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The game drive that was!

So the story goes that Queen Elizabeth while visiting Kenya and ‘safaring’ at Treetops, received the news that she was going to be queen. She packed up all her belongings and started her journey back to England to ascend the throne. With this information who wouldn’t want to visit Treetops? And thus on our journey we went. A three hour drive to the first of three destinations which greeted us with beautiful gardens, we decided it was a good idea to have our packed lunch in the next door restaurant and being polite chaps asked the waitress to allow us after all we were paying guests and were checking in to the same hotel franchise just 4 Kms away. She then walks away to go ask the manager and we proceed to eat our packed lunch. 5 minutes later, she returns with news that actually the manager said no we can’t eat there but ermmm ‘we’ have already finished eating’ we shout clearing up what’s left on our plates we make our exit. Another 4 Kms and we arrive at the right treetops with 15 mins to spare to the game drive time. We enquire at reception and are told that the car has a technical issue and we can drive ourselves, they will give us a guide if we are comfortable with the arrangement.
Not wanting to miss the one thing that brought us all the way, we hastily agree to go to our rooms drop off the bags have a quick cuppa tea and proceed to the drive. Just go and look for ‘Gitanga’ he will take you on the drive. Gitanga was a young chap with no flair, he gets into the passenger seat lackadaisically leans back and leans his arm out the window the only thing missing to complete his riff raff look was chewing gum. He then speaks Kiswahili to dad the driver. And unexcitedly points in the direction dad should drive. All the same, we don’t want to miss out on the one thing that brought us here so we drive! The game park terrain was generally flat, we were greeted immediately by hyenas and Gitanga gives us some information about the strength of a Hyenas jaw, not very reassuring given the proximity of the deadly animals. We are then greeted by Buffalos and again given information about the strength and how easily they can kill us. I was happy to see harmless waterbucks and those pig looking things …
Wartog!! So yeah we then came across a leopard and I kid you not I have never been so scared of death apart from the one time I was on a rollercoaster but that is a story for another day. Leopard looks at us and carries on on its journey. Gitanga takes us on a steep path and sensing danger dad decides to reverse right into an even more dangerous situation, about 2 secs before impact we turn back to see a huge Elephant right behind the car assessing our activity and whether it should attack our car or not.
A great sense of panic takes over and we are numb, not knowing what to do and also sensing Gitanga’s panic we just wait and see …
Eventually the Elephant decides to leave us be and walks off

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