Jungle Safari Walk 29th Oct.

No Pictures as yet since we used the batteries on on of the most amazing experiences I have had so far. We spent the whole day (7:30 to 4) walking in a variety of jungle environments; from open mature trees, leech infested marshes, thick dark jungle that pulled and tugged at your clothes to 2 metre high grass land. We have escaped from rhino, tracked deer, are bleeding from leech attack, swelling from insect bites and heartily enthused with the Jungle experience.

The highlight was coming across a young rhino. He gave everyone a scare to start with, with the guides urging us all to run, we lost no time in obeying their advice. The rhino was young and just wanted to get to the water. We then spent the next hour watching him as he bathed and ate in the cooling waters of a swampy lake. As time passed we built up our nerves untill we felt confident taking pictures from within 10m! He was in the water we were up a tree.

What a site, he was huge, and still not fully grown. His armour like skin was solid not moving in normal folds but remaining solid as his legs moved beneath. It is easy to see how he did not need to fear the tiger. He was having a great time burying his head in the water and munching on the pond weed. Every time he pulled his head up to breathe it looked as though he had donned a green party wig, which was slowly chewed through. Only to be renewed as he dipped his head again.

As you can imagine I loved tracking the deer through the thick forest, often on all fours we crept as close as we could. We stalked them for at least 2 hours. Every one was as quite as they could be. Hearing a loud grunt we were convinced we had stumbled across a rhino. The guide signaled us to squat and stay still as he moved slowly forward to investigate. Within a minute he was out of sight. We were left with the noise of insects, birds and our own breathing. A flash and a crash as something rushed past 20 or so metres to our left. I saw nothing but heard the noise as something large ran off through the undergrowth. The guide reappeared; it had been a large wild boar. We began to spot the marks of a lot of rooting in the soil. The guide led us out of that part of the forest, wild boar are very dangerous when startled. Like I said I absolutely adored it.

 

5 Comments

5 thoughts on “Jungle Safari Walk 29th Oct.

  1. Chris and Jill Vyle

    What an experience!

    • And that left out our trip in one of the wobbliest dug-out canoes ever. Passed 2 metre Mugger Crocs, scary when the boat tipped violently to one side, and the croc looked up with that smile that they have. Louise says they were good. I don’t know if I agree.

  2. Chris and Jill Vyle

    I loved your descriptions. It all sounds utterly amazing and can’t wait for pics. Mugger crocs too! Thank goodness I don’t know these things in advance -mum comment.

  3. cranfield News

    Mum & Dad.
    What a wonderful trip that was and some cracking pictures to go with it. Just as well Louise
    does not appreciate how dangerous crocodiles really are. Mum’s turn now.
    Remember the song Louise Never SMILE at a CROC-O-DILE !!!
    While I was looking at your photo’s and videos I held my breath so that I wouldn’t make a noise
    and nearly passed out !!!
    Oh how I wish I was with you !!.
    Love you XXX

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