Close Encounters!



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At Tintswalo Safari Lodge, three of us stayed at the Manor House. Manor House is about 5 minutes away from the main lodge by the safari jeep. We were always dropped to the lodge and we were severely discouraged from walking around on our own apart from the common areas in the main lodge. Manor House is a luxurious place with a private swimming pool. It is fenced off to keep the wild animals away.

Manor House, Tintswalo Safari Lodge, South Africa

Manor House, Tintswalo Safari Lodge, South Africa

One day while coming back from a safari I asked Erick if I could get by the pond near the Manor House and click the birds? He agreed. But he asked me to move into the fenced premises before he drove off to the main lodge. Later he came to pick us up for lunch.

The Open Deck, Tintswalo Safari Lodge, South Africa

The Open Deck used for Meals, Tintswalo Safari Lodge, South Africa

After a good meal we were taken back to the Manor House as we had some free time. I asked again, “could I go by myself to the pond and click some bird pictures?” The answer was a polite but firm no. Erick said, “It was not safe at all as some animal might stray this way.” I was a tad disappointed but I have never been reckless. So we decided to sit by the pool in a while.

Suddenly Asha called out load (she had the upper loft room) “Come here there is an elephant near my room.” Shalini and I ran and enjoyed the view.

An Elephant, Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa

An Elephant near Manor House, Tintswalo Safari Lodge, South Africa

Then I went back to my room and in a whileI came out by the pool. The elephant was now calmly drinking water from my bird pond where I wanted to go alone! I am so happy that I am not reckless and I did not venture out on my own to do any photography near the waterhole, I after all wanted to photograph birds and not an elephant! I also asked at the lodge if elephants could destroy the electric fence and they said they could if they want to, so can lions. But they said they are used to the fence and generally leave it alone! Thank god for small mercies.

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16 thoughts on “Close Encounters!

  1. Jiggyasa

    Manor house is so beautiful.Love the little pond shaped pool :) and yes watching that huge elephant could be be like…Whooooo!!! Soooo bIG!!

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  2. Mridula Post author

    Yes Sfurti!

    Yes My Say but I was happy to watch them from a distance.

    Easwar African elephants do look different than ours!

    Aamjunta thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Meghana but I am not reckless at all!

    It was an amazing experience Lady Fi.

    Thank you Sreedev.

    Thanks Niranjan.

    South Africa is an amazing country My Jaipur.

    Farah no the elephant drank the water and went its way. It was not interested in anything else.

    Debopam yes the fence you see is an electric fence. But I am told if the elephants want they can break it!

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  3. aamjunta

    Recently I visited Mysore zoo where I could witness the difference between African elephant and Indian elephants. Nice post and nice photos…

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