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 Post subject: Suggestion
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:29 am 
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Several threads and topics of contention recently have set me thinking.....

We know that many people do not read the leaflet given out with entrance permits - even forumites have confessed to not knowing what is in it! That is is one of the reasons rules and regulations are not obeyed. Another is lack of understanding of the reason behind the rules and regulations. If we know why we must or must not do something we are more likely to comply.

So rather than simply complain about lack of compliance I wondered about a solution. The video loop was one idea, but seems to be a while in becoming reality. Another solution may be a friendly leaflet handed out with the officlal one. This would be in much bigger print and look more interesting - children would also be more likely to read it, and we know how good they can be at nagging parents who do wrong!

A first draft idea follows. Maybe we can work on it together?

Welcome to the Kruger National Park. We want you to enjoy your visit, so please read this leaflet carefully. It will help to enhance your experience, and help you avoid breaking any rules and regulations.

1. Stay in your vehicle at all times.
Only get out of the vehicle if there is a sign saying that you may do so. All the animals are wild and therefore unpredictable, so you are only safe in your vehicle, with doors closed. Don’t lean out of windows or sunroofs because the animals will recognise the human outline and either run away or attack.

2. The speed limit is 50km/hr on tar roads and 40km/hr on gravel roads.
If you go faster than this you will not be able to see many animals, and if they come onto the road from behind bushes you will not be able to stop in time. If you drive fast past vehicles which are stopped to view wildlife you will scare the animals or birds away. If you drive fast on the gravel roads and stir up dust it obscures vision, and makes accidents more likely.

3. Stay on designated roads at all times.
You must always have at least 2 wheels on the road surface. If you drive off the road you damage the veld and the vegetation takes at least a full season to recover. You may also cause soil erosion. Some of the road edges are soft and you may get stuck.

4. Do not feed the animals.
If they are given food they start to lose their fear of people, and learn to associate people with food. They may spend more time on the roads increasing the risk of accidents. They can become aggressive towards people who do not give them food, and then may have to be shot. Even dropping crumbs for birds can attract monkeys and baboons which may become dangerous. Some of our food is also not good for animals.

5. Keep quiet in the camps between 2130 and 0600.
This allows you to be able to hear the night sounds of the bush, and to get enough sleep before the morning game drives. Please be considerate of your neighbours.

6. Do not stop on a single lane bridge if another vehicle is waiting to cross.
If you want to take photos, or watch birds or animals move off the bridge and return after other vehicles have crossed. Please be considerate.

7. Do not block the road at sightings.
Park on the side of the road that the game is located, leaving the opposite lane free for other vehicles to pass. Do not park diagonally as this reduces the width of the road further. If there are many vehicles trying to see the same animals please be considerate and move off after a while so others also get a chance for a good view. Turn off your engine to avoid scaring the animals away, and keep voices low for the same reason.

8. Be careful passing animals at the side of the road.
The sound of an approaching vehicle may startle them and make them run into the road in front of you.

9. Allow sufficient time to be at the gate or camp before closing time.
It is not safe to be out on the roads after closing time because of reduced visibility and increased predator activity.

10. Other rules and regulations.
Please read the leaflet attached to your entrance permit for further information. If you do not understand any rule or regulation please ask a member of staff to explain to you why it is necessary.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:42 am 
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EJ, this is a great idea! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:42 am 
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ecojunkie wrote:
Another solution may be a friendly leaflet handed out with the official one.


I agree 100% ecojunkie. Great idea :thumbs_up:

And your draft is also good.
My only suggestion would be to reduce the amount of text and make it more frank. Ram home the message as quickly as possible.

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4. Do not feed the animals.
If they are given food they learn to associate people with food. They will become aggressive towards people, and then will have to be shot.

Pictures also say a thousand words. Maybe of a ranger aiming (not actually shooting) at a group of monkeys. Shock people into obeying the rules.


Just my 2 cents...

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:43 am 
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Brilliant idea :D

:clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:57 am 
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ecojunkie :D great idea!
Maybe this will contribute to the awareness of all visitors to KRUGER what impact they have on this Eden when they do not follow the rules. To many of us it just simple logic to others less informed it may not. :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:01 am 
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@Nyamandlovu - precisely why we need to work on this together! I know wording can always be improved.

The draft fitted into A4 size, so if it was turned into a double-sided leaflet, possibly folded to A5 size there is plenty of room for some photos - or maybe some good cartoons would be even more effective?

Thanks for the encouragement folks. More input needed now...

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To many of us it just simple logic to others less informed it may not. :clap:

Well said! :thumbs_up:

EJ, I've read through your draft again and I think it's great. :D I like the friendly way you go about explaining the rules, everyone should be able to understand it well. Maybe it could be translated into a few other languages?

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion
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:clap: :clap:

Another suggestion for you guys to think about; Perhaps we could look at this being sent when the bookings are confirmed via email - no costs would be involved then, and folk will have time to read it before getting to the Park. You know, when you are planning your trip and you cannot read enough about it!

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:15 am 
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DB great idea, and if the confirmation is sent by post, forward it together with the reservation. :clap: a copy should accompany every admission authorization to any Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 9:21 am 
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DinkyBird wrote:
:clap: :clap:

Another suggestion for you guys to think about; Perhaps we could look at this being sent when the bookings are confirmed via email - no costs would be involved then, and folk will have time to read it before getting to the Park. You know, when you are planning your trip and you cannot read enough about it!


We would still have to have some at gates for day visitors though.

And I think that if the artists among us come up with some pithy cartoons they would really be more effective than photos - and also cheaper to produce when printed, and smaller files to send out on email.

@JenB - other languages is an essential I think!

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestion
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Cartoons would be a great idea.
Simple, sticks in your memory and captures the essence of the rule.

Here is a ROUGH draft. Stop laughing :redface:
Note the bird, which could be present in all cartoons as the conveyor of the rule being broken.

Image

Artistic connoisseurs would have noted the wag lines around the lionesses tail :wink:

Perhaps we should get someone with artistic flare (i.e. not me) to do the cartoons :lol:

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Nyamandlovu! :lol: :clap: :clap:

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Nyamandlovu, I have always thought that cartoons make the best impact 8)

Great idea :thumbs_up:

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@Nyamandlovu - exactly the sort of thing I was thinking about!

C'mon artistic types - here is your chance to shine!

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I think its a great idea! Just for the sake of planning here is a quote I received yesterday for one of my clients that Im designing a broshure for:

Amount - x3000 pamphlets
Size - (DL) 99mm x 210mm (a third of an A4)
Paper - printed both sides on 150gsm gloss
Colour - full colur

Excluding design and layout

Cost R4275-00 vat incl.

3000 pamphlets would be enough for one weekend! OK the more you print the cheaper it becomes per pamphlet - but could still be quite costly.

We need a sponsor! This could be a great marketing opportunity for some company/or companies.


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