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Saturday’s scene: Wait for me

2009/08/08by Donna Hull

Baby elephant crosses the road in Madikwe Game Reserve.

Wait for me, Mom!

Isn’t this baby elephant a cutie? “Wait for me, Mom” the baby elephant seems to say, rushing to follow her across a dusty road in South Africa.

On a photo safari in Madikwe Game Reserve , our Range Rover came across a herd of elephants. Guide, Jaco, stopped the vehicle with plenty of distance between us and the elephants lumbering in a long line across the road. If you think elephants look huge in a photo, you should see them in person! Alan and I appreciated the respect—and distance— Jaco gave the elephants. According to Jaco, (did you see our post about the bug man?), you don’t want to be charged by one, especially a mother protecting her baby elephant.

Jaco turned off the Range Rover’s engine. Alan and I took photo after photo as we waited for the elephants to walk on by. Waiting and photographing—the motto of a safari.

Thinking about planning an African safari? Check out all the information on our complete Safari Page as well as collection of South African Wildlife Photos, both great resources for active boomer travels in Africa!

Have you traveled on a photo safari in Africa? Post a comment to share your experience. This is one adventure that Alan and I could repeat again and again.


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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