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 Post subject: Re: Ellie whimp
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:02 pm 
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However, I'm really, really looking forward to my next trip to the park in November, despite the ellies!!


Welcome to the forum, inyoka! What are your plans, where will you be going? I hope you'll do a trip report when you get back. Have you seen the trip report section? I'll be in the park in November too. We might bump into each other. You can recognise forumites by a yellow ribbon on their car. :lol:


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+1. Much respect to hellafunt in general, and particularly when towing.

My advice if you've run into snot, is the switch-off-and-wait-it-out plan. Obviously it's way better if you can avoid trouble by stopping well short / clear of the animal(s), but sometimes it cannot be avoided.

One of my memorable Kruger moments was having to switch off and wait out a huge herd of buff crossing the CB-LS road to the river. Buff all around us, nothing we could do, switched off the engine, and enjoyed. And strangely, nervous as we were to begin with, once the herd realised we weren't a threat, and weren't going anywhere, they were quite relaxed as they milled around the car and trailer.

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If you come across a herd of relaxed buffs milling around, you can push very slowly through them and they will open up for you and let you pass. Don't try it with eles.

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Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:30 pm 
Talking about trying to get passed an elephant, I remember once taking a slow pace back to camp when suddenly round the next corner a huge bull elephant decided it would be fun to walk directly in front of us down the road. We had no option but to slowly follow him which I am sure he thought was very funny. In any case we arrived about 10-15 minutes late but did not get into too much trouble when explaining the circumstances to the rangers and showing proof on the camera.(with the time stamp, luckily)


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 Post subject: Re: Ellie whimp
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inyoka wrote:
However, I'm really, really looking forward to my next trip to the park in November, despite the ellies!!


Welcome to the forum, inyoka! What are your plans, where will you be going? I hope you'll do a trip report when you get back. Have you seen the trip report section? I'll be in the park in November too. We might bump into each other. You can recognise forumites by a yellow ribbon on their car. :lol:


Hi there Gwendolen. We're staying at Shingwedzi for 4 nights from the 12th-15th Nov, then Letaba on the 16th, Satara the 17th and 18th, Skukuza the 19th and Pretoriuskop on the 20th. I can't wait!! What are your plans? Have you been to the park in November before? Is it as hot as in December/Jan?!


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After many run-ins with Kruger eles, it is quite uncanny the way that Addo eles will walk right past your car without and reaction. It happens regularly, and even with babies in tow.

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 Post subject: Elephant attacks
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:05 pm 
If one looks at it mathematically, the chances of getting whacked are unlikely, to say the least!

However, I am a lover, not a fighter, and don't wnt to be a statistic.

I often even turn around and don't waste time when faced by a "joker" bull on the road, taking an alternative route...

All the advice on this thread is very good.

It must be stressed, though, that when encountering ellies, quickly scan the bush on either side, especially with breeding herds.


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We have been chased a few times, but only 3 times seriously..

As a general rule, I try to get 'next' to them, so that I dont have to reverse.. Secondly, there's no way I'll swith my engine off if they are close. :o

The most scary 'chase' was on the tar road to B&D, whole group of little ones + angry mothers. We were on our way back home with our Venter......all we could do is stop and see!!
Luckly they passed, and Im not scared of animals easily, but this...

This male was just 'playing', he kept us busy for 45 minutes!

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant
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This ellie seen on the S1 Doispane Road in Feb this year with a huge rip in his ear.

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant
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 Post subject: Re: Elephant
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 Post subject: Re: Elephant
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Here is an example of an Elephant to keep your distance from. For those who don't know, this is an example of a bull in Musth. Note the leaking temperal gland and stained hind legs from genital leakage.

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 Post subject: Ellie Encounters!
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We will be in Kruger in 10 days from our home in San Diego California.
I've watched the you tube videos and read all I can, but I need clear directions on what to do in our compact rental car if a disgruntled elephant charges.
What I have come up with is to keep our distance, watch if an ellie looks irritated, and if so back up before he charges.
Is this an okay strategy?
Also if we are in a charge situation, what should we do? :slap:
I would be so inclined to back up.
It seems from the you tube videos that lots of out of country tourists have no idea what they are doing....that of course will be us!! :redface:
Help would be appreciated.
Oh, and what side of the car to I tie the yellow ribbon?

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 Post subject: Re: Ellie Charges
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Giving ellies space is wise.
Don't get in the middle of a herd if you can help it - if you do and cannot escape then best stay still, windows closed, engine off.

Try to avoid the reverse-chase scenario.
If an ellie is 'chasing' then rather turn round, go a different route, or wait a while back down the road out of sight of ellie and then move forward again.
Hopefully ellie will have moved off.

Enjoy your trip.

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