Picture this. A cute baby elephant grazing with mother and the rest of the herd along a narrow dirt track in the Madikwe Game Reserve in northern South Africa. Tranquil.
About two minutes after this shot was taken the mother became spooked by the ignition of our open Landrover 4WD and charged us. Our ranger Johnny was cool under pressure. Stalling the Landy wouldn't
have been fun for nine passengers.
The mother chased us for at least a hundred metres at full tilt. Just as we thought we were in the clear, we rounded a tight blind bend in second gear and almost bumped into another elephant who turned on its heels and gave chase too.
I was sitting up the back and peering out the side throughout all of this. My running commentary was only: "It's still chasing us..."
We stayed in an open camp where it's not uncommon for wild dogs to be in the vicinity or to see the odd lion of a night. An evening stroll to the loo is not recommended.