I have seen very odd things from overseas visitors, but sadly I've also seen things from South African's, who should really be leading by example. Would I be starting a province war if I mentioned that the number plates often seem to be GP...?
A number of years ago we came across a leopard, sitting on a branch right on the side of the road, near to leeupan. There was a South African out of his car, walking closer to the tree to take photo's. There were loads of cars around (we were certainly not the first on the scene), and when people saw him being so bold they started sitting up on the window frames, etc, to get better photo's. It really is a shame that we don't seem to lead by good example and this would probably be a good place to start.
I also think it's a good advert for our country if we try to help overseas tourists as much as possible. Another time, on the road from Nkulu to Skukuza we spotted a leopard lying on a sand bank in the river. After a while a few more cars arrived and things were going well. Just before we left I realised that the car next to us had two young Germans in it, and commented to them how lucky all of us were to have had the sighting. At that stage the chap only plucked up the courage to ask if we were all looking at a crocodile!!! By the time we pointed out the leopard to them they were so excited, never having seen one in the wild before. It was easy to see from their faces that that moment would stay in their memories for a lifetime.
Don't get me wrong, I've also been annoyed at times by overseas tourists (especially when they behave as if the game ranger taking a night drive should know where the Big 5 are almost lined up along the road, like it's a zoo!), but it's our responsibility to educate them, and ensure that they leave SA wanting to return and advertising the country to anyone they speak to once back home
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