MOUNT VERNON — Sightseeing deep in the African bush may sound like a relaxing, peaceful experience for many. And it can be ... until the elephants get angry. A recent African wildlife safari turned into a few scary moments recently for local residents Randy and Becky Cronk while they were venturing through the Okavango Delta near Maun, Botswana. Randy is a psychology professor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and Becky is an English teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School.
The Cronks embarked on a 52-day vacation on June 7 which took them to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, traveling more than 5,000 miles on the “African Encounter.”
“It’s a total African emersion,” said Randy about their recent adventure. “It’s cultural, it’s landscape, it’s wildlife ... you can get to see a sunset with an Acacia tree, which can’t be seen anywhere else.” Although much of their trip was an absolutely fabulous experience, one day will stick out in their minds as being not such of a fond memory. It was on a three-day, two-night wilderness camp experience in the Okavango Delta where four groups broke off and fanned out on different trails.
Randy and Becky’s small group was escorted by local guide Alfred, who has guided tours for 15 years. After the group was fortunate enough to have viewed crocodiles, warthogs, termite mounds and colorful birds, Alfred directed the group on a slow and hushed pace after a single elephant was spotted about 70 yards away through the bush.
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