27 May 2014

The march of the elephants

I never tire of the experience of meeting the elephants along the road at Addo. When you are sitting in your car and these giants of the bush come ambling past you, so close you could reach out and touch them, it is a humbling experience. And once they are gone you slowly let out your breath and then chuckle as you realise that you were holding your breath while they were passing.

This young cow was ambling by with real attitude and a proper swagger

This family group was heading for a nearby water hole and we sat quietly and watched, with the engine turned off as they ambled by. We did not feel threatened and neither did they, as they were coming into our space and then, all too soon it was over as they disappeared into the bush behind us.  

I just love the way this young bull is stirring up the dust, with his breath, through his trunk.

Whatever you do never take an elephant for granted or provoke them. If they display any of the warning signs, give them space - you are after all in their territory.

1 comment:

Jonker Fourie said...

I can't get enough of Addo either