A very close wildlife encounter

Working in nature in unfenced bush camps is a wonderful and frightening experience at the same time. We live and work in remote areas so wildlife encounters in camp occur quite often.

By Doreen Maswanganyi, EcoTraining Roaming housekeeping

I want to share with you my experience on the 22nd of February, a day I will never forget.

Whilst I was cleaning inside tent number 3 at Karongwe camp, I heard a loud crack outside of a tree falling down. I raised my head and looked out of the mesh window of the tent. I saw a massive elephant very close by. I stopped what I was doing and sat down in the tent. The elephant moved closer towards me and laid down on the floor. I have never been this close to an elephant and so I was scared. The elephant slowly put his trunk inside the tent where I was laying and at that moment I was praying. I could feel my heart beating loudly in my chest. I realised the elephant was just curious and he slowly turned around and walked away.

Elephant in Karongwe camp (c) Samantha Davies

I am just so grateful for the experience and even more grateful that he left me alone. Nature is magnificent and frightening at the same time. We must always be humbled by these experiences.