Baobabs ( Muri kunguluwa) add to the beauty of this Wild Landscape. Trees play such a major role in the world and of course to the wildlife in Africa. There are so many creatures that rely on trees, in fact the whole Ecosystem relies on trees, all the way down from birds to insects, snakes to the animals that feed on the leaves of the trees. Elephants Giraffe, many bucks.
Baobab trees also live in Australia, India Ceylon, and Madagascar but mostly it's known in southern and central Africa. In South Africa, you don't really see Baobab trees south of Limpopo. The northeastern regions of the country, like in Limpopo and Mpumalanga region of South Africa.
Great Trees of the South African bush.
There are many iconic trees in South Africa and that is indigenous. The one that's probably the most famous is the baobab tree.
The trees shed leaves seasonally when the leaves are shed, the tree looks upside down. Like it was actually planted upside. appear like the roots are standing out in the ground.it has finger-like branches.
South Africa baobab grow between 5 to 20 m high and do flourish that a lot of the animals eat, monkey particularly, but also the bird's elephants have been understood to consume the fruit. Bats and bush baby.
There have carbon checked Baobabs for their age and it's been found, that some of the baobabs in the world are 3000 years old. Isn't that incredible? I imply 3000 years old. When you think of all the history that these trees have seen. The altering of time. the stores they might tell of life in the world. That truly does blow my mind that something can live so long.
Some baobab trees have actually been using for Shelter, Like small stores and there's even a tree in Zimbabwe that's so huge it was checked by putting 40 people inside its trunk. The bark is a smooth texture and shiny.
South African Baobab
The baobab fruit can mature to 30 cm 1 foot in length. the food is really high in vitamin C. and the nectar tartaric acid. The San tribe makes a beverage from soaking the fruit and it makes an extremely refreshing drink.
Baobabs have a big white flour, and it opens in the evening time to draw in animals, to feed upon the nectar.
San individuals believe that the baobab does not just grow as other trees do, they think, that the baobab is a magical tree which it appears and disappears magically. The young trees don't look the same as the older fully grown baobab trees.
The San people, like to grind up and roast the pods and drink it's comparable to a coffee. the pollen can be used to make a glue and likewise, the leaves can be boiled and consumed as greens like spinach and the bark is utilized to make paper mats and even clothing, and musical instruments
Because of the baobabs size, each tree supports its own community like birds insects and baboons consume the fruit bush children and that drinks the nectar. Elephants too. The Baobab is a is very Hardy tree. it's difficult to kill a baobab even with fire, they seem to withstand most everything.
Even if you strip the bark from a tree it does not die off as many trees do you.
It just grows brand-new skin people utilize Bark from developing baskets and making things like rope and they also make it clear from it by soaking the bark and medicines.
The baobab flowers with fruit.
Elephants have been reported to flatten whole trees smaller ones. It suggests the power it requires to do that. WOW, but they can and do. The elephants then consume them.
That's one of the things about elephants, they are destructive, and that's a risk to their survival. With open land disappearing, this is a problem. That's why the population of elephants requires to be kept under control because they will just kill all the trees around them.
Madagascar Baobab Tree
As you can see this is an extremely valuable tree to all the humans and creatures that live in the African bush.
African tribe folklore, along the Zambezi River, thinks that the baobab ended up being arrogant among the other trees and so the gods stopped that and planted them upside down.
This is where they get their funny look. In Zambia, the tribal people believe that the baobab tree is a god, and is worshiped for good harvest and rain.
Kafue National Park, there is a legend among the biggest baobab trees the legend goes that there were three young Maidens who resided in the shade of the tree. when the maidens became of age and started looking for spouses the tree became envious and it opened up its trunk and the maidens went inside to examine and the tree closes them up inside developed at this huge tree for others to witness.
Tribal people likewise believe the females that live near baobab trees deliver many boys, more so than women that live in other locations.
