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Unread postby Jock » Sat Aug 02, 2008 9:16 am

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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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:44 pm

: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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Unread postby ndloti » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:34 am

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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Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:53 pm

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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Unread postby Mathews » Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:24 am

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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Unread postby alf » Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:35 am

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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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:54 am

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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Unread postby Tumble Weed » Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:59 pm

Why you should be VERY AFRAID of the Kruger ele's :lol:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6L23l2xDGs

I think that ele had a good chuckle to himself!!

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Unread postby RobertT » Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:08 pm

:lol: :lol: think next stop for people in car was to change underwear. :lol: :lol:

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Unread postby DotDan » Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:01 am

Matthews most Elephants in Kruger are used to humans(vehicle's) and are quite relaxed and docile, but you do get some ellies who are very irritable and some males during must become aggresive too.

Just be cautious and keep the engine running when at a ellie sighting, untill you and the ellie is confident that nothing will happen... I have been in the middle of some huge breeding herds with litte calf's all over and they were very relaxed with me and then on the other hand back in March the bulls were very irritated(must) and I was charged a couple of times. Read the behaviour and signs and you will be 100%

Duke is known to wander around the area between crocodile bridge and lower sabie...Your best bet would be to drive the s28 gravel road as this is the road he is mostly spotted on....

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Unread postby Diesel » Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:27 pm

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This ellie was not very happy about our presence at Tsendze....by the time the photo was taken I was gone...
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Re: fear of elephants

Unread postby Mathews » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:42 am

:hmz:

Can anybody tell me how many ellies there +/- in KNP? Always wondered about that. I just spoke to my mum. She said my auntie was just in the Kruger and she thinks there are more ellies then normal? Is that true?
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Re: fear of elephants

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:21 am

There are close on 14 000 elephants and the total is steadily increasing and is starting to strain the Krugers ecosystem . Human intervention by way of culling to control the numbers is due to be resumed shortly .
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Re: fear of elephants

Unread postby ice » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:17 am

in another park not managed by SAN we were once sitting in a safari vehicle, being prepped by the guide about the R & R...about 20 m away a young bull was munching away his dinner...nobody really payed attention to him, not even when he started to approach us...however, all of a sudden he was standing sideways to the truck and with one big turn of his head he drilled a whole into the canvas of the vehicle with one of his tusks...luckily nobody was sitting on this specific seat...I still have that encounter somewhere on video

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Re: fear of elephants

Unread postby DotDan » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:20 am

We want to see that video Ice :shock:


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