Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
109Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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We had an elephant safari at dawn and at dusk, had walks through the jungle in the morning and bathed the elephants in the afternoon. The elephants were incredible, they could go absolutely anywhere, through rivers and up seemingly vertical muddy river banks, through thick vegetation, and all in almost complete silence.
Our driver led us at one point deep into thick vegetation following the tracks of a sloth bear. We had been told they were the fiercest animal in the park, and the one we found reared up on its back legs and snarled at the elephant as we approached, despite being a quarter of the elephant's size. The elephant leapt back in surprise, but the driver had complete control over it and kept edging us closer, while the bear kept starting towards us and snarling.
We also saw rhino and some wonderful birds; kingfishers, bee-eaters, a serpent-crested eagle which flew about 5 feet in front of us, and something called a paradise flycatcher which was a white bird with a tail about 3 times the length of its body which seemed to wiggle as it flew, so it looked more like a swimming tadpole than a bird.