There has actually been some evidence of this since the leaves are extremely high in vitamin C when consumed it offsets the nutritional shortage in the women's diets leading to them being more fertile.
Where are they discovered?
The primary location that baobabs can be discovered in South Africa is in the Limpopo area near a town called Messina in Limpopo it's called the baobab town these trees also reside in Madagascar, however, the ones in Madagascar are quite different, they are taller, they look more like pillars straight trunks with the finger-like branches at the extremely top. the baobab likes to grow in arid hot Sandy areas.
Vultures aren't hovering over Africa, That's very bad news. Here's WHY
It’s hard to love vultures. Their bare-headed appearance, scavenging habits, and reputation as the refuse disposal workers of the bird world rarely endear them to a public who prefers more conventionally attractive creatures. But amid growing fears that the birds are facing extinction, conservationists are calling for more to be done to save these unloved birds of prey.
If this seems like old news, that’s because for some species it is. In the early 1990s, observers in India began to notice that vultures, which usually gathered in huge flocks around animal carcasses, were declining at an unprecedented rate.
At first, conservationists found this hard to believe: vultures are among the most adaptable of all the world’s birds and have learned to live alongside human beings, serving as the clean-up squads in urban and rural areas alike.
But in just 15 years, from 1992 to 2007, India’s most common three vulture species declined by between 97% and 99.9%. The consequences were catastrophic: only once the vultures had gone did people realize the crucial job they had been doing in clearing up the corpses of domestic and wild animals. Rotting carcasses contaminated water supplies, while rats and feral dogs multiplied, leading to a huge increase in the risk of disease for humans.
More than a decade after the crisis began, the key cause was confirmed. Asia’s vultures were feeding on animal carcasses containing diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory drug routinely given to domestic cattle but poisonous to birds.
Now, a similar story is unfolding in Africa, which is home to 11 of the world’s 16 old-world vulture species. They are found in towns and cities as well as in the savannah, where again they perform the vital role of the clean-up squad.
From Kenya to Ethiopia, Botswana, and South Africa, these birds have been a reassuring and seemingly permanent presence wherever big game animals roam. But now there are signs that Africa’s vulture populations are also plummeting at an alarming rate.
More than 2,000 hooded vultures– a significant proportion of the entire world population – died in Guinea-Bissau in March. The deaths were due to poisoning, and reports suggest they may be linked to the trade in vulture parts amid a widespread belief that possessing the head of a vulture guard against harm and acts as a good luck charm.
Following this and other incidents, the hooded vulture is listed as critically endangered – just one category above extinct – on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list. Twelve species of vulture are now listed as endangered or critically endangered, meaning vultures are one of the most threatened groups of birds on the planet.
Because vultures feed communally at a carcass, they are a sitting target for poachers, who can wipe out hundreds of birds at a time. Elephant poachers often target the birds, which otherwise might alert rangers to an illegal kill. Andre Botha, from South Africa’s Endangered Wildlife Trust, recalls that in June 2013 several hundred vultures were poisoned at an elephant carcass in the Zambezi region of Namibia. More recently, in June last year, 537 vultures of five different species were poisoned at elephant carcasses near Chobe national park in Botswana.
Dr. Steffen Oppel, an RSPB senior conservation scientist specializing in vultures, says that while deliberate poisoning by poachers does occur, other cases are unintentional. “Pastoralists and rural farmers try to protect their livestock from wild dogs, jackals, lions, and hyenas by poisoning predators, and vultures are the unfortunate collateral damage.”
According to Linda van den Heever, vulture project manager with BirdLife South Africa, deliberate and accidental poisoning now accounts for well over half of all unnatural vulture deaths in Africa.
The breakneck speed at which many African nations are developing their economies is also a factor in the vulture’s demise, Oppel points out. “Another fundamental problem is the rapid economic growth and accompanying consumption and construction of infrastructure,” he says. Power lines and wind turbines are a particular problem if safe design principles are ignored. Vultures – due to their large size – are especially vulnerable to colliding with them or being electrocuted when perching.
