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 Post subject: Elephant Overturns Car at Sable Dam
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:17 pm 
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I learned from Social Media that an elephant overturned a vehicle at Sable Dam. According to the reports the people in the car are fine and do not blame the elephant. It appears as though an elephant bull in musth surprised them and flipped the car.

Please could SANPARKS keep us updated as to the actual events and PLEASE DO NOT GO AFTER THE ELEPHANT!


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Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:33 pm 
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:big_eyes: Yoh.

What a unfortunate incident, if it truly happened.

Lets wait for a reply from SANParks.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:42 pm 
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Yes, a car was overturned this morning, the people and elephant not seriously hurt.

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Lepardfan wrote:
Lets wait for a reply from SANParks.
Yes, lets wait for an official statement. :thumbs_up:

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Local tourists get involved in an accident in the KNP.

An elephant overturned a vehicle driven by local tourists at Sable Dam near Phalaborwa Gate in the Kruger National Park (KNP) around 07:15 this morning. A local doctor rushed to the scene of the accident to attend to tourists immediately and they are all well with minor injuries.

The tourists came to the Park this morning as day visitors and are back at their home in Tzaneen already. They were on their way to Letaba Rest Camp and passed-by the Sable Dam, which overlooks a sleep-over hide and has an abundance of animals that gather to drink. The elephant was busy drinking water from the dam on the opposite side of where the vehicle was, when it suddenly walked through the water towards one of the tourists’ car; which was on the other side.

“Although according to the tourists who were there, the elephant did not show any signs of agitation; we would like to appeal to the public to be on the look-out for them when driving in that area. Please ensure that you are not blocked by another vehicle when these huge animals approach, so that you can get away quickly when the need arises”, said the KNP’s GM: Communications and Marketing, William Mabasa.

More than 1, 5 million people visit the KNP each year and incidents of this sort are rare but not unheard of as elephants can toss and uproot trees with ease.

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Photos 1 & 2 – the tourists’ vehicle which was overturned by the elephant at Sable Dam in the KNP today.

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Communications & Marketing Department: Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4262, cell: 082 807 1441 or email: laura.mukwevho@sanparks.org

Enquiries either:
William Mabasa, GM: Communications & Marketing, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: william.mabasa@sanparks.org or

Ike Phaahla: Media Specialist, Tel: 012 426 5315; Cell: 083 673 6974; or Email: Isaac.phaahla@sanparks.org


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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Overturns Car at Sable Dam
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:47 pm 
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Elsa wrote:
Lepardfan wrote:
Lets wait for a reply from SANParks.
Yes, lets wait for an official statement. :thumbs_up:


Why, you dont believe me hehehehe :slap:

Sanparks released a statement already as far as I know. :roll:

That was fast. :x :x :x

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Overturns Car at Sable Dam
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Thanks Les!

Always believe you Scipio! :tongue:

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Its been proven, I know before it happens hehehehehe.

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Then why didn't you warn those peeps! :naughty:

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:big_eyes: Thankfully everybody is okay, the ellie too

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant Overturns Car at Sable Dam
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:21 pm 
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Hey, I warned on page six of the hotel thread at least 4 is planned, page sixty something about the peripheral development zone, elephant attacks are trivial hehehehe.

Sorry, you walked into that one. :lol: :lol:

Ps. It is always spectacular to see. Great none got hurt. Makes you realise the power of those gentle giants.

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Scipio wrote:
Hey, I warned on page six of the hotel thread at least 4 is planned, page sixty something about the peripheral development zone, elephant attacks are trivial hehehehe.

Sorry, you walked into that one. :lol: :lol:

Ps. It is always spectacular to see. Great none got hurt. Makes you realise the power of those gentle giants.



Hahaha Scipio.

Very true those animals are very very powerfull and they deserve the utmost respect, this is their home not ours

Great that nobody was seriously hurt. :thumbs_up:

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:big_eyes: :big_eyes: I'm just pleased that the peeps in the car were not injured
I wonder what upset mr Ellie so much that he overturned the car, or was he just having fun, or maybe in a bad mood

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On F/B it was mentioned it was a young bull in musth, there are quite unpredictable then.

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Elsa wrote:
On F/B it was mentioned it was a young bull in musth, there are quite unpredictable then.


Oh I see, thanks Elsa :gflower:

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