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Monday, February 21, 2011

An African adventure of another kind

The images in this posting illustrate what an elephant does when a large object obstructs its path. The photographs were taken recently by Mr Riaan van Wyk, a visitor to the Pilanesberg nature reserwe. Besides severe shock, the elderly couple inside the vehicle suffered no major injuries.

The full story can be viewed online @ www.beeld.com (Take note: the article is in Afrikaans)



The following was sourced from a posting by Tshukudu on a 4x4community-forum:
(I don’t think it relates to the same incident as the posting is dated 08-02-2010, but it is nevertheless relevant to this topic).

Hi Guys! A couple of things regarding Pilanesberg, as stated there are only two campsites Manyane & Bakgatla. There are no 4x4 routes in Pilanesberg. Regarding the elephant that turned the car over, if an elephant comes towards you move out of the way, he is bigger than you and knows it too and will therefore bully you. The elephant responsible for the over turning of the car, also overturned a landy on the same day, because the people would not move out of the way after being told to do so by a Park Official. The elephant responsible for all of this was one of the big boys brought in from Kruger in 1998 to help install discipline amongst the younger bulls. He does not just hang out on the road to the right of Manyane gate he moves all over the park. On the day in question he was seen at Bakgatla in the morning and at Manyane in the late afternoon. The cars around him were boxing him in, which happens when the park is busy…. (Full posting here).

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