Conservation partnerships across eastern and southern Africa are focusing on trying to reduce the death toll from poisoning by providing training for law enforcement officers and rangers, and rapidly removing poisoned carcasses – though, with such huge areas involved, that is not an easy task.
Educational programs for rural communities are another, longer-term approach; as is reducing the impact of energy infrastructure.
Building on the success of similar schemes in Asia, a number of conservation organizations across southern Africa have come together in a single alliance, launching a series of Vulture Safe Zones across the region. These encourage owners of large tracts of land to keep vultures safe, with anti-poisoning measures, education projects, and ways to prevent habitat loss, yet another factor in the birds’ decline.
The next step, Botha says, is to get the support of national governments. “A lot more urgent action is needed across a range of fronts. Greater engagement, involvement, and support from African governments is a key requirement, with large-scale, coordinated action urgently needed.” The key to success will be by convincing people that it is in their own long-term interest to save Africa’s vultures.
The situation is not helped by a lack of appreciation of the importance of vultures, as Beckie Garbett of BirdLife International Africa admits.
“Vultures play a vital role within human ecosystems that most people are unaware of, and so they don’t class their conservation as important. We only have to look to Asia as an example of what could happen in the face of continued vulture declines in Africa.”
Taking a look into the Covid-19 virus in relation to poaching during lockdown and what's happening. Has the poaching increased or decreased during lockdown? Well it's a mixed batch of info, basically it depends on what part of Africa were looking at.
& How well the parks are funded, in the areas. Basically, It boils down to, The more well known the game reserves is, the more funding it receives and can afford to run patrolls during lockdown.
But the little guys Like in Malawi and the other smaller poor countries are getting hit bad...
But Back Home, The Poachers Have Found A New Angel During Lockdown
As the coronavirus pandemic halts tourism to Africa, poachers are encroaching on land and killing rhinos in travel hot spots now devoid of visitors and safari guides.
In Botswana, at least six rhinos have been poached since the virus shut down tourism there. In the northwest South Africa, at least nine rhinos have been killed since the virus lockdown.
“It’s a bloody calamity. It’s an absolute crisis,” said Map Ives, founder of Rhino Conservation Botswana, a nonprofit organization.
Ryan Tate is supposed to be in South Africa right now helping to fight off poachers who hack horns off rhinos and kill elephants for their ivory tusks.
But since the country announced a national lockdown in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Tate is stuck in the U.S. He can’t join his team out in South Africa’s wilderness and can’t meet with private donors in the U.S. for his anti-poaching nonprofit organization, which is seeing donations dry up.
“It’s a helpless feeling,” said Tate, a 35-year former Marine and the founder of VetPaw, a group of American military veterans who fight poachers in a remote private reserve in the far north of South Africa.
“Poaching doesn’t stop just because there’s a virus — if anything, it picks up,” he said.
Or, I dont have enuff for myself. this is not about you It's BIGGER.
People have been turning their head from Natural disasters for too long now, Just look at the state of the world right now.The air and water situation. We can all help..If we dont find a harmony with wildlife.
They Will Lose And Then, So Will We. When They Are All Gone.
We Must All Become Their Caretakers...
Or, I lost my Job, We all lost our jobs in 2020.That's why we have to work together. Stop these killers and there asian byers.
I need to provide for my family, yip we all do, your children will thank you. and one day ,will be proud of their family name for caring and making a difference.
We are only talking a small amount of money, we just need a little bit for everyone.
A “war” is raging between anti-poaching units and criminals trying to take advantage of the unprecedented lockdown’s impact on conservation efforts and vulnerable farms.
A shootout ensued on Sunday afternoon between would-be-poachers and the Northern Cape’s Anti Poaching unit, with four suspects arrested and a sizeable weapon stock confiscated.
