I gave a frantic halt and backup signal. It was too late!
Makali yelled, “Look out, Bwana.”
The bush exploded. He yelled again, whistled, and waved his arms. I later realized he was risking himself to save me. The crazed rhino was on me in 3 seconds. There was no time to react. My horse spun to its’ left just as the rhino rammed us with his horn. The power of the impact knocked us to the ground.
The rhino’s horn had hit my right leg just below my knee. My foot was in the stirrup, so my leg and the saddle had saved the horse from injury. As we hit the ground, somehow I had held onto my rifle. Expecting the rhino to come for me again, I managed to stand and prepared to shoot. Bryce had been thrown from his horse but was ok and standing to my left. Rhino, confused with all the commotion, turned and lunged toward Makali. He was standing only 10 yards away, in the open, no way to escape. In the blink of an eye, I fired twice and Bryce fired at least once. The massive black rhino dropped five yards from Malkali. I fell to my knees. My right leg was broken and I had blood streaming from a cut above my right eye. I didn’t even realize the rhino had knocked me into a thorn bush. I had several large 2″ thorns in my left arm and a nice gash above my eye. I didn’t feel any pain for about 5 minutes. Makali was fine, and thank God no one else got hurt. Stan and Alan somehow stayed on their horses.
Makali ran over to me.
“Oh Bwana, oh Bwana, you ok?” he was crying,
“Yes, Sharp Eyes. Thank you for protecting me. Asante, my dear Makali.” I felt the need to embrace my friend and tried to stand. Bryce held me down.
“Just stay put, Cowboy. Let’s check you out first.” Bryce said.
“Thank you too, Bwana Bryce,” said Makali.
“No worries, Makali,” added Bryce. “Besides, where would we find another tracker at this late hour?” he smiled.