A Safari adventure is one thing Getaway‘s Catriona Rowntree believes everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
“The wonderful thing about wildlife is that you never know what is around the corner,” Catriona told nine.com.au as part of her Catriona’s Great Getaways series. You can watch the full interview above.
“It is totally unpredictable and there’s nothing more beautiful than being surprised and awestruck by nature.”
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Speaking on the unpredictable nature of wildlife, the popular host also recalled the moment she feared for her life while in Africa.
Catriona was on a walking Safari tour when she got a little too close for comfort around a “huge elephant”.
“We got that fraction too close… it lunged at us and it started coming for us,” she explained.
But while Catriona was running for her life, something stopped her in her tracks.
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“As I am running for my life from this elephant, my scarf got hooked onto a bush [and] tears away from my neck,” she said.
Now, when an elephant is hot on your tail, you’d usually be willing to ditch the item, right? Not in this case. The scarf, which was gifted to Catriona by her best friend, held too much sentimental value for her to lose.
“I got the scarf, somehow we outran this crazy elephant and we got the hell out of there,” she said proudly.
“And I’m still able to wear that scarf.”
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While it might’ve been scary at the time, it’s now a wild story to tell.
Watch the video above to see the moment Catriona risked her life to save her precious scarf.
Catriona’s Great Getaways is a series released fortnightly on Wednesday on the official Getaway website. Stay tuned for more incredible stories from Getaway’s much-loved presenter.
Getaway airs on Saturdays at 5.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now. Stream the latest Getaway episodes for free on 9Now.