A group of four men entered a farm in the Severn area and were caught red-handed trying to poach rhinos for their horns by members of the Kuruman Stock Theft unit. The Tswalu Anti- Poaching unit provided aerial and ground support to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and managed to apprehend the suspects.
The War will never stop with poaching, But it's definitely switching in the favor of the animals slowly. But it's up to the people to save the animals.
The animals in Africa belong to all. Emagine what it will be like when there are no more major spices in the World. It will be a serious downturn in humanati and have a major downturn in moral of people.
Signifying we are losing our planet, and with all this Tec we are not able to stand together and fight , eradicate these murderous cooks.
Really? A few crime boss family in Asia, against the world and we lost ??
It doesn't take a lot of money per family, we just need a lot of family to just give 10 to $50 . even if you have to sacrifice to do it .
This is one of those moments where you can make a big diff.
Amazing African youth, stand up for the environment
Hello everybody,I am the Chief Executive Officer of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and a big fan of Africa’s irrepressible youth.AWF is one of the oldest conservation organisations in Africa. We have been here since 1961, dedicated to protecting Africa’s wildlife and wildlands.
Our belief has always been that Africans are the best custodians for their wealth so our role is to empower governments and local communities to carry out that mandate. We believe in Africa.
I Hope China dose somthing about this poaching demand? I mean really this time they do something drastic They have been lying a lot about things lately and in the past . Like there economy in 2008 market crash and there GDP and lots of things.
The destruction to Africa by the chinese is unbelievable, Like there mining practices around the world and Africa. They destroy the land and animals to get the prize. They don't seem to respect nature or any other culture at all.
So I hope, we the world, can push hard on them to stop poaching the world ... I mean just the other day Chinese fishing boats where poaching of South African shores . During Lockdown ?
Some of asian peoples beliefs are doing some saver damage, irreversible damage in world Wildlife and they need to be put in check NOW...
I mean as of what we know about this virus right now it was cause ed by eating exzotic animals from africa and other parts of the world. So now they are killing people and animals ,
And the crazy thing is, Once people kill people it's not ok. But when people kill animals it's sorta not so bad ????????? Why Make me so angry for this MEDIEVAL thinking...
Just my OP..
Ready to Help Stop This
Please dont say ahh I'll do it later
Or I dont have enuff for myself, this is not about you.
Or I lost my Job, and need to provide for my family, your children will thank you and will be proud of their family name for caring.
We are only talking a small amount we just need a little bit for everyone.
A game reserve bordering the Kruger built a high-tech fortress and reduced poaching by 96%
A private reserve on the borders of the Kruger reduced poaching by 96% after it upgraded its tech. Photo Jay Caboz
Almost the size of Pretoria, this private 62,000 hectare reserve on the border of the Kruger has been turned into a 21st century bush-fortress.
The pilot project is called "Connected Conservation".
The upgrades reduced rhino-poaching incursions by 96%.
Key to their success has been reducing ranger response time from 30 minutes to 7 minutes, using tech.
Almost the size of Pretoria, this 62,000 hectare private reserve on the border with Kruger National Park has upped its game against poaching.
What was once an operation with a handful anti-poachers patrolling an electric fence and hiding in watch towers has now been turned into a 21st century fortress in the bush.
This is all thanks to a pilot project called "Connected Conservation", a collaboration between 48 private lodge owners, the tech company Cisco, and Dimension Data, the data solutions company.
“While there had been great initiatives to protect the rhino over the years, these were reactive and the number of these animals being killed were increasing at an alarming rate,” said Bruce Watson, group executive for the Cisco alliance at Dimension Data, and mastermind behind the scheme.
By combining tech like thermal imaging cameras and thumb-print scanners with things like sniffer dogs, the reserve tracks the movement of people before they get close to endangered animals.
So whether poachers try cutting fences during the new moon, attempt to drop in by helicopter, or simply drive in and wait for the cover of night – chances are the anti-poaching team will know about it before a shot is fired.
