With winter being a popular time to take a bush break, motorists are urged not to get too close for comfort…
Planning a game drive anytime soon? Here is some important information for motorists driving in game reserves…
A recent elephant attack at the Kruger National Park left a motorist’s vehicle, and trip, wrecked. More recently, a lion climbed on a vehicle’s roof and casually knocked off the side mirror with its paw.
With winter being a popular time to take a bush break, motorists are urged not to get too close for comfort.
According to Ricardo Coetzee, Head of Auto & General Insurance: “While vehicle accidents in game reserves are extremely rare, we’ve had a few insurance claims for damage to vehicles caused by animal encounters.”
With this in mind, Auto & General advises motorists to adhere to park rules at all times for their own safety and for the safety of the animals. They have this advice:
According to Sipho Mkhwanazi, Regional Communications Manager at SANParks: If you happen to encounter an elephant or a breeding herd of elephants:
“Most importantly, revving your vehicle’s engine or hooting is never a good idea. This may be seen as a challenge and your vehicle will no doubt come off second best,” concludes Coetzee.