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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:23 am 
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Having spent three weeks in the park recently I can say we saw a few examples of speeding and one of under age driving.
However we also saw traffic police every day and often more than once per day and that was from Punda Maria to Crocodile Bridge! I was pleasantly surprised to see the level of police presence.

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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From about an hour before the Orpen entrance-gate close, we noticed many people speeding in excess of 50 km/h (not including the park officials and taxis commissioned to carry staff, who often drive at 65 km/h as they are allowed). Also saw several diplomats driving in a line (D number plates) that were going over 60km/h. And finally, a car driving from Orpen down the last 7km stretch to the outer park gate, who must have been exceeding 100km/h - we were doing 50km/h going the other way, and the roar of his engine and wind created by his passing completely startled me - I hope it was a genuine emergency! :shock: :shock:

However, I'm pleased to say that there are still many people that do not exceed the speed limits, and almost every one of them was cordial enough to either wave at us first or return our waves. :clap: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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Let's hope they will collect every one of those fines as well. :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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I know this topic has been hammered to death, but I would really just like to urge everyone and again SANParks to be more cautious and pro-active on the roads in our Parks. I say pro-active, because during the easter weekend I did not find one road block and saw 1 traffic official (thank you officer!).

This weekend again I found too many animals killed in the park ... 3 snakes, 6 Crested Francolins and Natal Spurfowls, 2 night jars (and as these birds are mainly nocturnal and usually seen on night drives I'm quite comfortable to assume this was either staff or the night drive / morning drive trucks) .. the gates opened when the sun was up already so these birds would have been long gone). Also found 3 dead leopard tortoises, a slender tailed mongoose and a rainbow skink.

I have now reached the point where if I find anything slow on the road like a tortoise I will block the road and wait for it to reach the other side. I'm sad that I can't allow others to see it up close, but too many times have I tried to slow people down only to watch them miss the animals by centimeters.

And we as forum members are not free from this as well ... My trip in December I saw a vehicle with a yellow ribbon flying proudly drive over a chameleon. I have to also say that this member tried to avoid it and attempted to miss it.

Paying attention on the road is just as crucial as trying to spot something in the bush. Some animals are small like the tortoise we found no larger than a golf ball.

If you see someone speeding, block em, report em even crap them out ... but lets all try to make the roads safer for our animals .. after all .. THEY have right of way!

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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Where's the capes for our animal crusaders?!! :D :clap: Love your efforts to look out for the little critters! :clap:

That level of carnage is just terrible. :cry: Other than increased traffic patrol presence during busy times I just don't what else can be done. It seems a lot of people in the park are in too much of a rush and are too careless!! :evil:


and the delivery vehicles are the worst SO and I were on our way to satara from tsokwane when a petrol tanker came past me driving at least 120km per hour I nearly had heart failure as we were driving about 30km ph looking for game we heard this roar and zoom off went the thing I was so mad I told SO thats why elephants are charging vehicles its because of people like that We got a fright what still an animal! GRRRRRRRRRRR

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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Persons who speed in the Park should decide for themselves which they prefer:

this

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or this

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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Good post GMLsmit hope it hits home with some people

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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On a visit this past weekend it was obvious that speeding was rife ,

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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Sad but powerful post gmlsmit :(

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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Yup ... anyone who has done day trips from Paul Kruger gate will know what a racing strip that H11 is:
1 from staff vehicles that speed through before gate opening time for the general public.
2. busses and tour guides racing to Skukuza to pick up their guests,
3 general visitors when they have been in the park for a long time, speeding to the gate to get home or wherever.

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 Post subject: Re: Speeding in the Parks
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Netek ... there is truth to that statement. But there are no such facts available on who causes the road deaths so someone could always say we must present facts :wink:

But from first hand experience we notice who speeds :roll: The chances of killing an animal are greatly increased at night when some of these staff members are commuted here and there. In my minds eye, a car going 40kms/hour at night along Kruger's roads is a serious danger :hmz:

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 Post subject: Military Madness
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Hi All

No quite sure how to address this issue: I'm sure we all appreciate the efforts of the military in the fight against Rhino poaching etc.... but

While in the park last week during the school holidays on the main road between Skukuza and Lower Sabie
(H4-1) which was pretty busy and at times gridlocked due to the fantastic sightings - I needed to take evasive action twice, once when a miltary truck tore down the centre of the road at what seemed like 80kph and frightened three Kudu bulls who ran in front of the truck who swerved in my direction forcing me to swerve on to the gravel - a close shave for all. The following morning a troop carrier sped past me again causing a few cars to make way in haste.

It appears that the military do not adhere to the speed limits or take into account that animals do wander on to the road. Please note that the (H4-1) was the only road that I encountered military vehicles, I'm not sure if anyone else had any negative experiences in this regard.

On a brighter note, we had a fantastic time with great sightings, cant wait to return :)


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