“Good heavens!” you might think. “What on earth are these people on about? Game reserve etiquette? Whatever next!“
This is a ticklish one, simply because in writing it we had a sense of preaching to the converted. In spite of this, we felt that it would be a good thing to remind folks of the niceties that all visitors should consider when visiting an Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife protected area – well, not only a KZN one – any one. So please forgive us if we preach just a little!
The key to a really enjoyable visit to a protected area is peace and quiet, a space where spiritual and emotional rejuvenation can be experienced, and we expect all our visitors to respect this simple fact. Keep in mind what you want from your time in the protected area, and consider how your activities are going to affect your fellow visitors most of whom are looking for the same thing. For this reason we ask our guests staying in the chalets or campsites to be as quiet as possible, certainly we will insist on silence from nine pm each night. You will soon realise that the night is alive with tiny sounds. We provide TV sets in most chalets and cottages, and ask that guests keep the volume down. The same applies to any other device capable of playing music such as car sound systems, CD players, laptops and so on.
As has often been said, there is a time and a place for everything, but when you enter the gates of an Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife protected area the rules do change slightly. Your holiday is not the time, nor is a protected area the place for loud music and raucous parties – no matter if the Sharks Rugby team have beaten the Bulls yet again!
Consideration for others is the key here – and this applies more than ever when in one of the Zululand game or nature reserves where game viewing is done from your car. We have often seen scenarios where the folks in one car spot a leopard or lion near the road and park quietly to watch it. Within minutes however, other cars have gathered and it turns into a bit of a free for all with cars jockeying for a better view. Inevitably the animal is disturbed by all the activity and noise, and retires into the thickets.
Next month we’ll take a brief look at how to understand certain elephant behaviours a little.