A "BIG FIVE" SAFARI IN SOUTH AFRICA'S SABI SABI GAME PARK
Because of the open border with Kruger National Park, it is highly likely that travelers on a safari to the Sabi Sabi Game Park in South Africa's wilderness will see The Big Five: elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhino.
At sunrise - activities start early in the bush - our party assembled at 5 am in the lodge for a cup of coffee, where a waiter's warning shout sent Vervet monkeys scampering across chairs, up into the rafters and out through the skylight. The cookie jar, object of their mischief, was sent flying in their haste to escape.
His trunk swept up and moved like a cobra proving the air about him as he savoured our human smell. The radio crackled to life and the driver of the second Land Rover said sharply to our ranger, "Watch it Bruce. That elephant's bad-tempered." But Bruce was ready. the angry bull's trunk came down and tucked in close to his chest.
True to form, with tusks raised and ears quivering like giant fans, his massive body started to rock.
One must always be aware of the dangers. A member of the staff had nearly been blinded by a spitting Mozambique cobra the week before, and hyeanas, tempted by meaty smelling hand prints on the steering wheel of a parked Land Rover, had taken bite-sized chunks out of the tough rubber. With teeth that can crush buffalo bones the steering wheel had been just another snack.
Posted by Anne Gordon on Sunday, 19th September, 2010