DANGER CLOSE

“Any one who hunts big game ought to be prepared to take some chances; and after all, if the element of danger were entirely eliminated, where would the fun come in?” -Frederick Courteney Selous, Travel and adventure in South-East Africa, 1893

 

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The moment a Rhino we are tracking unexpectedly crests the ridge right in front of us.

Close quarters, on foot, down hill and up wind of a surprised black rhino; not ideal.

Weighing 3000 pounds with a reputation for ill temper and capable of charging at 35mph (horses gallop at 25-30mph) I was relieved when, after a tense stand off lasting about 5-10 minutes, it bolted.

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Location: Kakoland

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