I am absolutely GUTTED to say the least!
Why is it that we all (at least the majority of us) go to the Kgalgadi?
I am pretty sure everyone has their reasons from amazing photographic opportunities to big cats to suricates to its harshness and the list goes on and on...
BUT I am pretty sure the real reason we all LOVE this place SO MUCH, is for its solitude, stillness and just PURE UNTOUCHED WILDERNESS!!! This what makes the Kgalagadi SO special and in my eyes why it tops any other National Parks! How can we let this go for people that only see financial gain! I truly don't believe the Botswanan side have the UNTOUCHED beauty and conservation as their priority, its secondary to MONEY! is there no ways SANparks can provide greater input (and assistance to be honest).
I am sure very little of the 'newly formed income' will go to conservation as well so what good is this doing? Simply the Botswanan Government and the private investors will be richer! WELL THAT'S GREAT!
The construction of these lodges is surely going to take this away? especially if they are going to be over-the-top luxury lodges that are visible for all to see
I am only 23 years old and just fear the future that if this happens we will NO longer have the Kalahari as we know it, UNTOUCHED!
"The opportunities we don't take in this life time will be LOST FOREVER"... This applies in a different way to these developments, once they are there they are there FOREVER, something we (SANparks) surely can alter.
I understand Botswana need to make money but there is surely a better and more ethical way!!!
What's hurts the most is there is so little we as visitors to the park can do!
The Kalahari reveals itself to...... only those who seek with a true heart.
I wake up everyday, in this beautiful country of ours, hoping that soon I will make a difference to the future of our wildlife...
I hope to fulfill my dreams...