Last week’s safari commenced with Kelwan, our Head Ranger, and a group of very excited guests who were visiting from Johannesburg and Durban. For a few, this was their first game drive experience so they were eager to see as much wildlife as possible.
Heading off along a dusty and narrow dirt track, we noticed broken branches and trees hanging over the pathway. A little further down, we got a clear view of a herd of elephants pulling down branches of an acacia tree. They do this to get to the succulent leaves at the top. It was evident that this was the very herd that caused the destruction we had seen earlier.
We journeyed on, seeing giraffes and zebras along the way, until we reached a watering hole. We then heard the bellowing and snorting sounds of hippos. After getting closer we saw that the young bull, pictured above, was challenging a dominant male to a territorial fight. The dominant male did not take kindly to the threatening sounds of the young bull and he attacked. The battle was intense leaving us on the edge of our seats! After a long while, the young bull conceded defeat and escaped with just a few injuries.
That’s the thrill of venturing deep into the wilderness – you never know what lies around each bend when you are out on a game drive.
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