National parks are critically important areas for wildlife as they provide protection and space. Tourism generates income for the parks which supports their continuous management. My brown hyaena research took me to Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. The park, with its high mountains, deep valley lakes and spectacular wildlife allows tourist to self-drive inside the park at a relatively low entrance fee. This enables and encourages visitors of all budgets to enjoy the wildlife and contribute to the long-term conservation of the park and its inhabitants.