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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby Thunderbird7 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:10 am

I seem to remember a troublesome ellie hanging around here about 18 months - 2 years ago? Called in and the chap looking after the site said one had been hanging around and eventually moved into the riverbed just before I arrived.

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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby naomi c » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:57 am

End of December last year!

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We wanted to spend the afternoon there for some birding but needless to say that never happened! :D

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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby Cape of Storms » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:12 pm

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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby Apus » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:54 am

My SO and I have been properly charged on 4 occasions by Ellies. Once in Mapungubwe and the other 3 times in die North of KNP. As from nowhere, we only heard trees and branches break and in all 4 instances we reversed like crazy to escape. It was not a case of stopping next to them or being to close. :naughty:
Then near Pretoriuskop out of the blue chased by 2 rhinos. :shock: But after reading one of the previous postings, and if it works, the Elephants succeeding in getting to us will be in for a big shock, When the car windows break open the smell of Amonia will kill them :twisted: :redface: :pray:

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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby anne-marie » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:07 am

Bravo you are brave to come back and present your apology. thank you
I was at Afsaal, when suddenly this big boy arrives :shock: ... playing with the "beer barrel" :lol:
nobody dare to move... and at last need... an helicopter
and all return to normal, if Kruger can be normal :thumbs_up:

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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby Dupacc » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:57 am

Reading this reminds me of a situation we had in April 2008 when we were forced to spend 3½ hours in Gardenia, with Ellie and friends preventing everybody from leaving. This one guarded the gate diligently :shock: :shock: :shock:


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Unread postby Carol g » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:00 pm

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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby wachinda » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:19 am

Will keep a eye out for mooi plazas Ellie when at tsendze in October .

Mock charges by Ellie's are scary a real charge must be petrifying
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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby salamanda » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:56 pm

Last year when AnneS and I were at Mooiplaas, we were walking away from the lookout and spotted an elephant very well hidden in the bush so we stopped, waited, he seemed fine so we moved on.
Soon we were crossing the car park area and by now the elephant was in full view.
A young woman came from the loo and walked straight towards the view-site.
Other than noticing she was in a pink top, I didn't really think about her as I was sure she must have seen the ellie and would stop . . .next thing, we heard a scream and as we turned we saw her running for the view site!
The ellie had mock-charged her!
However he wasn't really interested in following through and came towards us instead so I got into the car which I was close to and AnneS, who had gone on ahead retreated into the picnic area and the 'comforting' barrier of foot high wooden poles . . . .
Luckily he just walked straight through the car park and off into the bush.
The poor woman was pretty shaken.
Not sure if this was the same elephant but this is what it looked like:

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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:21 am

Elsa wrote:I am always very cautious when at Mooiplaas!


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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby salamanda » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:24 am

:lol: Us too! Our eyes are out on stalks and swivelling like egg-beaters as we walk across to the lookout!

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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby giraffee » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:14 pm

In 45 odd years of visiting Kruger we’ve been charged, trumpeted and scared to tears but it was never really really life threatening.
In hind sight :roll: .
Near Ellies we have been trained to go into code RED mode (scanning, get- away plans A B C and D or dead silence so dad can think). :lol:

SO obsessed with elephants - such a sweet charge newbie -
got his first full on in Mapungubwe Main Park.
We didn’t even see the bull until he charged out the Mopani.
Just a big scare not a death threat.
Afterwards SO updated his short term insurance :lol: .
Beginning this year in a KZN park it was the real deal.
Heading for ablutions at a picnic spot we drove into a situation with a Parks tourist lorry and a bull in full Musth.
The lorry got away after mock charging, revving and flashing lights.
Left us with an enraged 7 ton killing machine in a tight cull de sac.
We made it out.
Up the road found the driver had already radioed the ranger for assistance, for two badly injured tourists.
Some of the people on the truck were crying and hugging us.
It must have been a terrible ordeal for them.
I even took a swig of neat Whiskey from someone :| .
I love elephants with all my heart but respect them without reserve.
And my SO :k .
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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby missings.a.! » Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:58 am

Giraffee

You say two tourists were badly injured and I wonder did the elephant make contact with the lorry or was it the way the guide was driving? Did the tourists break a limb or get smashed up?

There is something definitely going wrong, because in the past I do not remember hearing that elephants were so aggressive.

I wonder if people tease them or throw things at them sometimes. Anything is possible. I read somewhere, probably on this website but perhaps elsewhere, that Italian visitors were hanging out of a vehicle and throwing things at sleeping lions. :shock:

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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby giraffee » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:43 pm

Hi Missing SA.
Nobody was injured, thank heavens.
We were the supposedly badly injured tourists. Afterwards we calmed the poor driver down :| , shame, and waited until he radioed the camp and then the ranger to call off the help he requested for us. Was his first time ever.
I've never seen an elephant so bent on destroying. He was so close I could see the hairs on his knees through SO’s window. Still can’t believe he did not strike at least the back off our vehicle. And then when I looked out my window the bull was charging next to us while we were belting it out the hill. He tired quickly though.
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Re: Mooiplaas Elephant Charge

Unread postby reg knott » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:07 am

Hi all. I was just wondering if any more recent incidents at mooiplaas have been reported? I am going to be there next week and will have my 8 year old daughter with me and would really not want to have to run from an ellie
I am extremely respectful of ellies
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