm

I was referring to the whole document.

I would prefer someone who has the facts to define the legends.

Speculation is what leads to rows.
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Re: Kruger park zoning

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:54 pm

I was not able to see the maps earlier.

I agree, there are not enough proposed roads in the south to alleviate congestion, but there is now a high occupancy rate in Kruger - try to get a booking out of school holidays for what you want 2 months in advance - and the northern areas will 'fill up'.

It looks exciting, especially if more 'Tambotis' and 'Tzendzes' are built.
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