In the 1980s I had several close calls with wildlife. Partially this was statistical inevitability coming into play. Sometimes it was my own fault entirely. I had become very blase about wild animals such as elephant and lion. Because I was having so much daily exposure to the presence of these animals - even inside the proximity of my own camps - I started to take risks without knowing it. Everything concerning wild animals, especially when you are on foot, is a calculated risk. However when you start to ignore the calculation side of things trouble happens. And as I found out on two occasions - when things go wrong - they go wrong so fast that you can not be prepared for it!
1/13 : My elephant incident started when I parked above the lower Ngwezumba Pool. On this occasion my mother was with me.
2/13 : I set up a hide at another pool. While I was away a group of elephants surprised my mother and unexpectedly attacked the vehicle.
3/13 : They pushed the vehicle 50 meters into the bush.
4/13 : This was the result of the incident.
5/13 : Me getting too casual with elephants on another occasion.
6/13 : My significant lion incident happened during the rainy season at Kwekampa.
7/13 : The morning of the incident I had camped nearby in very muddy and wet conditions.
8/14 : When trying to approach the pan I walked through several pools to check the road. Then a lion burst into view and I ran.
9/13 : This is the tree that saved me. I was treed for a few minutes but the lion was not serious and didn't try to get me out of it.
10/13 : On a different occasion when I was driving by this Kwekampa lion also charged me several times.
11/13 : My third incident in the Chobe National Park happened in the Mababe. The Magwikwe road should be used in the wet season
12/13 : In 1985I had risked using the main track to Kasane. I got stuck with little prospect of any help as all traffic was using the Sand Ridge road.
13/13 : I tried for 2 days to get myself out but to no avail. One night lions investigated. Luckily another vehicle arrived 2 days later. I was at the point of walking out (50kl of treeless plain.)