Use Your Cellphone to Note Your Sighting

© Roger de la Harpe

If you are into combining the outdoors and technology you may want to explore the possibilities offered by an organisation that has developed an electronic sightings board that pinpoints the latest wildlife locations using cellphones to help people see more animals as they drive around the Kruger, Pilanesberg, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi and Etosha national parks and game reserves in South Africa and Namibia.

This new system, the first of its kind for wildlife safaris in the world, allows members to log onto the internet to retrieve sightings posts made by other members at the parks and also to post their own sightings as they happen, all by using their own cellphone.

'There is no charge to subscribe to the service, and because it makes use of the GPRS network and not SMS for message delivery it is very cheap to send and receive sightings, costing as little as one South African cent per message,' says Bruce Whittaker of African Safari Journals.

All members need to make use of the sightings service is a WAP-enabled cellphone with an internet browser, a subscription to the relevant wildlife sightings group which is free, and a keen eye for spotting wildlife so that they can share it with others.

'The technology really helps visitors to wildlife parks to be in the right place at the right time to see more wildlife, because they can access the sightings while still driving around, unlike the conventional sightings board which are located at the camp where it's not as effective.'

To learn more and for interested parties to subscribe to get sightings in the Kruger National Park, Hluhluwe-Umfolozi and Pilanesberg game reserves and Etosha National Park in Namibia, visit

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