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Tips from Pat (and Maurice) when it comes to viewing the Elephants

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Pat and Maurice have been together for almost 3 years now, and Pat has been a game guide for almost 12 years! Pat is very experienced when it comes to game viewing of Elephants and prefers the "rather safe than sorry" view of these great animals. Pat has studied and observed elephants behaviour and signs of irritation etc for over 12 years so he knows how to read a situation when viewing Elephants. Most visitors to the park think they will see the signs of aggression in an elephant - this is not true! So to help you out so you can enjoy the elephants as much as Pat and Maurice do, Pat has given you some tips on safe viewing of elephants!
Pat & Maurice's General Rules for Safe Viewing of Elephants:
Be careful when you approach a breeding herd of Elephants that have small babies. The matriarch, mothers and other members of the herd do become aggressive, especially when the small babies feel threatened by you being so close. Keep a safe distance, allow the Elephants good space and STAY IN YOUR CAR! (You will not out run an Elephant!)
Musth Bull are ...very aggressive as their hormones try and balance themselves out! Keep a safe distance from the bulls as they tend to become extremely aggressive in a short space of time.
Do not drive off the road to chase the herd for those great pictures you are after!
Do not continuously follow the elephants when they try and walk off. They are trying to show you they have had enough and want to just walk away. Continuously following them could make them aggressive (and this is one fight you won't win! Respect them and they will respect you back)
Give the elephants right of way - after all you are in their territory.
Drive away slowly if they come to close. Do not speed off as this will startle the elephants and the elephant may charge you!
Do not cut the elephants path of walking off. They destroy anything in their paths - especially if the herd has babies.
PLEASE do not try and feed the elephants! This is nature and nature will takes its course as and when needed!

Until next time - Safe Viewing makes for Great Viewing!
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