Troublesome Teenager

17 August 2009 | Jo Jenkins | Safari and Beach News

We’ve recently been introduced to a troublesome teenager in Nkwali Camp, Zambia – an elephant. This young bull started coming through camp months ago and it was not an issue.  Elephants often come through camp.  But the key word is “through”.  However he has now become somewhat of a resident and rather too familiar!  We need to be very careful walking around corners.  But the annoyance is being trapped.  I have missed afternoon tea a number of times as he is outside the office. Here is Ray – trapped!
The first time he walked INTO the bar was quite a moment.  Here is the story from the guest who experienced it.  "It was our first afternoon at Nkwali, in fact our first day ever in Africa when we had a very close encounter with an elephant!  Following lunch, we went to sun ourselves on the deck over the river.  After a while we heard a noise and an elephant appeared. We watched with excitement as he made his way closer to the bar, snacking from the trees. However, our excitement turned to a bit of anxiety as he came closer and closer.  We moved into the bar. By then we were feeling very nervous so we slowly started backing up toward the rooms.  As we did so, the elephant actually stepped up into the bar, knocking over a few chairs.  Not finding anything of interest, he turned around and walked down the deck stairs, then back down the riverbank. Quite a moment on our first day in Africa"

Written by Jo Jenkins

Jo’s enthusiasm for safari as a child when her parents worked in Zambia, then Kenya. Jo quickly fancied herself as a safari expert and has been a keen game tracker ever since. Although, more recently, she is very keen to trial many of the (more luxurious) beach lodges we now offer.

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