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Elephants fighting & charging!!!

Freezing morning start & saw lots of herd animals today: Water Buffalo - massive horns

Wildebeest - small herd

Impala

Great excitement & adrenalin as Sean the Ranger & the tracker got us out of the car to walk single fill to view t he rhinos upwind & close!!! This massive 2 tonne rhinowas looking at us but we were told couldn't see us. He could hear us but not smell us & was just squaring off looking like he was about to charge. Brad was so excited & trying to grab the camera for the photo of the charge!! Kinda glad that didn't happen!!!!

Back for breakfast Leezie ( the owner) introduced us to her Mongoose babies. She had a pet mongoose that gave birth to 9 babies last year on her bed & then a few months later disappeared. The babies are now living outside but come to visit. I had a cuddle with one & its hair is very course. They are very cute & to see so many of them running around the lodge trying to open cupboard ... very funny.

Today on the walk with Eric the tracker We asked him about his scariest animal moment & which animal did he fear the most & it was the water buffalo. He had been chased by a water buffalo & had to climb up a tree to escape it & then had a herd of 500 sitting around the tree. He called for help on the radio & the car came & parked below the tree for him to jump out. When they looked up they saw on a branch above him a leopard that must have also been chased up the tree by the water buffalo & poor Eric had no idea he was sharing a tree with a leopard!!!

He also told us about a nearby reserve that had a leopard drag an impala up a tree over the guest swimming pool. One of the guest was swimming & noticed blood dripping into the pool to see a dead impala in the tree in the mouth of a leopard. That would be so cool to see!!! The staff work 26 days & then get a week off. They live in staff accommodation & he is 1 1/2 hours way from his family

Didn't have any exciting animal encounters, just dodging being snared by all the nasty thorn bushes they have here in Africa!!! some of these thorns are so long!!! Saw the home of a warthog & saw some running on the other side of the river

The afternoon safari was very exciting. we had been driving around for a couple of hours , tracking lions but couldn't find them & just before sunset we came across a big herd of elephants. There were 2 in the distance that were fighting & charging each other. They came up close to us on the road & it was the most hilarious thing we have seen. The female decided to get antsy with us & forgot about the male & started to show signs of aggression to us by waving her trunk & ears at us, lifting her trunk & trumpeting & running towards us. Sean backed the car a little bit not because he was worried but to let her feel she had the upper hand & would come out & charge us again. She was running into clumps of trees at full pelt & knocking them down & then charging or backing into another lot of trees & cracking them as well. Then the male came up & knelt done on the ground in front of us. It was not a sign of submission but a sign of aggression to show us what he would do to us... grind us into the ground!!!!

This went on for about 15 minutes & had us all cracking up as this elephant had a 2 year old temper tantrum in front of us. It was just a young elephant of about 1 year & so still has a lot of growing to do. We may have been a little more worried if it was a big bull one!!! An adult elephant can weigh 5 - 7 Tonne!! No wonder the trees just crack & fall!!!

While we were sitting a dinner we heard a dog barking & wondered why there would be domestic dog around. We discovered that it was the sound a water buck ( deer) makes & that it was being chased by a leopard ( right next to where we were!!) Leopards are here but so hard to spot.

Back home for another relaxing bath in the dark while Brad sat on he verandah with a torch looking for animals

Early morning sun on the wildebest

Early morning sun on the wildebest


Wildebeest

Wildebeest


Wildebeest herd

Wildebeest herd


Water buffalo

Water buffalo


Massive horns

Massive horns


Herd or Obstinacy of Water Buffalo!!

Herd or Obstinacy of Water Buffalo!!


In the vehicle

In the vehicle


Rhino walk in the bush

Rhino walk in the bush


Leigh worried on the rhino walk

Leigh worried on the rhino walk


The 2 Rhino we walked to

The 2 Rhino we walked to


Brad waiting for the charge

Brad waiting for the charge


Getting closer

Getting closer


Looking right at us

Looking right at us


Giraffe

Giraffe


Up with the trees

Up with the trees


Mongoose

Mongoose


Brad & mark with Eric the tracker

Brad & mark with Eric the tracker


Beautiful River scenery

Beautiful River scenery


Lodge lounging areas

Lodge lounging areas


Lodge lounge

Lodge lounge


Inside lodge lounge

Inside lodge lounge


Bar area

Bar area


Balconies

Balconies


Wrestling mongoose

Wrestling mongoose


More than wrestling - a bit of dominance

More than wrestling - a bit of dominance


Running outside

Running outside


Deer

Deer


Elephants

Elephants


Cranky elephant

Cranky elephant


Brad near the elephants

Brad near the elephants


Elephant tantrum

Elephant tantrum


Sean the ranger ready with the rifle

Sean the ranger ready with the rifle

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in South Africa

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