I have not done this in a while, but recent American Take-Away in a certain Lion park, and response to it and various theories I just had to.
Some might know that I spend more than just 50% of my current life in the bush. Kalahari, Namib, Kruger, in the ocean with Jaws, and loving it. Now my take on certain statements.
Complacency causes death. Looking into history. Leopard deaths in Skuks Staff village, on a bridge near Malelane,crocodile death at Skuks golf club, re-arranged nose(that was me) by Ellie. the list goes on and on.
This weekend I was in a camp, undisclosed, alone for 5 hours. Ellies, lions, leopard etc around. I was wide awake(nice term for looking over my shoulder every few seconds)
It can happen any time.
Firstly Lion Parks: The guide of said woman should have turned the car around, told the guest the journey is ending because she did not listen. Simple. You cannot blame a dead person on your watch for not listening.
OSV's: There is a BIG statement on the safety of OSV's. Kruger lions are used to it, bla bla bla. One day, some lion, leopard is going to jump in, it will be easy for such a cat. And then the animal will go mad, killing, mauling, and also killing the industry. Yes, trackers are sitting on the open seat. But one day is one day.
Walks: We know the history of the hippo killing a guest, lions charging, ellies being shot etc. But one day it will be worse.
Every day I spend in Kruger, I see people, guides, guests, staff being complacent, cause nothing ever happens. But when it does happen. Do not blame a dead person for not listening. You are responsible for lives, every time you get behind a wheel, into a boat, into the bush. If it is driving a bus, doing courses, Wild Camping in Botswana, or just having a braai. There are some great guides driving OSV's in Kruger, diving with sharks, walking with guests but the industry does not need the current Monopoly run by a few and so-called tourism industries, it needs responsible, knowledgable people that can show the world our Africa. We do not need systems to improve employment by making a taxi driver a guide like in 2010 Fifa, we do not need to create jobs by having people that do not know, or do not care taking the lives of tourists in their hands.
The animals out there are wild beasts, strong, temperamental, and dont care for our rules. Always be aware, always be safe. Dont be a "Big Ranger". Care!