January 28, 2007 GMT
Ghana, African wildlife

We hike through Mole National Park with our guide PK, we quietly tip toe past an elephant to watch a herd of them bath in the waterhole. It's a little suspicious as it lifts it trunk to smell us as we are upwind. After awhile it doesn't seem to be bother & joins the rest of the elephants in the water. Meanwhile, another elephant nicknamed 'Action' is circling us, PK tells us to back off as we are in a slightly vunerable position. 'Action' gets a little closer, so PK throws a few sticks to deter it but again we are told to get further back. The boys then start to throw sticks too but the elephant keeps coming forward and then it starts to charge us...... PK nervously loads his rifle and BANG! The elephant lifts its tail, flaps his ears and runs off.

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up close in Mole National Park


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which one's Dumbo?

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Our first siting of WILD elephants in northern Ghana.

Lucky for our guide, PK the elephant ran far away and we didn't get flattened! We walked back up the hill with jelly legs as it settles in what just happened to then find another elephant leaning against a tree, but don't worry this one's the harmless one nicknamed 'people's friend'


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me, PK (our lifesaving guide), Rob, Leo and Dereck after our elephant charge (the friendly one in the background)


I awake early & decide to walk to spot some elephants from the viewing platform, as I talk to another traveller, 'people's friend sneaks right up behind me! I watch & marvel at this gigantic creature only just metres away eating the leaves from the tree beside us! After his leafy meals, you wouldn't believe it but the elephant wlks over & drinks from the nearby pool, something I didn't expect to see in Africa.

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An elephant nicknamed 'people's friend' sneaks up on me in my pyjamas

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We didn't believe it until we saw it!!!!!!!!

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After an our amazing wildlife experience, sand, surf & coconuts here we come. We are desparate to get to the coast for a change in scenery & atmosphere & that's what we get. We head to Axim, Dixcove for a bit of circle work on the beach & Kakum National Park treetop canopy walk.


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Lake Botsutwi


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Canopy walk


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Mucking around in Lake Volta


The humid heat is starting to soar and its unbearable hot to stop riding and even worse at night with next to no breeze. We head to Wli waterfalls, the highest in West Africa and wow what a sight...surrounded by millions of bats nearby, the water crashes down (and it's the dry season), we then head into our next new country.

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a paddle in Wli waterfalls, the highest in West Africa

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Rob spotting wild elephants!

Posted by Amy Lee at January 28, 2007 11:51 PM GMT
 



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