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  Wihtin feet of elephants
by grets

The open safari trcuk that picks us up at 07:00 has provided blankets against the early morning chill, which is a really nice touch.

On the banks of the river, we are provided with a full fry-up breakfast before we get on board the canoes.

The whole scene is very romantic - the early morning sun twinkling in the river and casting eerie spells of long shadows on the water.

Life jackets are provided, but I squash my glasses as I try to put mine on and decide not to wear one. They won't protect you against hippos or crocdiles anyway!

We glide silently through the still waters, effortlessly moving up river. The atmosphere is lovely, such a realxing experience. We try our hand at paddling, but it isn't required, apart from when we inadvertently get too near a hippo and have to move away rapidly.

Drifting downriver, we see the odd elephant in the distance and hippos wallowing on the river's edge. On one of the islands we are so lucky to see over 20 elephants frolicking in the river, playing, washing and drinking. There are babies too, enjoying an early morning swim. You feel really quite vulnerable being within feet of wild African elephants in a small canoe. They appear to take no notice of us whatsoever though, and we stay watching them for ages. In fact we moor on an island opposite for our picnic lunch. A meal with a view! Everything here is so well organised with beer and soft drinks, rolls, salad, ham, quiche, chutney, fruit and crisps. All the excursions seem to include food and drink.

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  • Written Aug 5, 2004
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