Isn’t strange how just a couple of things can change one’s perception of a place. Maybe the initial thought about a place was not too far out, but the way that one views it may change. I have to admit to such a change.
Chitwan is not ever going to be my favourite place. It is just too commercial, eateries with the same menus, the Tibetan shop I swear was in Pokhara and bunch of tourists (me) all looking for wildlife of some sort.
Off we went on a 6:15 start in the hope to see rhinos. What we saw was a lot of other jeeps, and not a lot else. When the local cycle to work crew went past a 8 I had a good idea that wildlife was not going to be too evident. I started to compare the safari to what the park was like in the west, Shantiphanta, or some such. There were no huge prints, quite spots or even that much of a jungly atmosphere. What changed?
disappointed we returned to the guest house for breakfast. We told the proprietor of our lack of sightings. He said that he would take us to where the elephants have their wash after a mornings work. It was fantastic. Jacob got to ride on the elephant, next thing we knew Jacob was in the water with elephant. They both had a great time. Do elephants smile?
There was the change; good vibes all around, so now we are off again, this time on a walking safari. The guide said that since we have children he would bring a gun. I get to feel like that too, but not so much with other people’s children!