Whilst on a mobile camping safari in Botswana. I had an interesting encounter with an elephant in my bathroom! Well, strictly speaking only a part of him was in my bathroom. But it certainly was a close encounter I’ll never forget when the elephant drank my bucket shower.
Returning from our trip
We had returned from our afternoon game drive a little later than usual. Having lingered over sun-downers at a particularly beautiful waterhole. So it was already dark when we arrived back at camp.
Gin & Tonic
Our ever-efficient camp crew had already poured us a G&T and filled our bucket showers with piping hot water. We had just enough time to get the dust out of our hair before dinner was served.
The African bush can be very dark at times and even with solar lightnings and a head torch. It took me a few minutes to organise myself. Before I was unzipping the rear door of the tent. Then I was stepping into my “en-suite” armed with a towel, shampoo, shower gel and other such girly stuff.
Just as I was about to turn the shower on a huge trunk snaked over the screen wall and an elephant drank all my shower water in one slurp. I don’t know who was more surprised – me with my very large unexpected guest or him with a trunk full of boiling water!
A loud trumpet was followed by him crashing his way down to the river for what I can only assume was a cooling drink and I soon followed his example by retiring to the camp fire for a cold beer.
Lived to tell the tale
With African “bush hair” and dusty feet I laughed about my encounter with my fellow guests and once again reflected on how Africa is a perfect antidote to modern living.
My shower could wait another day when elephant drank my bucket shower.
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