We were walking in an area with thick growth, lots of trees and shrubs, I was the second rifle. All was quiet, then we heard some elephant not too far in front of us. We stopped, trying to figure out where they were, since it would be impossible to see them.
Suddenly a medium sized bull appeared right in front of us, less than twenty five meters away. It came walking directly towards us, not having seen us yet. Luckily there were a small dip right in front of us. When he reached the dip, the first rifle raised his hand and called out, who! Now the bull saw us. He was less than 15 meters in front of us. I knew that if he were to react and come towards us entering the dip, we would have to shoot. He was just too close!
Luckily the bull just froze. He stood there, looking at us, while we were looking at him. No aggression nor fear! We had a real good look at each other. After two or three minutes of this, we decided to move the group back, and out of a potentially dangerous situation. The first rifle remained in front of the elephant, I ordered the group back, past a huge termite mound just at our back. I knew this would give some protection.
As I rounded the termite mound, a second elephant appeared less than 15 meters from us, or at least we appeared to a second elephant. But, as luck would have it, this animal was walking away from us, and had not seen us. I ordered the group on to the termite mound, where we all stood packed in like sardines.
After about five minutes the all clear was sounded, and we could dis-entangle ourselves from a friendly Buffalo Thorn with whom we shared the space.
Though there were some anxious moments, the animals were totally non threatening, and we all could enjoy the experience! The only blood shedding was caused by the Buffalo Thorn
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