There is a reason the Darwin Awards were created - and the guy in this video recently filmed in the Kruger National Park would be a prime contender.
Christos Kintis shared this video filmed near "Orpen Rest Camp in the Kruger" at the beginning of October.
He describes the scene where two lions walk along the road as tourists in surrounding cars take pictures.
"At some point, a man steps out of his car and stands to take pictures of the animals. The person taking the video sounds shocked as she captures the dangerous act on camera."
Take a look.
SANParks explicitly outlines its code of conduct for visitors as follows (In case of an Emergency call +27 13 735 4325):
- Visitors must remain in their vehicles unless in a designated area.Remember that no part of the body may protrude from a window or sunroof or any other part of the vehicle. Vehicle doors should be closed at all times.
- Stick to the speed limit! All general rules of the road apply within the Kruger National Park. The speed limit is 50 km/h on tar roads and 40 km/h on gravel roads. Please note that not all roads are accessible to caravans.
- Look at the gate times in your green gate permit. You must be inside the camp or out of the gate before these times. No travelling before or after these times are allowed. Gate times must be strictly adhered to and late comers may be subject to a fine.
- You are not allowed to drive “off-road” or on roads with a “no entry” sign.
- The feeding or disturbing of animals is a serious offence. Remember, animals see litter as food!
- Overnight visitors are only allowed to stay at a booked and recognised overnight facility and must report to reception before occupying accommodation or camping.
- All accommodation and camping sites may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure.
- Vehicles of a carrying capacity exceeding 4 000kg, buses or any vehicles with more than 25 seats, are restricted to the tar roads.
- A stringent noise restriction is enforced between 21:30 and 06:00. The use of cell phones is permitted only in camps, gates and in cases of emergency.
- The use of roller skates, skateboards, bicycles and motorbikes is prohibited.
- The Kruger National Park is a malaria zone - we advise that all visitors adhere to their doctor’s instructions.
- Roadside assistance, toll free number 0800 030 666 (Vuswa).
- Rules and regulations are enforced under the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act no. 57 of 2003) and transgression can result in a fine.
- To ensure that you see all the animals you want, have a look at the spotting board in the various receptions to track the latest game spotting.
*Compiled by Selene Brophy
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