Hey there fellow 'mites.
Wild Garden Man (
) has a point.
There are only two types of offenders. The "don't know type", we can work with and adjust their errant ways.
The "don't care" type are the ones that need to be expelled from the park. These are the dangerous ones.
Having said that, the few that do obey the rules are not going to change the minds of those who don't. Leading by example certainly did not stop people from protruding from their vehicles and I had some very mixed reactions to my requests and or orders to "get back in that car" whilein KNP last week. Neither did my slow travelling speeds stop the speedsters.
The problem as I see it is this.
We can sign all the pledges we like and it will have no effect. We, the members of this forum, know the rules so we have NO EXCUSES. Therefore we abide by them because we know and because we care.
During my stay, we went from Skukuza to Tamboti, past Satara, up to Balule, Olifants Letaba and then back down to Lower Sabie and finally Croc Bridge.
We also had an impromptu visit to Skukuza from CB. Fair to say we travelled a great distance and on many roads?
I never saw one speed trap or one official in any capacity out there. The loons out there just did what they dam well liked and they mostly got away with it.
It is precisely this type of behaviour that gave rise to my first comment in my trip report.
Do we have a right to see KNP or should some qualifying criteria be put in place to weed out the "bad element"?
I have a few pitures of loony bahaviour and will post them sometime very soon.
When I told one particular tourist that protruding from the vehicle was both dangerous and illegal, he was very unphased about it when I said I would be posting his picture on the gallery of shame.
His response was "I'm just sh!tting myself for you to do that'.
He cared not at all that he was in fact breaking the rules.
I reported him at Olifants and would love to know what the outcome was of the report.
Conservation is not an option.
It's imperative.Leave KNP alone. Go build a hotel someplace else. Reserves are for the preservation of wildlife. Think Pink. ..