Africa’s giants are an integral part of any safari experience. My guests can hardly contain themselves at the first sign of an elephant…
It could be fresh tracks and dung droppings on the road, the sound of snapping branches in the distance, or huge bodies protruding from within the sticky thorn-thickets. To have an elephant tower over you is a thrilling experience. One cannot possibly explain the string of emotions that floods your body, but what you do know is that your life has changed in some way or another, you’ve just encountered wild and untamed Africa.
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We’re currently experiencing ‘elephant time’ here on the eastern side of the Kruger National Park. It’s the dry season and permanent waterholes and river pools from within the N’wanetsi system are attracting herds of thirsty elephant. The vegetation is not too dense either so this is a great time to view game.
One of the best experiences on safari is watching the baby elephants, constantly busy and getting up to all forms of mischief. It’s usually while the adults are feeding that the little ones seem to get bored and their inquisitive nature takes the lead. Anything deserves a thorough investigation no matter how big or small, especially our Land Rover, which seems to be a magnet for ever-curious baby eles. It’s never too long, however, before they realise that mom is far away, and off they trundle, back through the bush in search of mom.
Photos © Marlon du Toit