Travel Stories: Safaris – How Close Can You Get?
Before I went on safari to Africa, some of my friends wondered aloud (or asked me directly) how close I thought I would get to the wild animals.
Well… in Sabi Sands Game Reserve – South Africa, an all-terrain vehicle is allowed to go off-road. However, most of the time we did not have to; the animals believe the road is for them as well.
These elephants greeted us near the gate.
We stalked this poor lion for more than one hour.
And as you can see, we got pretty close.
The guy in the shotgun seat was in no real danger since Solo (the lion) had just finished off a Buffalo for breakfast.
On the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, young Elephants frolicked in their own little corner while their elders munched on leaves in the shade.
It was the same on the Chobe River in Botswana. The Elephants had one patch of beach while the Hippos rarely raised their heads above the water on their own stretch of sand.
By and large, the animals ignored us as long as we were unobtrusive.
However, sometimes the animals just didn’t feel like being nice.
So, my friends, your curiosity should be satisfied!