Another 6:00am start this time to the East end of the Park. Totally different vegetation,mainly tropical and dense jungle. Not so many animals here...loads of birds and butterflies with hog deer, wild boar & baboons. No chance of a rhino, elephant or tiger, but the wildlife & scenery is memorable.
Our elephant ride starts at 3:00pm & we have chosen the Central section with a good chance of seeing the Indian 1 horned rhino. We were certainly not disappointed. Trying to take photos from the back of a moving elephant is certainly entertaining, so most of the shots are on video. and all up we came across 3 rhinos, herds of hog deer, swamp deer, wild boar and countless birds and a solitary old wild buffalo.
Our 'mahout' (elephant driver) realized that we were interested in getting photos & video, so he kept us away from the tourist horde.
2 of the baby elephants tagged along with the group, obviously in-training. Only 2 minutes earlier, I had spent 5 minutes giving one of them a back massage and scratch.
Just watching the mahouts getting the elephants ready for the riders and the way they command them is a wonderful experience of the relationship between mahouts and elephant.
All too soon it was dark and our experience ended.