Since it began in 2015, the upgrades have brought about a 96% reduction in rhino poaching incursions, as well as reducing illegal incursions into the reserve by 68%.
Key to the success has been reducing ranger response time from 30 minutes to 7 minutes.
The real challenge, the team says, was getting the tech work in the harsh bush sun amid dust, insects, floods, lighting, and even pesky elephants.
This was how they did it.
1. They built a secure ‘net’ effectively turning the reserve into a 62,000 hectare WiFi zone.
Towers casting a 62,000 hectare wifi zone. Photo Jay Caboz
By installing RAN, a radio reserve area network system, and LoRa towers (low-power wide area networks) the team can connect, operate, and power devices in remote areas, over large distances, via a control centre.
The towers can operate by themselves thanks to solar panels with uninterruptible power supply (UPS) batteries that can last for days.
2. They gave rangers portable devices to access live data, track intruders and access the server remotely while out in the bush.
Video in the bush. Photo Connected Conservation
The ability to share live video footage with patrols from across the reserve greatly enhanced the ability to counter incursions.
3. They installed thermal imaging cameras along the fence perimeter and entrances.
Thermal imaging greatly improves the chances of spotting poachers at night. Photo Jay Caboz
Photo Jay Caboz
Thermal imaging can tell the difference between humans and animals, and helps to spot poachers approaching in the dead of night.
4. The 72 kilometre stretch of electrified fence is equipped with acoustic sensors – while magnetic sensors were installed under the fence to detect guns.
A border that extends for 72 kilometres.
While the acoustic sensors will trigger a siren in the control centre as soon as the wires are cut, magnetic sensors can pick up guns as they are thrown over the fence.
5. Biometric scanners were introduced at entrances.
Biometric systems. Photo Connected Conservation
Using fingerprint scanners and facial recognition systems the team can analyse real-time data from park visitors and vehicles, and also cross-reference them for historic suspicious behaviour.
6. They patrol on foot and with vehicles, use sniffer dogs, and have a helicopter team on standby.
Photo Jay Caboz
7. Data is collected and analysed on a cloud-stored system. They also plan to use predictive modelling in the future.
Photo Jay Caboz
The central control room. Photo Connected Conservation
The anti-poachers say humans are creatures of habit. By using technology they have been able to pick up the trends of poachers and pre-empt their strategies. Using predictive modelling, the analytics team can estimate when and where an individual or vehicle is expected to exit the reserve.
8. They collaborate with local police; have a lawyer on standby to ensure arrests stick; and are linked to a national database to identify criminals faster.
Although South Africa’s poaching levels fell slightly 1,028 rhino were poached in 2107. We lose up to three rhinos a day to poaching; if this rate continues the species will be extinct by 2025.
According to the team, gathering intelligence outside the reserve is as important as protecting the animals in it.
One thing that hasn’t worked: drones.
The area is simply too vast for drones to be effective. Photo Jay Caboz
The area is simply too vast for drones to be effective. When every minute counts, the anti-poachers found it was more efficient to send a team via helicopter than to try find poachers with a drone.
Dimension Data and Cisco Take Anti-Poaching Technology into Africa
LONDON & JOHANNESBURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Global technology giants, Dimension Data and Cisco, today announced that they are expanding their anti-poaching Connected Conservation programme into Zambia, Kenya, and Mozambique to continue protecting rhino, as well as help fight the war on the startling numbers of African savanna elephant being poached. This move follows a successful pilot which saw the two companies install some of the world’s most sophisticated technology in a private game reserve located next to the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Since the Connected Conservation technology was deployed in the private reserve in November 2015, the number of rhino poaching incidents has been reduced by 96%. In 2017, no rhino in the reserve were poached.
Every day, hundreds of suppliers and contractors, staff, security personnel, and tourists enter and exit game reserves and parks around the world. The human activity in these environments is often not monitored because the reserve is in a remote location with basic IT infrastructure and access control, manual security processes, and very limited communication.
