I have previously written about my great affection for elephants and how I could watch them for hours. This was strongly felt when, once again, I found myself watching elephants as they gathered on the far side of the riverbank at Fin Foot crossing. We had barely left camp; Fin Foot Crossing is only a few minutes away, when we came across the breeding herd. While we had gone in the hopes of seeing leopards and lions we didn’t realise that the sighting we were about to see would far surpass any of our expectations.
The elephants ranged in ages from an old mother to ‘teens’ and even a baby elephant that was still trying to control its wobbling trunk. What at first seemed to be a large herd moving along the sand bank soon materialised into a circus show with moves that would put even a professional yogi to shame!
Some elephants opted for a dust bath covering themselves in sand while others decided to lie down and get maximum pleasure from rolling around. Once one elephant had spread out on the sand, another one would join in and lie right next to the other. Each elephant looked in a state of complete bliss.
The sheer joy that the elephants were experiencing was obvious to see. While it was clear that they were relieving themselves of any itchiness from the sand and the way they rolled around, there was much more to this.
Being a quiet observer to this show was a real privilege. Needless to say, we hadn’t needed to see anything else that day. Everyone was happy to simply watch.
Written and Photographed by Kate Collins, Londolozi Blog Editor