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Game viewing vehicle

Unread postby jekalo » Tue May 11, 2010 6:19 pm

Are visitors in the park allowed to drive in an open game viewing vehicle. If it is privately owened I mean and not one belonging to a tour group. I have a chance to buy a second hand one of these but will look at other vehicles if I would not be allowed to take it into the national parks. I will be moving to a house just about 30 minutes from the orpen gate in a few months time.
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Re: Game viewing vehicle

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue May 11, 2010 7:45 pm

You need a special permit to use the open vehicles in the park. As far as know it is only available for commercial use and costs quite a bit of money - also the conservation charge for guests in those vehicles is higher and Wild cards do not apply.

While at Punda I saw folk come in with a vehicle which could be adapted quickly to an open safari style and they rode into camp like that. The camp manager told them very rapidly that it was not allowed and to convert the vehicle back immediately.
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Re: Game viewing vehicle

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue May 11, 2010 9:03 pm

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Also take in to consideration that KNP has strict rules as to what is allowed, and what type of protection needs to be given. If you look at the KNP vehicles, you will soon notice that there are considerable canvas coverings, that serves to hide the passengers from view. This was introduced after a few incidents where animals reacted aggressively to passengers in such open vehicles.
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Re: Game viewing vehicle

Unread postby Elsa » Sat May 15, 2010 10:46 am

We have a friend who is now running a safari game viewing business in Kruger and she was telling us that SANParks are very strict and her vehicle has to go to Skukuza every year to be evaluated and have her permit renewed otherwise she cannot operate in Kruger.
Lots of other rules for them apply as well, plus she said that if they get reported for any bad behaviour 3 times their licence is immediately cancelled.
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Re: Game viewing vehicle

Unread postby jekalo » Sun May 16, 2010 12:41 pm

Thanks for the feedback. I had suspected that it might not be possible to use a private open vehicle in the park and your answers seem to reafirm that thought. I will go for a more conventional landy instead. Thanks for the information.
David


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