Friday, 23 September 2011

Who Are You Looking At?

We spent three days looking for elephants in Kariega Game Reserve in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The reserve covers 9,000 hectares of pristine African wilderness - that's about 35 square miles - so there's plenty of space and bush for even 25 elephants to hide themselves.

So day one: distant views.

But day two: extreme close-ups. So close that they could have pinched the binoculars from round our necks with their trunks if they'd wanted to.

And close enough for one of the young bulls to brandish his tusks in a distinctly intimidating fashion.

Staring down an elephant? Not on your nelly. The open-top Landcruiser was thrown into reverse.

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