This does go a bit off-topic...... but I had an encounter with 2 elephants in Victoria Falls, in the village on Zimbabwean side. I was riding back to my guesthouse after dark, and first I saw one elephant by the side of the road, eating everything it could reach from the other side of the tall fences of the houses. People were furious, they said there are 2 of them, and they keep coming there every night, and theres nothing they can do to stop them wiping out their gardens. They tried to make loud sounds with cooking equipment, etc., but those animals weight up to 5 tons, so they are not scared.
The one that I´d seen first, was now blocking the road up to the place where I stayed, so (not remembering they said there were 2 of them) I got a brilliant idea to take a "shortcut" through some bushes as I remembered there was a footpath... luckily some local shouted "hey, where the hell you going" as I just realised Im in this totally dark bush-trail, and VERY close, probably some 3-4 meters from the second elephant - which was now getting seemingly angry because I´d come too close with my KLR. I can tell you theyre not to be messed around, when they start to shake their ears and make those short bursts of sound, telling you to take several steps back QUICKLY! I really needed some new underpants after that, even managed to drop the bike into the bottom of a ditch while I tried to make a superquick U-turn... never had such huge powers to just dig it back up from there in a matter of seconds!! Luckily I got away, but if it had attacked me, anything could´ve happened.
Vic Falls is a magic place... I´d strongly recommend to anyone whos travelling in southern Africa, the one place thats more than worth all the hype! But being there at the right time, when the Zambezi´s waters are high, is also important.