A lot has been said about the nature of elephants.
I am 30mins away from Addo - but would like to ask on what basis are the statements made about Addo elephants being less aggressive than the Kruger elephants ?
Is this based on stats that represent figures for people who have been maimed and killed or charged ?
Addo has had , in the past few years a number of translocated mature Kruger bulls - with the intention to increase the variety of the gene pool, and prevent further in-breeding of the herds.
Anyway I'm rambling....
What I would like to say is that I visit Addo at least 3 times a month, albeit for a day trip (7am until gate closure, season dependant), I have been charged 4 times, but hasten to add, that these could have been mock charges - I didn't stick around to find out.
I’ve read from various game rangers' articles, that when the trunk is tucked in, or ears flapping, even when they swing a front foot may herald a charge. Better safe than sorry.
ALTHOUGH - these charges have been by sub-adult bulls, and not one by an Addo female cow.
I have had the misfortune to be boxed in....window down, camera on beanbag, clicking away to finally come up for air, and see a camper van in front, and one behind.
With a collared bull ambling up the road.
He was roughly 1m from my car - a chevvy spark.
Proof of this was the mud that dripped off his trunk and ears onto my bonnet and wind shield.
what can one do in that situation ? N O T H I N G ...!!
Maybe I was fortunate enough to have this bull close, yet none aggressive.
(maybe because I lit up a cigarette may have deterred him with the smell..lol)
There is free advice by those who lived to tell the tale.
Some say reverse, others say stand your ground. Personally....I find prior to a charge there are signs.
Give the elephant his berth, and respect, and if need be, reverse up.
If the road is wide enough, and you can see (for example) a bull coming down the road in your direction, and he offers no threat, keep your car in 1st gear, and idling. should you need to get out, drive around him.
I definitely do not subscribe to "lets see how near we can get" - These are wild animals, and have been separated by hundreds of years from modern man in the same habitat.
They are not used to us, and will do whatever necessary to protect their own space, and interests.
As stated above, read the rules and regulations on the entry tickets/maps etc.
I would dearly LOVE to visit Kruger Park in the future, I have my heart set on it. I have read so many wonderful stories and anecdotes on here that I’m pining for it
My top priority would be to see and photograph a big tusker.
If you think I am stupid....you should see who hired me......