Kruger needs a compliance document for visitors, says reader

2014-01-27 12:29
A News24 Travel reader, Annet Janse van Rensburg, shares how as a child she was clearly guided on how to behave and act when close to animals.

"We spent some time at Kruger National Park from 1 to 7 Jan 2014 and enjoyed it pretty much. It is just sad that so many tourist disobey the rules of the park.

My parent took me to the park as a child and we were clearly guided on how to behave and act close to animals but it seems the “modern” children rules the parents and not the other way round.

One morning we were going from Mopani to Shingwedzi and saw people outside the car taking pictures of themselves at the Capricorn site.

I want to suggest that the rules although it is printed on the back of the entry document (in small print) should be handed out as a separate document and people entering should also sign a compliance document. Hopefully this will deter them from disobeying rules.

What makes me sad and is also disturbing is the amount of open vehicles used by the so-called safari companies. If those people can drive in an open vehicle it send out the message that we as normal visitor in domestic cars can also do the same.

Furthermore, should we not encourage more persons to join the Honorary Rangers, train them properly and deploy them during peak times throughout the park.

In conclusion we did not see much animals but experience some special moments for instance at Mooiplaas waterhole we saw several raptors catching insects (not in the air but in the open veld) and for me and my partner the ultimate site was a leopard resting in a tree on the Balule gravel road close to the tar road. Seeing this in real time was extraordinary and no more only something on TV."

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