We're from South Africa, and frequently go on self-drive safaris here (i.e. without a guide). There is a fairly good camaraderie in the South African national parks between fellow self-drivers and even tour guides to mention / point out wildlife spotted in the park - provided courteous / common sense behavior is shown.
So… we're going to Yellowstone this winter (mid-December) and we're wondering, if we want to go wildlife viewing along the Lamar Valley in our own rented car, would we have a fair chance of spotting wildlife on our own? For example, if we see other vehicles pulled over, and we pull over (in a designated area of course), would that be acceptable behavior?
I.e. Does a similar camaraderie exist in Yellowstone as in the South African national parks?
We really enjoy the freedom of spotting wildlife on our own and hope that we can have a great wildlife experience (with a fair chance of seeing wolves) in our own vehicle in Yellowstone.
Many thanks - Andre and Lexi