Elephant herd takes a bath

While out on safari we often enjoy having sundowners at a particular spot at one of the biggest dams in our concession, which we call the peninsula. On this particular visit at the peninsula, we were entertained by an excited herd of elephants enjoying the water.

Due to their size, many people are under the impression that elephants can’t swim, but they are in fact very good swimmers and use their trunks, which contain about 100,000 different muscles, as snorkels when swimming in deeper water. We watched as the elephants quenched their thirst and immersed themselves in the dam to cool off from the African heat. While watching these gentle giants enjoying the water we got to witness the interaction between them. Elephants use touch as one of the primary ways to communicate. In fact, they often greet one another by stroking or locking trunks and older elephants use this type of technique to discipline younger calves in the herd.

Elephant charges vehicle

While out in the bush we use all our senses to help track animals. While scanning the area for any movement we could hear some trumpeting ahead which indicated that elephants were close by. As we turned the corner we were greeted by a herd of elephants which had blocked the road ahead. Approaching slowly we decided to give these elephants some space as we could hear from all the trumpeting prior to our arrival that they were not happy. While admiring these gentle giants from a distance, our tracker Luckson pointed out a tusk-less female elephant to the right of us. From  our past experience with this individual we knew we had to be weary of her. To see what happened next simply click and watch the video below: