The BIG 5. The elephant confonted me !
Pilanesberg Travel Blog› entry 16 of 26 › view all entries
October 23rd, 2009 – by: herman_munster
Me and Mousa ( the driver who picked me from the airport) left the hostel at 7am to Pilanesberg Game Reserve to hunt the BIG FIVE- .
The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located in North West Province of South Africa west of Pretoria.
The first half of the safari, I didn’t get to see much of the wildlife but after lunch I was a bit lucky to see the Elephants. There was a family of elephant heading on the same direction as our car on our right. I wanted to get a closer and better angle so I sat on the car window that half of my body was outside. The elephant came closer to us until he overtakes us and stood on our way. He was aware that it’s me snapping his picture and got annoyed! It was just 5 m in front of us and he’s spread his ears and ready to confront us.
I was scared and so was Mousa hahaha. Mousa pressed the pedal and the engine made the elephants ran away. I enjoyed this adrenaline rush. Later I saw a lot other wildlife ie giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Springbok, Kudu (didn’t remember which one is that). Didn’t see any cheetah and lion. Maybe if I get off the car and put myself in the middle of the savannah, they probably had come. The safari was big that I covered only a quarter size of it. If you see the elephants this time, they would be within a kilometer the next couple of days. That’s the tip from Mousa. I left the safari at half 3 back to Jo’Burg for Soweto township. Visiting South Africa is not complete if one does not visiting South African township.
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