Elephants have right of way. Are you going to argue?

Just after sunrise last Sunday, while driving in the Mopani area of the Kruger National Park, we encountered this enormous Elephant bull in musth staking his claim to the narrow road. He was on his way to Mooiplaas waterhole and did not have any intention of letting four humans in a tiny (by his standards) metal cocoon derail his plans. In the end he made us reverse for over a kilometer before veering off towards the water.


46 thoughts on “Elephants have right of way. Are you going to argue?

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  4. kim blades, writer

    I remember Mooiplaas and the road to it, very well. I had lots of encounters with elephants there. I wonder if any of the baby elephants I saw in the Mooiplaas area and around Letaba and Mopani, fifteen years ago, which was when I last visited KNP, are the grown up elephants you saw on your recent visit to the Park?

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      That’s a wonderful thought, Kim, and it must be so! Several of the big old tuskers have become “regular” sightings on repeat visits, so the same must be true for other less easily recognisable animals.

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  5. John

    Wow! Amazing picture of the elephant bull! Have never seen such a good pictures of the beautiful elephant before, It seems to be so calm.😊 Have seen elephants rollover over big buses. Are you an “elephant whisperer”?😁

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Actually this one was quite irritated by our presence, John, and I had to keep a respectful distance from him to keep him from a full-on attack. Glad to know though that the photos convey a bit of his majesty!

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  6. Ellada Valerie

    William Shakespeare had said: To be, or not to be, that is the question.
    And I suppose you said at that moment: to be crushed or not, that is NOT the question. 🙂 🙂

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