Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:02 pm
Doesn't seem too bad?
Not sure if it is Kruger? But fine?
Will find out!
Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:56 pm
They went too close and disturbed the animals. Rather childish
If in Kruger it must be a private concession, Sanparks' guides only dress green.
Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:08 pm
Aye to both, Lis.
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:52 am
This ranger put all the people's lives at risk. Not clever at all
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:18 am
Stupid of that guide to push the guest in front of him!!
Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:09 pm
this one who hold the camera panic
I had once an encounter like that at "Ngala"
Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:11 pm
Just about every rule in the guiding book was broken here!! Firstly it is totally unnecessary for the "guides" to have needed to have gotten so close to those rhino, they could have viewed them without putting any pressure on the rhino from much further away. Secondly it is totally against all rules for guests to be in front of the back up rifle at any given time - not only does this happen but the "guide"actually pushed (albeit a very reluctant guest) one of the people past him. The back up rifle is responsible for ushering the guests to safety should a dangerous situation occur and the lead rifle then deals with the animal. Thirdly, given the current situation with poaching it is totally unnecessary to have endangered not only the rhino which would have been shot had it charged but it also extremely sensitive to understand the pressure being placed on rhino and this hould be respected.
Last but not least the guiding industry is crying out for regulation to stop this kind of thing happening. Guides are paid inadequate salaries, live in less than acceptable accommodation, work long hours and there is absolutely no incentive for studying or bettering themselves. Very sadly there is thus a high turnover within the industry and guides with 18 years experience are eventually leaving as there is no future for them. I recently heard of a vehicle encountered on a concession without a guide and the guests were traumatised as they said they had been waiting for 2 hours and that their guide had told them he was going to track a lion. They were driven back to the lodge to safety and a team went out to find an hysterical guide who had NEVER tracked a lion in his life blubbering in a tree and surrounded by a herd of elephant.
If the industry is to maintain norms and standards then they will have to lay down minimum conditions and it should be compulsory for all guides to be assessed constantly as to their ability to handle a situation that will neither endanger guests nor cause an innocent animal to be shot! Oh and BTW all those rhino charged because they were provoked in to doing so!
Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:02 pm
In the old days trails guiding was a recognised way of "preparing" young rangers for "greater honours", ie section ranger, and they were extremely keen and patient. I don't think the majority of trails guides are reckless, but there definitely needs to be regulation!
Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:04 pm
Pounds for your thoughts Penny. very valid comments.
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