We’re halfway up Samara Mara mountain after a predawn game drive in the eponymous Karoo reserve when our driver stops abruptly. There’s an elephant dead ahead, and no room for both of us along the tight road. It’s a stand-off.

We wait — mountain breakfast plans on hold — hoping he’ll wind his way down the side of the mountain rather than head down the road. Some of us are calm, others intrigued; I’m stressed. One of us wants coffee, another wants a photo; I want to turn back...

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