Close Encounter of the Elephant Kind

This is why you should always get the extra insurance when renting a car to go on an African safari:

"My sister and I drove in our Golf behind them. We saw a group of elephants and started taking photos when we saw the elephant head our way. "A game ranger shouted that I must turn the car off, which I did."

Mr Beltrame then thought that the elephant would walk past them. Instead, it seemingly decided to take a closer look at the occupants of the car. "We got very scared when he stood by us and put his foot on the hood of the car," Mr Beltrame added. "We waited about five or six minutes, sitting without moving, waiting, before the elephant continued walking. "It was an unbelievable experience."

Needless to say, the roof was dented a little bit. Okay, a lot. Subhajit Banerjee of Telegraph has the story: Link (Photo: Barcroft Media)


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Been to that park!! Amazing place. We actually encountered an elephant about that size while walking through the bush. Very humbling. It's not too hard to follow their trail. It looks like a bulldozer pushed and pulled it's way through the trees.

Ironically, the South Africans that brought us to the park told us about a similar story that happened, I believe, in Kruger. It was a much worse situation where the car was crushed with a man inside. AFAIK, he survived without any major injuries.

Apparently, this is not a unique situation...
http://honeygrahams.typepad.com/soultrip/2004/06/south_africa_1.html
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