Pretoria - Idiotic game park visitors have lost close to R500 000 at the Kruger National Park alone for stunts like driving too close to agitated elephants or letting their children hang out of car windows to look at lions on the prowl.
The R500 000 comprises about 850 fines visitors have had to pay – and that was during the festive season alone.
Following the posting of a video in which an elephant is seen overturning a car several times, injuring the driver, another has been posted showing children hanging out of the window of a car that has stopped alongside a male lion and lioness in the road, startling the male.
But, says Reynold Thakhuli, acting head of communications for South African National Parks (SANParks), such scenes are not unusual. Just recently, he said, rangers caught a man in the Kruger Park who was outside his vehicle, filming. He was slapped with a R3 500 fine.