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COSMIC RHINO

Umlani camp and Africa on foot MAY 2017

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Here are some elephant photos @COSMIC RHINO took at Africa on Foot.

 

The elephants look very calm and relaxed around vehicles.

 

 

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A couple of more - elephants drinking and elephants tussling

 

 

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Elephants_tussling.jpg

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thanks offshore birder for posting my photos 

 

yes, the elephants were calm around vehicles

 

I had a number of great sitings 

 

they were sometimes a bit hidden in the bush

 

mostly other vehicles did not stay for long, so I largely had them to myself

 

only on one siting did another vehicle stay for anything longer for a brief period of time

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Nice group of eles; the next-to-last pic in post #76 made me smile.

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you get better results if you stay around  on  a good siting 

 

I find a bridge camera with high magnification just great for what I want to do , and when you are already close you get to see fine detail of things

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one evening after dinner people got into the vehicle in response to lion calls

 

the guide was  able to find them with the spotlight but it was not easy when it was very dark, in heavy bush and with the lions moving quickly

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the decaf coffee  bags taste great

 

a plunger of coffee is served with breakfast

 

it was interesting hearing the very experienced tracker Enoch talk  about things  

 

he does not like Afrikaans at all as a language of domination , or working in the old days at mala mala 

 

the trackers were banned from speaking in English, had to use the specially invented multi dilect  used in the mines , and were banned from answering any guests questions , which had to be passed onto the guide

 

this gave  he a reason to move to Londolozi were the trackers were treated much better

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Nice photos @COSMIC RHINO  - lovely to see the elephants.

THank you for posting them @offshorebirder

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  • Africa on foot has a regular boma fire  which is wonderful to sit around 

 

they now use dried wood sold  by the bag to avoid taking it from the bush

 

  • ask  guides how do they work out how strong animal senses are , and the comment is by comparing some dead ones which have be dissected to the structure of the same part of the human body.  this was confirmed by another guest who is a research herpetologist from Stanford University 
  • all the other guests were pleasant and friendly  , there was an older UK couple from Inverness ,the area strongly supports the existence of the Loch Ness monster , she is good for the visitor economy ,there is a bit of evidence , and things can't be properly investigated in a cold lake with poor visibility .a whole lot of local  homes are now tourist bed and breakfast venues

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