After hiking the Pafuri Walking Trail in the remote northern Kruger Park, I’ve come to the conclusion that the park is best explored on foot. Don’t expect long, languid lie-ins at Pafuri Walking Trail Camp. Wake-up call is at 5:30 a.m., before the birds start their dawn call. I tear myself from my warm feather duvet, unzip my tent and breathe in the crisp winter morning. Half an hour later I realize how vulnerable we are, despite the guides carrying rifles. A cartoon from Gary Larson’s Far Side pops into my head: Two crocodiles are lying next to each other, with a pith helmet and a safari between them. Suddenly I’m painfully aware just how soft and pink I am. A lone elephant is feeding nearby. We tiptoe closer. After a while he seems to tire of us, his new entourage. He swings around and gives us a haughty look. We freeze and hold our breath. Even the birds have gone quiet. Then he turns around and saunters away, happy that he showed us who is boss in the forest.
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