“Many organisations have committed to protecting animals through various reactive initiatives, such as dehorning, or inserting sensors in the horn and under the subcutaneous layer of skin, explained Dimension Data Group Executive, Bruce Watson. “However, the problem with reactive initiatives is that by the time the reserve rangers reach the animal, it has been killed and the rhino horn or elephant tusks have been hacked off.”
With the Connected Conservation model, the technology is designed to proactively protect the land against humans. The animals are not touched, and are left to roam freely while a ‘layered’ effect of sophisticated technology, people and gadgets protect them.”
Cisco and Dimension Data’s vision is to replicate the solution in South Africa, Africa, and globally to protect all forms of endangered species including lion, pangolin, elephant, tigers in India and Asia, as well as sharks and sea rays in the ocean. The next project is already underway in an unnamed park in Zambia. This will be followed by Kenya and then Mozambique with a strong focus on protecting elephant.
According to a 2016 ¹Great Elephant Census (GEC) carried out by the Seattle-based Vulcan Inc, which is the engine behind philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen's network of organisations and initiatives, the savanna elephant population declined by 30% between 2007 and 2014, which equates to 144,000 elephants. The current rate of decline is 8% per year, primarily due to poaching. In Zambia, the elephant count was 21,758, with an 85%² carcass ratio in Siomi Ngwezi National Park, 3% for the rest of Zambia, and substantial declines along the Zambezi River.
The research also revealed that between 4,000 and 6,000 poachers were from households situated in the Game Management Areas (GMAs). This includes fisherman crossing large expanses of water into the game park.
A control room for Zambia’s special marine unit is being built to monitor operations across the lake and in the park, and a second marine unit powerboat will be deployed to assist with intercepts before poachers get to the animals.
Other equipment being deployed in Zambia includes:
Fixed thermal cameras mounted on radio masts which creates a permanent, virtual barrier on the park’s perimeter. The cameras which scan the park’s entry and exit gates are controlled by operators located in the control room.
CCTV analytics will be deployed to create a virtual trip-line that automatically detects the movement of fishermen and boats on the lake. Over time, park officials will be able to analyse the data and build a pattern of movement, as well as alert operators when there’s night-time movement across the barrier.
Outdoor Wi-Fi will also be mounted on the radio masts so that handheld devices and thermal cameras used by the rangers and security teams can be viewed and shared, and staff on the ground will be able to connect and communicate without their conversations being intercepted by poachers.
“We’re also working with the Zambian local authorities and the fishing community to create a centralised digital fishing permit system that will monitor individuals who pose as fisherman but are actually poachers,” Watson said.
Cisco Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Karen Walker, said, “More than ever before, technology has given us the ability to change the world – not tomorrow, not someday, but now. At Cisco, we’re dedicated to making a difference by connecting the world and protecting the oldest and most vulnerable animals with some of the newest connectivity technology.
“Working closely with Dimension Data, we’ve established a secure, reliable network that operates 24 hours daily across game reserves in South Africa and Africa. We are extremely proud to be part of the expansion of Connected Conservation into Africa, to save more endangered species.”
Watson added: “In partnership with Cisco, our vision is to eliminate all forms of poaching globally through continuous innovation in technology to protect more vulnerable species in more countries.”
I love technology and was wondering why its not used in the fight against Poaching to a bigger extent?
Well now it is, in the last 10 years things have really changed in the fight against poachers. The amount of resources the african gov put into wildlife tourism is shocking considering how large a portion the big 5 tour industry brings in .
I'm not sure why these governments don't understand this, if the big 5 are gone, we will loose easily 50% of travel to Africa ..
Not only that,But makes you wonder why they have not stopped it almost completely? Most of the military in south africa at least dose nothing all day. But sit around the bareks. Why are they not used to patrol the bush ? I Mean, they use to?
