Elephant encounter: how close is “close”?

Very Close Encounter Indeed (Elephant Movie Clip)

3 Ways to Approach an African Elephant REAL Close

NB: Never try this unattended/whilst on foot. For obvious reasons, it is best to stick to the safety of your car.

Rule Number One: Don’t be in the way (EXTREMELY important)! You always have to position yourself/your vehicle in such a way that you don’t disrupt the elephant’s path.

In other words, never stand between the elephant and where it is heading.

Rule Number Two: Always make sure the animal can see you. The last thing you’d want to do is take the elephant by surprise.

In the latter case scenario, you might get real close to the animal, but then again it might also be the last time you ever see anything (elephant charge = goodbye to you). May not be a sound idea after all, huh? 😉

As long as the pachyderm stays nice and relax, it is much more likely to go past you as if you weren’t even there.

Rule Number Three: Be quiet! While you must make sure the elephants sense your presence, if you are too noisy you’ll either scare them away, or…you might be asking for trouble!

At the end of the day, the choice is yours: you either abide to the elephant’s rules or you don’t…either way, you’ll pay the consequences of your act.

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2 Responses to Elephant encounter: how close is “close”?

  1. Cheryl Merrill September 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    RE: Elephant encounter/Real Close. Is this in the Ngorongoro? The elephant looks very old and malnourished, with slack skin, lack of energy, extreme sway to backbone. I assume the Kenyan drought extends to Ngorongoro. This one looks as if she “had an appointment at the end of the earth.”

    • Africafreak September 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

      Hi Cheryl,

      Yes, the video footage is indeed from the Ngorongoro Crater.

      You’re right, the elephant is rather old. However, we have seen quite a few families (especially in the Lerai forest), and boy did they look healthy.

      Ever seen some of those tusks they have? The Ngorongoro is definitely one of the last places on Earth where you can still see wild elephants with VERY LARGE tusks.

      Do you know why this is the case?

      Well done, it has to do with the elephant’s diet (high phosphate intake)! 😉

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