You did get to hunt an Elephant. You just didn't get to shoot one.
That adrenaline rush pretty well says it all.
Where the heck are the pictures man!?
Why do I feel like I just got setup?
Looking forward to seeing a big kudu!
At lunch I made the suggestion that I would be willing to hang around camp for the remainder of the afternoon if the trackers were still needed. At our normal 2PM departure time there was not a tracker in site. I acknowledged my content one more time to my host and spent the afternoon watching the activity around the waterhole in camp. It turned out to be a great afternoon filled with kudu rutting activity and a large troop of banded mongoose enjoying the lawn. It was quite a show.
I read your report with much reflection on my mind. I was almost sick when we left Limpopo because I had missed a chance on a very nice Kudu, and that I missed a shot on a nice Eland. Not knowing if we would ever return, had me in a consternation. I have since realized in the last few weeks that the animals that I took, that meant the most to me were the ones that we simply happened upon, and had to stalk diligently to harvest. I enjoyed the planned hunts for planned animals, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed letting the hunt unfold as it would. Your words are wise ones, adn I hope those who read your report take note. Let the hunt come to you. It will increase your enjoyment immensely! Thanks for the report! Excellent trophies as well!!My policy of letting the bush dictate the animals I take payed off in spades. I took two of my best trophies and neither of which were even on my radar when I arrived. Sure it’s possible the distractions may have taken away some measure of possible success on my quest for a giant kudu but I would not change a thing.