Game Park Tourism

The term game park tourism is used to define a range of tourism experiences specifically occurring within the designated boundaries of a game park. These experiences range from nonconsumptive activities, such as wildlife photography, observational activities, arts, and painting, to consumptive practices, such as hunting in game parks, fishing, petting lions, riding elephants, and so on.


Game park tourism has dark origins tracing back to the days of European colonial rule in Africa and Asia when trophy hunting was considered a regular recreational activity. This practice came to be further popularized with the growth of the tourism industry and the arrival of a larger and more diversified tourist market. Game park reserves—for example, the Sabie Game Reserve (now Kruger National Park)—provided a never-ending source of ...

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