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Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:37 pm 
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Well I guess this subject has been covered well, so all I can add are my personal experiences.

We spent 11 days in the Kruger in June this year. 5 of those days we were in Letaba. I don't know if anyone agrees with me but the Bull Ele's around Letaba are usually very well behaved! We came across Tsotsi 500m outside of the camp and spent 30 minutes with him not 10 meters from the road! That was special. But first I made sure that he didn't react to us being there before killing the car. :|

Then a amazing thing happened the next day. There were 4 big bulls feeding close to the resturant not 50 meters from where everyone was making noise. I spent 2 hours with the one bull and he came till about 10 meters from the fence, with only the fence between me and him! He looked at me tilted his weight onto one front foot and waited for about a minute. I was frozen to the spot! What a special moment for me. I was a bit nervous I most say, but alls well that ends well right! Was really fascinating to be so close and just observe him!

I guess the more time one spends with them the better one gets at "reading" their thoughs!

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Goodday to all my ellie informants

I am counting the days to be in KNP - Hope the ellies will be happy to see the mouse-mobile.

Just 135 more days and I will be in South Africa. I have ordered a box of mice from China. (hhee-hhee). Not really. 8)

I have learned so much from this topic and can actually not wait to see an ellie - and face my fear, I must say I will have to drink an half jack rum before getting in the car every morning. Hope there is a dop shop in Kruger. Their sales will go up dramatically when I arive in January. :twisted: :lol:

It will be nice to hear from other forum members what there ellie encounters was like in the Kruger.

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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:35 pm 
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May I suggest facing your fear on foot?

That is an amazing experience ... have had more than my fair share! :lol:

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I have a funny story of a badly behaved elephant in 2006.
My brother, sister in law and myself headed into the park on morning and went along the S25. About half way along we came across four lions (two males and two females) in the road. They were at the bottom of a dip but looked pretty happy to lay in the road while we took some great pictures. We were having a great sighting with only one other car on the other side of the lions.

Suddenly the lions became restless and looked around nervously. The from over the hill came a big elephant bull and first he chased the other car, and then the lions. It would appear that was not enough fun so he set his sights on us. Now we were having to reverse to get away from him and he was pretty determined to catch himself a tourist. He ran at us and my brother kept a good distance between us but he kept running. He went over the rise of the dip and thought we would just wait there a bit out of sight and maybe the elephant would lose interest if he could not see us.

While we were waiting a JJ came along and asked us what we had seen. I started to say that a naughty elephant was chasing us and chased us off a lion sighting. Well he just heard lion sighting and shot off to find them. What he found was the naughty elephant and pretty soon he was back again. Now the fellow had two cars to chase. The JJ did not last long and quickly turned around and left. We wanted to go and see if we could find the lions again so we hide around another corner hoping he would lose interest again. Well guess what, he did not and every time he saw us, he ran. This latest 2km before he got tied and we managed to hide long enough before he wondered off the road. I swear he had a smile on his face. :lol:

Needless to say we did not find the lion again but did find some more several kms down the road on a kill so it was worth the wait.

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:lol: Some elephants just love playing with cars! They can be very naughty!

It often helps just to stand your ground ... but then, you might just pick the wrong elly! :twisted:

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A lone bull had an attraction for Wolhuter trails camp when I was there in 1999 and I watched as the trails ranger chased it away from the camp entrance by beating a metal dustbin lid with a fire stoker .

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Some people try their luck with elephants - please ,they are not extremely brave , they are extremely irresponsible or just plain stupid. follow the advice annelieand wild@heart gave and it is very unlikely that you or the next poor onlooker would end up in trouble with an elle .

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The last time I was in the Kruger Park (which was 18 years ago) I can remember being so scared of an ellie.

My mum was driving one car with my auntie, myself and my cousin. We were on our way to Berg en Dal and we got to a dead end on a dirt road. We saw my uncle and my dad speeding ahead very fast all of a sudden. And there he stood a big loan bull, not looking happy... and we had nowhere to go except forward.

My mum was so scared she was laughing while lying with her head and arms on the steering wheel, my auntie was screaming go-go I was in tears and my cousin was leaning out the window holding a paper bag, shaking it wildly and screaming go away to the ellie in not such polite words. I think it would have been an very crazy scene if anybody saw us. Like a crazy lot

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I'm sure the ellie got the shock of his life and ran like crazy to hide behind a bush :mrgreen:

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Most people are scared of elephants.

I won't mention any names, but on our most recent trip I had a musketeer first asking, then begging then plainly coming down on me like a light tower blown over with TNT to please get the heck away from the elephants browsing next to the road. :lol:

I moved on slowly and stopped so that another very wary musketeer could take a picture of a baby elephant.

Getting bored after a while I decided that it was time for some fun and shouted: "Daar kom sy!!" (There she comes!!) and pretended to be battling to get the car into gear (it was in gear all the time with my foot on the clutch). The first musketeer in the back of the car was caught in two minds as to whether jump out of the car and run for his life or to commit suicide by slitting his throat with his empty beer can.

Whilst the second wary musketeer in the front seat next to me was trying to crawl into the cubbyhole. In his attempt to do so he managed to get the aircon on fullblast with his swinging arms.

It was quite a funny sight.

Jaco V and I had a good chuckle. :lol:

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:lol: :lol: Maybe they should go to lion park, where there are no big nasty ellie's to scare them. :lol: :lol:


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:lol: :lol: Go musketeers! :roll: :lol:

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