At Gharaghab we were confined to our tent for a whole day and a night, because of lions in the camp. What will you do with children in a situation like that? We couldn't even get to our vehicle. How long wil a child of any age stay happy in a cramped space in a dangerous situation? Do you really want to expose your kids to danger like that?
Hi Lonehill Birders the points you have raised above is actually supporting ice's argument of why is SANParks against a child sharing a tent with two adults at a wilderness camp. At the moment you are forced to book two units, but in reality will only use one unit. According to the rules my 12 year old is allowed to join us, but as you mentioned above is it safe for the party to be split in two with either the children in one unit and adults in the other. When we go on holiday and specially at wilderness camps we would like to eat together in the evening and sleep in the same unit and not split the party of 3 people. Surely if I am confortable with 3 people in a unit no one is going to tell me I am not allowed.
We have booked at Gharagab for our next holiday in Dec and it was no problem to make the reservation for 3 people in 2 tents. As you have mentioned above it will not be safe to split and in the end one unit will not be used. In that case its fine with parks policy, because they will receive the payments on two units, but at an extra cost for us who will still be cramped in one.
The point ice and myself want to make is why does the park discriminate against families of 3 or 5. Besides the fact that one must pay extra it is also often difficult to get bookings for two units, thus limiting oppurtunities to get a booking even if you are prepared to pay more.
Nossob, MataMata and Kalahari Tented Camp are geared for children, TKC even has a swimming pool, why spoil the experience for other visitors of bush camps by insisting on taking children - why not respect the rules that are made for a reason?
On this point I totally disagree with you and actually feel insulted. How can you argue that I will not respect the park rules if I bring my child along to a wilderness camp. There are no rules against children 12 year and older number one and secondly children are not the ones that will spoil your wilderness experience. The ones that do spoil it are adults and the very same adults, if they had children, that will not make sure the children are quiet in the evening.
Even when staying at Nossob I apply the same rules for wilderness camps and also expect a quiet atmosphere, which does not happen during school holidays.
The only way for me to experience KTP in peace is by visiting the wildernes camps, but since last year were suddenly prevented without booking an extra unit.
My child visited the wilderness camps since 2006 when he was 7 years old, but now I am in a way restricted.
Last year we had a booking at Grootkolk for 3 nights with the total number of people at the camp 5 plus the 3 of us. We were not allowed to book in unless the 3rd person book somewhere else even although the total number of people would not have exceeded 8 in the camp. The water consumption and linen argument does not hold for me either as they will not give you extra linen for the 3rd person. If you booked 3 nights it means only one change, while with 3 different bookings it would have been 3 times more. Maybe a new rule must be 2 night minimum then.
If water and garbage was areal concern how is it possible that extra units at these camps are planned for the near future. Sorry I feel the same as ice and feels there is some conspirancy against families with children.