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 Post subject: Safety tips re coming across large animals while driving?
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:18 pm 
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Looking at some of the fantastic snaps on here, for example, coming across elephants crossing the roads I often wonder from a safety aspect the dos and donts while in your car just observing.

Would love to see them, they are magnificent beasts, but a bit temperamental maybe.

What about hippos or rhinos, would'nt want to come across these either on a bad day.

What's the advice?


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 Post subject: Re: safety tips re coming across the large animals in your
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:26 pm 
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Hi Och aye :yaya:

When near ellies, never switch off your engine. Do not rev the engine either. Give them enough space to move away ... never block their path. Do not come between a cow and her calf. So respect breeding herds all the time. We have been going to Kruger for 20 years and never had trouble with ellies ... until our last trip, when we were charged by a bull, totally out of the blue. He was feeding peacefully and next second, he was running towards us. Because we had our engine running, we could reverse quickly.

Never become between hippos and water. But during the day the hippos are in the water and you are safe in your car. On foot, you will always have a guide with you who will instruct you.

Rhino ... there are stories of charges, but again it is such a small percentage. Black rhino are the grumpy ones.

Golden rule for ALL wild animals, be they tiny or huge, respect them, respect their space and you will be fine. Never forget they are wild animals.

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 Post subject: Re: safety tips re coming across the large animals in your
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:50 pm 
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I also suggest keeping your windows up when approaching some animals especially the monkeys and Baboons They have learnt that cars contain food and they can pinch all your food .Never ever be tempted to feed them

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 Post subject: Re: safety tips re coming across the large animals in your
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:55 pm 
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Och aye - welcome to the forum where even the seemingly most insignificant question will be answered :)

Probably the most important rule IMHO , is - stay in your vehicle :rtm: Even the laziest lion , asleep next to the road , and looking all cuddly , and for as all if he had consumed a whole barrel of topclass malt from the Speyside , can move at lightning speed even before you can say och aye :roll: :D

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A modicum of common sense goes a very long way.

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 Post subject: Re: safety tips re coming across the large animals in your
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Welcome to the forum Och aye.

DB has given you great advice.

Just watch for eles in musth (wet temples), they can be unpredictable.
We drive part them and view them slightly back of us so we can get away if we need to.
Don't park next to snakes. They will try to get up your chassis! :twisted:

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Oh and avoid eye contact with the elephants, they can take it as a challenge.

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