It's great training and helps cut down on poachers being able to operate. Makes no sense, unless they don't want to stop it ???
Here's another great article about high tech game parks in South Africa ...
Safaris Gone Electric >
Custom-built electric game drive vehicles are now operating around the Kruger National Park – and they're so quiet they're freaking out people and animals
Cheetah Plains' electric game vehicle. Photo Mike Eloff
New game-viewing vehicles near the Kruger are sneaking up on animals quietly, freaking them out.
They are the first electrically-powered game drive vehicles, built around Tesla batteries.
The custom-made prototypes can go about 50km.
Not only do they travel quietly, they're also decked with USB charging stations and heated seats.
South Africa’s first custom-built electric game drive vehicles are now operating around the Kruger National Park – and they're so quiet they're freaking out people and animals.
For Japie Van Niekerk, owner of Cheetah Plains Private Reserve, the idea was a no brainer after driving on an electric golf cart. That made him painfully aware of the sheer noise a diesel engine makes when out on safari.
"We have actually surprised some animals as we move through the bush," he said of the new vehicles.
Cheetah Plains' electric game vehicle. Photo Mike Eloff
Photo Mike Eloff
The newly launched Cheetah Plains is a luxury private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park, with rooms that cost R90,000 per night and include your own butler, spa therapist and field tracker. A state-of-the-art game-driving experience was the next logical step – and so these custom-made prototypes were built out of of Toyota Cruiser bodies.
“Bringing this technology to the luxury safari industry is incredible, as it allows for a far more tranquil & immersive safari experience,” said Van Niekerk.
Tesla battery powered motor. Photo Justin Glanvill
Photo Justin Glanvill
The secret to cruising around silently in the bush is Tesla batteries under the hood.
“The original engine was removed and replaced with an electric motor driven by Tesla batteries. The three Cruisers we currently have are operational and working brilliantly. However, they are still ‘prototypes’,” said Van Niekerk.
Modified suspension. Photo Justin Glanvill
The vehicles also come with modified suspension to allow for a softer and smoother ride, as well as heated seats for those chilly winter mornings in the open air, plus USB charging ports to ensure guests capture every moment of their ultimate game driving experience on their smartphones without fear of running of out power.
“We are still testing the full range, but currently [they can go] about 50km per charge,” said Van Niekerk.
Meanwhile the wildlife is starting to get used to the silent vehicles, which means closer encounters.
“We do not push boundaries with the animals within the reserve; we maintain a safe and responsible distance. But, we do find that they are slightly more relaxed with our presence in a sighting, especially with the antelope species,” said Van Niekerk.
And guests are loving it.
“Because these vehicles are virtually sound-less, I felt like I was a part of the natural landscape, not intruding in it. We were able to drive closer to animals, like a pack of impalas, without alarming them or scurrying them off. Plus, as an eco-conscious traveller, it felt especially important to be driving a vehicle with minimal waste emissions. I really hope electric game drive vehicles are the future of South African game lodges - for the sake of the experiences and, most importantly, the Earth,” said travel journalist Olivia Balsinger.
By the end of December, Van Niekerk says, the vehicles will be partially charged via solar panels.
I feel this is defenatly the future, Its all ready been in place for years in Ysimaty National Park .
It make sens, more natral. The whole point of being out there is to blend in as much as posible .
So you dont desterb and have a natral expareance. I often feel a bit of gilt when in a traffic jam in the game parks. But we cant avoid it , everyone one wants a chance to see the animals , so the next best thing is to make the cars electrick. I think the days are coming when you will not be able to self drive anymore in the parks.
There are a lot of idiots out there, who do some real stupid things. The animals are real and wild and people forget this. Crazy things like people getting outa cars to take a picture of a wild male lion, REALY !
But yip, it happens. People driving too close to the anumals. just no respect ...
Anyway there are allso a lot of cool respectfull, humble game viewing lovers . Who play nice and respect the animals space , those one/s we love to have in the parks.