I haven't had as many bad experiences in KTP wilderness camps as Scouter -- and Scouter, you really have my sympathy! -- but my first time at Grootkolk was a nightmare, with the other 3 tents being occupied by a group of families with 5 or 6 children under the age of 6. These kiddies were running around this unfenced camp and making noise as only toddlers can, and their parents attintude to me -- who had travelled all the way from the USA for this special wilderness experience -- was that they were the majority, kids would be kids, and it was my touch luck. I believe that it's experiences such as mine at Grootkolk that resulted in the ruling that no children under the age of 12 are now allowed at wilderness camps.
But you DO still get the occassional group intent on having a jol, their concept of the privacy of the wilderness camp being that it gives them the "priviledge" to do what they wish, regardless of whom else they disturb -- and since I'm a foreigner, alone and female, I matter for naught. I've been told more than once (in various situations in various SANParks) "How dare YOU (implied foreign (and female) visitor) tell ME what to do in MY park!"
Thank you Meneer, indeed.
I've also heard tales of visitors arriving in one of these (very expensive) small camps only to discover that there is ongoing construction work. This has happened to me twice at Punda Maria in KNP, but not personally in KTP, tho I've heard tales about such experiences at Grootkolk from several people. While I can understand that rennovations are inevitably necessary, I think that SANParks ought to at least both warn visitors and offer the options of either a reduced rate or being able to change camps (and I've submitted such suggestions to SANParks, but have never had so much as the courtesy of a reply
). (Of course, in KTP changing camp might be impossible, since the park is so often fully booked.) Many visitors spend most/all day in camp at the KTP wilderness camps, and ongoing constuction makes this impossible and destroys the special ambience that is the reason most choose these camps.
So truth is, you takes your chances ...