Close Encounters of the Truncated Kind!

Elephants at the waterhole in Namibia

Gentle Giants.

Elephants are intelligent gentle giants. With a real sense of family. We occasionally are lucky enough to have exhilarating close-up encounters, with these magnificent creatures.

Matriarchal herd at Chudop Water Hole, Eastern Etosha National Park, Namibia
Matriarchal herd at Chudop Water Hole, Eastern Etosha National Park, Namibia

Namibia and Botswana

Both Namibia and Botswana have good numbers of elephant in the wild. They can be seen relatively easily in the national parks, and even where you least expect them.

Namibia's desert adapted Elephant
Namibia’s desert adapted Elephant
Desert elephant sign north west Namibia
Desert elephant sign north west Namibia

Desert elephants

Namibia has its specially adapted desert elephants. Neighboring Botswana has large herds that roam free in the north of the country.

The Etosha National Park elephants are thought to be the largest in Africa. They have very small tusks due to mineral deficiencies. With poaching again on the increase maybe they are the lucky ones?

Nebrowni waterhole, near Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park, Namibia

Swimming Elephants

The elephants in northern Chobe swim daily across the river from the National Park to the floodplains of Namibia opposite. I sat on a small houseboat once and counted over a thousand elephants in just one hour. We sat quietly wedged against the bank, while they hoisted themselves out of the river. Some were just too close to photograph!

Elephant crossing the Chobe River to Namibia
Elephant crossing the Chobe River to Namibia
Chobe River Elephant - eyeball to toe nail!
Chobe River Elephant – eyeball to toe nail!

Close Encounters

One of my favorite encounters was en route to Namutoni in eastern Etosha National Park. These normal Elephants are intelligent and gentle. But this huge bull elephant galumphed out of the bush, and walked straight towards us down the road.

Elephant Road block Etosha style - en route to Namutoni
Road block Etosha style – en route to Namutoni

We had a trailer in tow, and there was no time to manoeuvre out of his way. So we pulled over to the side as far as we could go, so he could walk on by.

Elephant Close encounter, quiet and still everyone!
Close encounter, quiet and still everyone!

Our roof was up and my guests were perfectly quiet and still. He was so close we could have all touched him. As he passed and he gave us a low, resonating rumble just to let us know he was there.

It was a moment in time that will stay with us all for ever. My very talented guest Graham captured the moment perfectly in this hand painted thank you card.

It sits on my desk and reminds me daily that I do truly have the world’s best job, Kathryn.

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