A recent Elephant Encounter
“Walking in the bush is my ultimate experience, and I believe the best way to really appreciate the environment. On a vehicle is great because we can get around relatively quickly and cover a larger area and see more animals, and often much closer too.
But you miss out on what your senses can pick up because the vehicle is revving, belching out fumes and as you drive the wind blows past you, roaring in your ears.
On foot, you hear all the sounds, the smells are right under your nose, and you can touch. Plus, when you are lucky enough to encounter animals, small and large, and when they are large like elephants you experience a whole different spectrum of sensations.
Noticeable is how small you are and your little voices starts to chirp “run, hide, don’t pee yourself” or what ever it says.
This last month, we were on a walk focusing on track identification. But suddenly, we heard a crack as a tree went down, and we made our way towards the sound. We were rewarded with a herd of 30 plus elephants, moving at speed ahead of us. We scrambled up a ridge to get a better view, and to get out of their path. I could sense that all the volunteers and I, were suddenly alert, apprehensive but excited. There is nothing like these amazing animals closing in on you, on foot.”
Extract from Mike, the Game Reserve and Volunteer Manager at the Wildlife Volunteer Makalali Game Reserve, on a recent elephant encounter whilst on an on-foot trekking safari.
If you fancy the opportunity to work with experienced rangers and conservationists on the stunning Big Five Makalali Game Reserve – sometimes on foot – then come and have a chat with us here at Amanzi Travel.