Klaserie River Sands

Video: Elephant herd mock charges during game drive

Screenshot from a video of elephants mock charging a vehicle

Written by Frank de Beer

An unforgettable experience happened while I was driving my guests through the newly opened Maseke Game Reserve – a reserve which is now part of Balule Parsons in the Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. The area is thick with vegetation, which makes it quite an attractive location for large elephant herds…

It was on one particularly windy morning when we were out on a game drive, having just come from watching lions being chased by a young elephant bull. We rounded a bend in the road and came face to face with an elephant breeding herd!

It took some guts, but I stood my ground (as I was taught), calmly talking to the herd. The elephants were clearly nervous as the scent of lions was still wafting in the air.

The adults made sure to protect the young calves by placing them in the middle of the herd, as shown in the video below. It was truly an unforgettable experience for myself and my guests!

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  • Jonathan

    Hi Frank, I think you handled this situation very well and you obviously have a lot of experience. In Beat about the bush by Trevor Carnaby, he mentions switching the engine off rather than letting it run and pulling to the side of the road to allow the herd to pass. Do you agree with this approach, I’ve done it once in the Kruger with a bull and he was happy to walk passed and keep going but it’s was a very different situation than a matriarchal herd with calves as young as these.

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