Recently two tourists found themselves staring down an elephant bull in musth, while on a self-drive safari in the Kruger National Park. The elephant, deemed unusually aggressive by authorities, has been shot and kill after it charged their car, injuring one of the occupants. A video detailing the incident, taken by a tourist who was in the car behind them, shows these tourists took unnecessary risk and behaved irresponsibly. Here's what you should and should not do while on a self-drive safari - as well as the warning signs - and what to do should you find yourself in a similar, dangerous situation.
Kruger National Park Rules
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.
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.
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.
Roadside assistance, toll free number 0800 030 666 (Vuswa).