Cape Town - Are you a Kruger boffin? And love history and SA's natural heritage? Then you'd love South African National Parks' Fireside Stories in the Kruger National Park.
On selected days during the last week of the school holidays, management and wildlife experts will engage with visitors in camps, sharing their Kruger knowledge around a campfire.
Topics of discussion will include Ranger Experiences, the History of the Park, the Histories of various Kruger camps, Ranger Anti-Poaching and the 2013 Floods.
The below Camps will be hosting fireside presentations/ stories in order for management to interact with tourists.
When: 7 July 2016
Topic: History of the Park
When: 9 July 2016
Where: Communal Braai Area
Topic: Ranger Anti-Poaching
When: 11 July 2016
Where: Day Visitor Site
Topic: 2013 Floods
When: 14 July 2016
Topic: General Answer & Questions session with guides
The presentations will be done around a camp fire and quests are requested to bring camp chairs and drinks along.
Presentations starts at 18:30 on the outlined dates, and will be free of charge to overnight campers in the park.
The Kruger National Park has been filled to the brim over the entire school holiday period, with both day visitors and campers. But the magnitude of people in the park, and annual increasing numbers, has been a cause of frustration in the park.
SANParks and many visitors are blaming the congestion in the park to modern technology - the use of wildlife sighting apps to assist in spotting sightings across the park. But others say the apps are being scapegoated as the cause for what is actually SANParks' management shortcomings.
Traveller24 sparked a heated debate on Twitter on Friday, 1 July, when we asked app users and SANParks lovers to come up with possible solutions to the ongoing wildlife app controversy, which has been attributed to increased speeding and road kills within the parks.
Three core positive outcomes stood out in particular for us. You can read about them here: #ShockWildlifeTruths offers positive guidelines on app use in SANParks
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