Crazy close calls (with the animals) can certainly happen while on an African safari, but the guides are so good, that I/we were never afraid and welcomed the "closeness" no matter what the proximity was to the beautiful beasts! Many guides are from the large African tribes that "grew up" with all the animals, and know and respect them more than we can imagine. They know threatening behaviors, and move out of harms way quickly before a look, grunt or a certain body language proves differently. Botswana guides carry no firearms or other weapons, and in the seven days we were in the bush, they were never ever needed. I was thankful for that!
BSoleilie! The bright side of wistful longing of the African desert...
Photos of: Our tents and a cute young male elephant across the river (fairly close, really) and Helen Gruneisen and a young male peeking in at us while in the truck in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve; February 13, 2016