At Phalaborwa Gate, things are changing from 1 minute to the next, and you can't think you definitely going to have a off morning or have a relaxing day, like it often happens, thinking you going to relax at home, watching movies, or reading, or studying and then suddenly a call comes in, to say the 1 guest on the Olifants River Backpack Trail got injured, when stepping wrong etc. Then you must jump in and drive and evacuate the guest, and that's what happened on Tuesday the 18th of June.
That particular week was just a week where I shouldn't have been at work, because on the Friday the 21st of June and the next morning brought my most scariest moments in the bush to me. Friday afternoon went out on a walk and long after we started walking, we walked straight into a Elephant Bull, Neville still wondered how I saw it, but the only thing that was between the 2 of us, was a half sized Termite Mount
Still with the adrenalin flowing and luckily got out of the situation, due to the wind that was blowing in our favour, we heard a herd of Elephants trumpetting, and knew they are making their way down to the Thsutshi stream to come and drink, and just in time got ourselves out of the way and had a very special sighting with the whole herd walking passed us, with us viewing them from the other side of the drainage line.
Still walking up the valley with this great sighting in mind we came to a mud pool, no water only a bit of mud, and I saw this thing in the mud, and as I got to the foot of the mud pool, to see what it is, due to a Mopane bush that was in my view of sight, I realised OH SH.T
IT's A HIPPO!!! At the same time wispering to the guest and Neville go back, go back, I realised but we are in the path he might wants to follow to run down the stream where the water is, and then at the same time the Hippo jumping up about 5 metres from me, all happening in a split second I looked to the left and saw some bushes and shouted, loaded the rifle and told the guests to move behind the bush, wtih the Hippo already outside the water, with us all behind the bush by this time and this damn Hippo contemplating if he should charge, we just kept on shouting at him.