Speeding in Kruger

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From what you have actually witnessed, is there presently a speeding problem in Kruger National Park?

Yes
395
91%
No
37
9%
 
Total votes: 432

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Speeding in Kruger

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Dear members,

Speeding seems to be a major problem in Kruger and we get the feeling that most members have witnessed speeding while in the Park. Before we do an in depth poll, we need to know if the majority share the same concern. Please vote yes or no. The intention of this poll is not to point fingers, or lay blame anywhere, but to evaluate the number/percentage of members who partake.

Please only post a short summery of your experiences to back up your vote in this topic.

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Yip, from my personal experience, speeding is most definitely a major problem in Kruger, but not just Kruger. Parks like Kgalagadi and West Coast National Park are also affected.

This is not a park specific issue; this is a problem that the senior management of SANParks should address for ALL their parks.
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Last New Year staying at Letaba late afternoon, cars speeding off towards Phalaborwa gate making for uncomfortable driving.
general impatience is also a problem. for example at sightings people take risks to get past, and also overtaking on blind bends and rises.
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Yes, speeding is huge a problem in all parks, particularly in my experience KNP and Golden Gate (the national road passing through). On 3 visits to KNP ths year we experienced that most vehicles were speeding. When travelling at speed limit everywhere we are constantly overtaken by private vehicles, contractors, supplier trucks, vans, OSV's and minibus taxis. Speeding occurs on both tar and gravel, with most being obviously on tar. I have not noted much speeding by SANParks vehicles althoug hI have seen very few SANParks vehicles on the roads. A problem area is the road from Punda Maria gate to the border post at Pafuri with vehicles using this road simply as a transport route, having no interest whatsoever in the national park.

Speeding completely destroys the sense of place of a place like Kruger National Park, ruining sightings and the complete experience.
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As said Kruger is not the only SANPark where this happen. Just go down to West Coast NP on a weekend to do some birding. Nearly impossible to stop on the twisty parts of the tar road as people come charging around blind corners at speed.

As far as Kruger goes this past September visit we saw numerous cars speeding past us, the majority being tourist vehicles and notably 4x4s.

We did encounter speeding by:
- Taxi at high speed between Lake Panic and Skukuza
- Bus with primary school children between Skukuza and Berg-en-Dal
- 3 OSV vehicles in convoy between Satara and Skukuza
- 1 military vehicle (bakkie) which also had 4 people on the open back
- And then numerous tourist vehicles on tar as well as gravel roads. Seemed as some were practicing for a career in motor rallies the way they sped on the gravel

It is especially notable late afternoon before gate closing when some people try and visit a waterhole etc for the last time before they have to be in camp. S100 and H7 was good examples of this during our stay at Satara.
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I was only in the Park for 5 days in July yet every day I was frequently overtaken by speeding vehicles. Having said that, possibly because of the roads we travelled, all were 'tourist' vehicles.
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Speeding in the kruger

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I was in the park two years ago with my daughter and son-in-law. We went on an organised game drive early one morning. To begin with the driver drove so slowly we all started to sleep but on the way back to camp he was going well above the speed limit makin game viewing very difficult. I really believe the speed limits are there for a reason and should be adhered to at all times
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Some memorable highlights.
On the Olifants approach road, a supply truck lost control on a corner and luckily I was able to turn into the northern dirt road to avoid it narrowly as it came onto my side of the road. Hein could do nothing because I had no reg no or other info, because it was going so FAST.
On the Talamati dirt road, staff overtook me as I was following loping hyenas, and they chased them off as they sped away. I reported it at T, but got a disarming smile.

I am sure that forumites could build up an impressive dossier on this.

I went to the WCNP birding day 2 weeks ago and on the way home, saw a group of motorcyclists weaving through the cars behind me. I weaved in front of them and showed them a 50 sign. They all slowed down to 50 and did not try to overtake. :clap: Sometimes it just needs a small action. We turned a bend and an ostrich was in the middle of the road. I (and the now convoy) was able to stop in time until it orientated itself and ran off.
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We need some more votes here please!
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This may not be possible, but what about putting a notice re this poll on the main page? I do not think many people really come and look at the “poll” section on the forum. This topic also did not display under “latest on the forum” on the main page when it was created.
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speeding is a widespread disease in most national parks and from what I have witnessed, it involves all kind of drivers : staff, suppliers, workers and visitors :evil:
I need to figure out how I can come to the KNP for 3 months
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This may not be possible, but what about putting a notice re this poll on the main page?


I second Jumbo's idea about the main page. This is a sickness that is spreading in all the parks and the country. Let's hope something can be done about this. If we sit back, nothing is going to happen.
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I think the main problem is the example set by official vehicles, and what I often suspect is family of Parks staff.

There is no reason for them to drive faster than the rest of us, except in very rare emergencies.

Tourists will never stick to the rules whilst constantly being overtaken by staff vehicles, lorries etc.

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Yep
And i mostly saw normal tourist vehicles. Sedan and 4x4
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kaaskop wrote:
This may not be possible, but what about putting a notice re this poll on the main page?


I second Jumbo's idea about the main page.

Will ask Diannet to look at doing this.

FYI - there is a link to the poll forum on the homepage.
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