Up to 10 people – if the vehicle is configured for 10 people. If the vehicle only has 8 seats – then only 8 people are allowed on the vehicle.
Members are ultimately responsible for the compliance with regulations and should make sure their guests are aware of them as well.
[Conduct a radio check before going out on a drive]
- The driver of the first vehicle at a sighting takes control of the sighting and should call the sighting on the radio.
- It is desirable that not more than four vehicles be at a sighting. While no rules are established to govern this behaviour, sensible management of numbers should be left at the discretion of the control vehicle.
- Permission to enter the sighting should be requested when approaching the sighting.
- Except in unique circumstances such as a safety risk, or when the number of vehicles are already at a maximum at the sighting, permission should not be refused. The person controlling the sighting may advise the route to be taken and the position to stop in.
- If the person controlling the sighting refuses an approach to a sighting, the requesting vehicle should stay out of sight until invited to join.
- Vehicles should not be parked in, and a clear escape route must always be available to all vehicles.
- When vehicles are standing by to join a sighting, vehicles at the sighting should depart after a reasonable time (say 15 – 20 minutes) to allow others to enjoy the sighting.
- Do not leave the engine running at a sighting.
- Noise should be kept to a minimum and conversation should be in whispers. Radio volume should be turned down.
- When the controlling vehicle wishes to depart, the driver of another vehicle at the sighting should be requested to take over control.
- Research suggests that viewing game from a distance of 30m to 50m generally does not influence the normal behaviour of wild game. Consequently, animals, particularly potentially dangerous game, should not be approached to within 30m.
Members are encouraged to use spotlights responsibly with recognition of risk of blinding to animals. Filtered /red infra-red lights are encouraged at sightings.
There are a few areas on the reserve where the road passes close to houses and spot lights at night can easily be shone onto houses. There are notices at the spots where you are required to turn off spot-lights. Please respect the notices and the privacy of the people in the units.
Cooking of meals is allowed using a gas braai / skottel at a view point. No open fires / braais are allowed.
Cooking / braaing is NOT allowed at hides linked to dams, such as Wildebeest or Kudu or Ndlovu, nor within 250 meters of any waterhole or dam. The exception is Rhino hide on Olifants River within the area enclosed by the lathe fence – on the concrete slab.
The Traversing agreement stipulates that traversing in either direction is not permitted over the Easter period in each year, the exact dates to be agreed by the respective directors and notified to their members. The directors of either North or South may, on not less than 7 days’ notice, notify the other directors that traversing on their game reserve is prohibited during other peak periods, in addition to the Easter period, not exceeding 21 days in any one calendar year.
During peak seasons – restricted access (to the north or South) is allowed for up to six (6) game vehicles at any one time. Members are required to reserve access in advance (on a first come first serve basis) at the office, and to radio to the office at time of crossing the causeway.
The traversing agreement between the two reserves does specify a curfew and this was in place and enforced for a while. However, the boards of the two reserves agreed to waive without prejudice the restriction, at first as a trial and after that on an on-going basis. This arrangement can be reversed at any time by either Board. In other words, a “gentleman’s” agreement between the two reserves is currently in place.
The Use Agreement stipulates the times for use of radios is between 07h00 to 19h00. Every night, on both sides of the river, management sleep with a radio that is switched on in case of emergencies. Common decency therefore dictates that after about 20h30 members no longer call in sightings, as management do need to get some sleep. However, in case of emergency, please do use the radio as that is exactly one of the reasons management sleep with the radio on; the safety of members.