Monday, June 20, 2011

Elephant close encounter

You don't always realise how big an elephant is until it head straight for you.  One of the highlight (and for some more frightening) sightings in Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth must be coming across one of the big elephants bulls walking down the road towards you.  We encountered this big guy on the Ngulube loop in the new Southern Section of the park ambling towards us. I stopped but let the car idle just in case we had to make a sudden retreat.  As he came nearer he lifted up his trunk for a sniff of the air before scratching above his eye. 

This was the last opportunity to take a picture before he was too close and would have filled more than the photo's frame.  Moments later he walked past the car barely two meters away.  The Rugrats were leaning the other way and the Damselfly was holding her breath.  What an magnificent experience!!!

7 comments:

  1. I´m getting *gooseskin*. I think you will never forget this! :o wow
    Lg Tina

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  2. Amazing!! You were lucky he just ambled passed !! Great photos!!

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  3. How exciting, and a little nerve racking. Elephants are So BIG! Glad you captured that big guy. Did you also take pics of your terrified family? ;)

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  4. Gotta love those Addo elephants!!

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  5. That must have been thrilling. He certainly is a handsome guy.

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  6. Way cool!

    (or as my friend from California would say, Totally Rad!)

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