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This page provides feedback from travellers hopping along The Kangaroo Trail. If they have identified a good place to see kangaroos and their kind then we have added a Google map. If the feedback identifies services that can be provided to other travellers then please contact the provider directly.

Michael writes:

Heard your spokesperson speaking on ABC new Radio just prior to midday 21st August AEST. This Trail WILL NEVER COMPETE with South African trails like Kruger, Bontebok, Umfolozi , Hluhluwe, Addo, Shamwari, Ukhahlamba, Camdeboo or Madikwe. I found spin put out by your spokesperson (Mary someone?) spurious at best - not scientifically backed and rather pathetic! Australia simply does not have the species diversity of Southern Africa ok! Kangaroos vary a bit but basically they're just a pest. Has anyone involved with your website ever visited Kruger NP and driven the whole way through - or the other hundreds of game reserves in Southern Africa?

Our reply:

Thank you for your rather emotional response. I do not see this a competition but rather taking successful elements from the southern African wildlife tourism industry and adapting them in an Australian context with a fauna unlike other parts of the world. For example in my work with Japanese film crews, one of the appeals of kangaroos and their kind is that they are bipedal and touch each other in a human fashion. And yes, I have been to Kruger many times (7) and spent time at Wits University in Jo'burg and the Desert Research Foundation in Namibia. I agree that everyone should take an African safari and enjoy the wildlife like you presumably have. One of the characteristics of this experience is large herds of antelope, buffalo and zebra which you seemed to appreciate. Large mobs of kangaroos you obviously don't since you think they are pests. Well South African farmers and graziers killed millions of springbok with the same attitude - read some novels by Wilbur Smith. One experience we offer that Kruger does not is no malaria and a very low risk of violent crime. The last time I went to Kruger there were warnings about travelling to some of the less used gates because of car-jacking on the access roads!   When I went to an international wildlife tourism conference in Fremantle a couple of years ago, the conservation director of CC Africa (a leading wildlife tourism player across southern Africa) told us we were idiots because we did not promote and develop wildlife tourism experiences with our fabulous marsupials etc. I agreed with him and it is a pity your experiences have left you considering Australia second-rate and the 50 species of kangaroos and their kind as worthless pests.

 



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