Very valid point taken, Roan.
I think ecologists who manage national parks and game reserves are in a bit of a catch-22.
On the one hand they need to keep the plant community in a healthy state.
On the other hand, tourists who bring in the essential funds, want to see animals and lots of them.
Natural ecosystems (with large mammals as essential components) have evolved to operate over massive areas.
Ancient migration patterns were specifically adapted to the natural water distribution patterns through the different seasons.
Most areas away from perennial rivers were probably lightly utilized and for only a small portion of the year. Large herds moved through the area and only returned the next year.
Then western civilization arrived here with their fences, roads and national boundaries which totally disrupted these ancient patterns.
Now we must try and mimic the natural state of things in small fenced-in areas.
The animals are sedentary and they need water year-round in previously semi-arid areas to survive.
We can't totally remove animals from an area for a part of the year, as would have been the case in the past when animals moved around freely.
Even if we could do that, it wouldn't go down well with the tourists who bring their pounds and dollars to see the big 5...
I don't know if there is a totally waterproof solution.
However the only workable long term alternative that exist is to enlarge game reserves by bringing down the fences and linking existing reserves with each other.
The larger the area the easier it is to restore natural migratory and water distribution patterns by closing artificial water holes and opening up old grazing areas.
I have 2 big concerns however.
Firstly, can the system cope with the high elephant population that came into existence due to past unnatural water provisioning practices?
Secondly, the ever growing human population is quickly converting all remaining natural areas into "human habitats" and on a daily basis we are losing essential habitat which is needed if this solution is to work...