MY ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI!

MY ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI!

Anna’s 21st birthday morning started off with a bit of stress after a long film fest night as her alarm did not go off and she and Shannon had to get ready for the elephants ride in about 10 minutes.

Shannon saved the day by getting us there only a few minutes late and the very nice guys from Jabulani were waiting at the gate just for us.

Little did Shannon know at the time that she did not have to wake up at 5:30 only to drive me and Anna there, but that she will be going on this adventure with us as a surprise present for her 18th birthday.

Having to sign the indemnity forms at the gate Shannon was very surprised and excited when Anna gave her the forms saying that she has to sign too!

When we got to the elephants it was an amazing sight, over 10 beautiful animals with many calves of all ages were waiting for us.

Before getting on the elephants we got a chance to do some hands-on work with the leader of the group, a very friendly and patient elephant called Jabulani. Surprisingly their skin is quite soft and hairy and the skin under their ears is as soft as silk. They understand over 80 words and commands. Jabulani even took the hat off my head because the trainer told him to.

I have never been so close to such a huge animal and one of the Big 5 – it was really great.

Finally the time came for us to get on our elephants. Shannon and Anna got Sebakwe, who is the largest and oldest in the group.

Only after the ride did we find out, that the birthday girls got a celebrity to ride on. Simbakwe is the elephant on the Amarula bottles, how cool is that! I got a little, but sweet elephant called Bubi who had a little calf who was following us everywhere.

The ride was awesome!  Seeing the bush from the back of an elephant is a unique experience. We saw giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs and other animals, but none of the big 5 apart from those we were sitting on.

I asked Benjamin, the rider of Bubi, what would happen if we would come across any of the big 5 and he said “nothing”. Well, it makes sense that you are pretty safe when on top of the largest animal in the bush.

Anna’s 21st birthday morning started off with a bit of stress after a long film fest night as her alarm did not go off and she and Shannon had to get ready for the elephants ride in about 10 minutes.
Shannon saved the day by getting us there only a few minutes late and the very nice guys from Jabulani were waiting at the gate just for us.

Little did Shannon know at the time that she did not have to wake up at 5:30 only to drive me and Anna there, but that she will be going on this adventure with us as a surprise present for her 18th birthday.
Having to sign the indemnity forms at the gate Shannon was very surprised and excited when Anna gave her the forms saying that she has to sign too!

When we got to the elephants it was an amazing sight, over 10 beautiful animals with many calfs of all ages were waiting for us.
Before getting on the elephants we got a chance to do some hands-on work with the leader of the group, a very friendly and patient elephant called Jabulani. Surprisingly their skin is quite soft and hairy and the skin under their ears is as soft as silk. They understand over 80 words and commands. Jabulani even took the hat off my head because the trainer told him to.
I have never been so close to such a huge animal and one of the Big 5 – it was really great.

Finally the time came for us to get on our elephants. Shannon and Anna got Sebakwe, who is the largest and oldest in the group.
Only after the ride did we find out, that the birthday girls got a celebrity to ride on. Simbakwe is the elephant on the Amarula bottles, how cool is that! I got a little, but sweet elephant called Bubi who had a little calf who was following us everywhere.

The ride was awesome!  Seeing the bush from the back of an elephant is a unique experience. We saw giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs and other animals, but none of the big 5 apart from those we were sitting on.
I asked Benjamin, the rider of Bubi, what would happen if we would come across any of the big 5 and he said “nothing”. Well, it makes sense that you are pretty safe when on top of the largest animal in the bush.

  

Written by Ivana (Slovakia)