Nice to see the impact of this thread three years later!
We need to put all this into discussion.
Some time ago I answered a questionnaire sent by Sanparks, asking, for instance, if 7 Eleven shops would be a nice thing to have in Kruger. My overall answer was: if you want something like this, go to a shopping center!
This doesn't seem to be the best plan for KNP.
Some time ago I listened from one of my previous biology students, who is working in a private reserve in center-west Brazil where people go to see animals like jaguars that they had been trained by rangers from KNP. That's an expertise SA has to offer the world, given the more than a century long experience in handling wilderness areas. I also bought a nice book entitled The Kruger Experience, where we can read about the ecological approach in the park. All this has everything to do with this plea to keep the spirit of Kruger alive, to keep the wilderness there! Ecotourism can be good but only if well managed, and it is not good management that Sanparks suggested in the contents of that questionnaire. It can seem that increasing tourism to unsustainable levels would be good profit, but this is so short-sighted: win in some years, lose for all life. If we forget about ecological reasons, to reach the hearrt of the most hard-nosed business guys, still it will be very bad economical management to spoil the wilderness of KNP or other parks, like KTP, to do easy money in short years.
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