Speeding in Corbett National Park?

#1 May 21st, 2013, 18:04
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From 'Amazon' I purchased a Kindle book, it's about Corbett National Park and its Tigers. Several times the authors writes about his crazy driver's speeding, I'm quoting:

"With his jeep he drove rally-like."
"He turned his jeep and raced back from where we had came from."
"For me it was not possible to sit in the jeep, I had to stand, otherwise I would have broken my vertebra".
"I constantly had to hold myself in order not to fall from the vehicle and I often feared I might lose my camera."
"I gave him the nickname Driver from Hell."
"He pressed down the accelerator pedal completely."
"He jerked the Skukuzi violently around."
"With 60 km/h he went through the dry riverbed."

I wonder is this normal??? I'm working as a guide and driver in South Africa's national parks. Here, on gravel roads the speed limit is 40 km/h, on tarred road 50 km/s. There are many speed traps and if you are caught you have to pay a heavy fine. Not long ago a delivery truck went into a herd of Impala antelopes, killing 21 animals! He was fined 3.000 Euro and banned from Kruger National Park for life.

When visiting Corbett I gonna insist on doing the driving myself. It will only be me and the guide (naturalist). He just has to tell me "go left, straight, right". I would drive slowly and when I want to stop for watching or taking photos it's entirely up to me.

What are your experiences with drivers?
#2 May 21st, 2013, 21:46
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  • edwardseco is offline
It makes a book sound better, especially if written by a mediocre author, to add an inflated sense of drama. By the way why drive slow? In Tejas the limit just went to 85 mph (still a little low). I doubt anyone will turn over a vehicle to a foren with no papers or insurance so there is drama there as well..
#3 May 29th, 2013, 01:11
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  • tripsammy is offline
No one drives fast in India! The roads and traffic donot allow it! In Corbett core zones the jeeps drive very slowly, nothing is gained by racing around.Sometimes a driver will speed up when heknows a tiger has been seen but no more than 15 or 20 km/ hr!

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