Getting Horny with Rhinos...What?

Trip Start Jul 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

After our morning frolicking with the elephants in the river, Matt (a fellow traveler) and I decided to ride on into the jungle to see if we could spot some rhinos. All around the villages of Chitwan, you see raised platforms about 10-12 feet high that look like diving platforms with out the diving board or pool. These are the mounting platform for elephant rides. It's a sign of their commonality that locals barely look up when an elephant ridden by people wander by.

Riding an elephant is not comfortable. Imagine four large men all sitting on top of a little card table with their backs to each other. Now strap that card table to an elephant. Have it roll back and forth every second or two, and drive a wooden guardrail into your crotch just for kicks. This is riding an elephant. However, once your back ache recedes to a dull pain, and your testicles go numb, you can't beat the view.

The advantage of riding an elephant on safari is that animals seem to care less that you are there. Now, if I saw a big fat guy walking through my neighbourhood with say, five monkeys hanging off his head taking pictures, I'd notice something was amiss. But then again, my mother always said I was a smart boy, and apparently rhinos are not.

Either way, it let us get within a few metres of six rhinos over the course of about an hour and a half of wandering. After only seeing one in my entire time in Africa, I was excited to see six within such a short time, including one baby. Incredible creatures, they look like they have plate mail on until you see the skin move, not unlike the thick skin of an elephant. Afterwards we plodded back to the docking station in town and finished our trip. It was a day of elephants, being violently thrown into rivers, and rhinos, in other words, it was a good day.
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