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Roaming Safari?

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Roaming Safari?

Hello,

This may be an odd question, but.....

Last year I was able to go on a couple of safari tours in Kenya and Tanzania. They were fabulous. But...

Understandably, all the parks I went to had rules that vehicles had to keep to the roads to protect the environment as hundreds of vehicles driving willy-nilly would soon cause major damage to the vegetation and impact the wildlife.

I'm wondering, however, if there are locations where to "free roam" would not result in these negative impacts. Are there parks or other ares where this time of safari is still allowed?

Thanks so much,

-annabell

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1. Re: Roaming Safari?

The private reserves such as those bordering Kruger, like Sabi Sands, Timbavati, Klaserie etc allow their vehicles driven by guides to go 'off road'. No guests are allowed to self drive on these reserves, so the limited number of vehicles traversing generally keeps any long term damage from occurring. If you google search for lodges in any of these areas you will get an idea of how it works.

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2. Re: Roaming Safari?

Hi there Annabell

>>>Understandably, all the parks I went to had rules that vehicles had to keep to the roads to protect the environment as hundreds of vehicles driving willy-nilly would soon cause major damage to the vegetation and impact the wildlife<<<

No you cannot drive off road willy nilly in the South African parks either for the exact reasons you have stated.

There are many private reserves in South Africa such as the few that are adjacent to Kruger Park itself. In these reserves the game vehicles are allowed off road but contrary to what is often advertised, they do not just drive through the bush looking for wildlife. Untold damage would occur to the little creatures and the flora, in fact it is quite unimaginable.

Many many animals actually use the man made tracks through these areas and are spotted this way, others are found by trackers or other game vehicles. If there is a good sighting found, then the rangers are allowed to drive carefully through the bush to get to it, but they do not drive off road just looking. This often results in a spectacular and close up viewing for the guests but there are still rules to be followed. There are limited vehicles allowed at any one time and the rangers should also use each others vehicle tracks.

I hope this make sense and clarifies it for you.

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3. Re: Roaming Safari?

Have had some lovely safari experiences in the Greater Kruger National Park in recent years, where the rangers and drivers take you off the main road on the paths described by thesandmans above. This has resulted in numerous very close encounters with wildlife that we usually found ourselves much further from during East Africa safaris in the Serengeti and Masai Mara. Here are some pictures of some leopards that we saw during a trip to Gomo Gomo in Timbavati and Klaserie a couple years back. Many times, these lovely creatures were just a handful of meters away from our jeep.

Leopards at Gomo Gomo

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We threw in a couple cheetah pics as well for fun.....

Happy safari making if you do decide to go to South Africa.

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Great photo's BradJill :0)

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