Snakes are my biggest fear. Therefore it would make sense for my scariest travel experiences to be about a little green snake appearing by my ankles while on the toilet in Tanzania, right? Unfortunately, no.
While I was in South Africa with the Wildlife Act, there were plenty of animals that made me feel uncomfortable and worried. However, there were 2 times on the trip where my heart was in my throat and I feel as if I should mention both of these, as they were terrifying for me.
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Scariest Travel Experience No. 1
If you have ever seen a buffalo in real life, you would understand how they are on my scariest experiences list. When you come across a herd of buffalo in the dark, they suddenly become devil animals!
All of their scars are highlighted and their helmet looks like a big pitchfork. Just seeing these animals is enough to make me shiver.
I did more then just see them though. Both of my experiences happened on the same night (how unfortunate) and between the times of 12am and 3am. We had an emergency lion call up (lions were darted and transported, its typically done at night as it is safer and more comfortable for them) so we had to drive pretty damn fast to get to where we needed to be, so we could introduce these lions.
We were driving safely, but also not stopping for our usual sites since we were in a rush, however, before we could comprehend, we were in the middle of a herd of buffalo.
As said previously, buffalo are super scary in the dark, but they’re petrifying when they come charging at the side of the vehicle!
We were moving, and the buffalo didn’t even touch the car, but watching this big bull of an ox swish its head and run is enough to make a big man have goose bumps.
Scariest Travel Experience No. 2
I suppose this scary experience makes a little more sense compared to the buffalo one. Lions are predators; they’re huge and smelly and scary.
Due to the situation that I was in, I cannot divulge all that happened at the lion call up, but I can say that being so close to those lions had me shaking. I was on the other side of the fence, and I even made it to door duty (which, looking back on, I can’t for the life of me figure out why I volunteered).
While on door duty, it was my job to allow the vehicles in and out of the area quickly, and to ensure there were no lions near the door while I did this. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Wrong! The fence was amplified to be 9 amps, which meant nothing to me until I accidentally touched it and I was buzzing for the rest of the day.
The electric shock went from my high (where I touched the electricity) to my hands (which were holding the metal fence) and I honestly had never felt more awake then I did in that moment. Knowing that there were lions on the other side of the fence while I recover from a major electric shock, was terrifying – and probably one of the reasons why I went to bed shaking that night!