Since it would be impossible to recall them all, I decided to list some of the ones I’ll cherish forever:
– First animal ever encountered in the wild: Black rhinoceros, Nairobi National Park (not bad for a first, don’t you think?)! It crossed the road right beneath our eyes!
– A pressing need that could’ve been costly: Serengeti National Park entrance gate. My father was in an urgent need to go to the bathroom and chose a bush not too far from the car. About 5 minutes after he had come back, I said to him: “dad, check it out!” A HUGE 200 kg male lion was standing besides the exact spot where my father had done his business! VERY CLOSE! 🙂
– Lone buffalo bull in the penumbra: Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. The lodge where we were staying at was right by the river, and it wasn’t fenced off (wild animals roaming around). It was almost dark and my mother and two sisters had decided to join us at the restaurant.
For security matters, Maasai warriors usually stand by the chalets, but for some odd reason no one was there when they decided to leave the room. So anyway, on their way to meet us they bumped into a lone buffalo bull. As you may know, solitary buffalos are sometimes known for their aggressive behavior and should be handled with care…
Needless to say that they got a huge fright! Luckily, one of the staff members saw the scene and scared the animal off with some stones.
– An unhappy fellow: Serengeti Park, playing around with my cousins (about 12 years old at the time). I was standing on a small kopje when I literally got attacked from behind by an unhappy hyrax! Must’ve been disrupting his “nap” or something as it was clearly not happy to see us! 🙂
– Ecotraining experience, Timbavati (South Africa). Spent 28 days of magical moments learning about the fauna and flora of the African bush! Totally recommended if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in the middle of nowhere.
Some of the highlights of my stay included big 5 sightings, a sleep out in the bush, a lion kill right next to our camp (we could actually hear the kill as it was happening; freaky), and incredible tracking and walking safaris!
What’s Your Safari Story?
Any anecdote or safari story to share? What’s your ‘unusual’ encounter? Drop me a line in the comments section, I’m curious to hear them all…Cheers! 😉