For our honeymoon we did an epic tour of Namibia, Botswana, SA and Malawi.Found these ones from camping in mana pools.
Been a while and my mate was really bad at ID ing animals. One site he was on about there was a 20 foot long python “just over there”.
Had a quick scope and no it was some elephant shite and a lizard.
Anyway few days later, bought our rations, cane alcohol , castle beer ets. put up the tent and drink a few . Mana pools is One of the only parks you can walk without a guide, or it was in 92. No more than 100 m from the river inland.
So we go for a walk, he’s here after scoping and saying there are two rhino over there.
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I look and say, twat it’s a couple of rocks.
Cane and beer courage we walk closer and closer.
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Walking backwards at fast as we could.
Going to a local hotel for a resup of food. Paid two locals about 50 p each to carry the canoe as we could not be bothered to break it down and pack it as we were Going back on the river After a Few beers.
Walking along, the two guys say.
”Hay boss, there are lion and elephant around.“
Can you walk in front so we have a chance to run.?
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The missus was working for a very high end travel firm and managed to pull in freebies and favours from every corner.
I think we paid around 12 grand for a holiday that would’ve normally cost 30. Flying everywhere in private Cessnas and helicopters, luxury safari camps, the works.
Anyway one morning we go on a foot safari.
The guide is packing a hefty 375 rifle which I’m assured is for emergencies only.
About an hour in, we’re walking through 6ft high reeds and plants and can only see about 10ft in each direction. I start to shit myself big time, we’d literally seen lions on the road while driving over here.
Every rustle or noise in the reeds could be a big cat or some other monster that wants to eat us. There is no ******* way matey boy is getting his bang stick off his shoulder and made ready, in the time it takes for a big cat to pounce.
Eventually we get to a clearing and there is a mother white rhino with a calf not 20ft from where we are standing.
It’s only at this point that the guide gets a little edgy and quietly says “we need to get out of here, very quickly and very quietly.”
Missus was completely oblivious to the danger and thought it was mega.