Animal Encounters

I have been lucky (some would say unlucky!) to have had some close encounters with animals in the wild. The majority of these occurred when I had specifically gone travelling with the hope of seeing wildlife. For me there is something fantastic about driving down a road in a remote place knowing that there are many animals in the bushes but with no idea what will appear or when it might do so. I am in this section going to talk about some of the encounters I have experienced and where I was at the time

  • Black Mamba (South Africa) - Image by John Blythe We spent a month volunteering at Umhloti Lodge about 20 miles from Kruger. This is a nature reserve, and although none of the big five live here permanently, there are certainly visiting Leopards. However at the centre of the reserve is a Chimpanzee sanctuary (the location of the Animal Planet series …
  • Lion (Tanzania) - The majority of my safari experience has been had within the Kruger national park in South Africa. While wild, generally the facilities there are far greater than in Tanzania. As such the campsite in the Selous national park in Tanzania consisted of a flat piece of land with a sign saying ‘Lake Tagalala camp’ and …
  • Bear (Croatia) - To put this sighting in context, we had spent 3 lovely days hiking in the Northern Velebit National Park┬ánational park in Croatia, it had been beautiful, but apart from a brief sighting of two deer from a large distance away we hadn’t seen any wildlife. We were moving on and so had left the park. …