Good day Forumites,
All I can say today, is I can be very thankful that I am still here. Yesterday morning John and I got so close to our death it is not funny, it was the closest encounter that we got to, to be killed on our own activity.
Friday afternoon I went through to Olifants to assist with the Mountain Bike Trail of yesterday morning.
Yesterday (Saturday) morning came and we loaded the 6 guests bikes and off we went to the starting point. John gave the briefing and we started cycling. After a few kilometres we got Impalas and went down to the River and back on the bikes continue cycling when I heard Oxpeckers and saw the animal between the dense Mopane Trees. I jumped off my bike, went around the bush and there was a very badly injured Hippo. John joined me and as John arrived next to me the Hippo opened his mouth and we got the guests out of the way. Luckily the Hippo couldn't see us clearly and he turned towards the River.
We were still all full of the adrenalin rush and busy cycling, when we just heard something RIGHT NEXT to us!!!! As John and myself turned our heads to the noise all we could see was a Hippo head...
There was nothing, I am telling you, nothing we could do!!!!!! Our guardian Angel definitely protected us and the guests from being killed yesterday. Luckily the Hippo came for John and me and John just shouted Go! Go! Go! Go! Those 2 bikes of ours never went so fast in their lifetime!!!
As we looked back we just saw this big beast coming after us!!! His mouth open and shaking his head side to side and we JUST, telling you, JUST got out of his jaws. He luckily then turned to the River and we could just hear Mopane Trees bashing down to the ground.
Everything happened soooooooooo quickly and am very greatful we survived this unpleasant experience.
The guests were shaking, we were shocked and this thing is still playing off in my mind.
We then had our break where we walked down to the River to enjoy the lovely view over a Hippo pool and can't believe 1 of their speciemens almost killed us a few minutes ago.
Luckily we made our way back to the vehicle without dirtying our pants.
Ai ai ai ai ai, 2 seconds of my worst real nightmare!!!!