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Callum Gowar

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Growing up in Cape Town, the opposite end of South Africa from its main wildlife areas, didn't slow Callum down when embarking on his ranger training at Londolozi at the start of 2015. He had slowly begun moving north-east through the country anyway, ...

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on Swimming With Elephants

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Mike D
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With the mass persecution of elephants around Africa its great to see elephants with their guard down and enjoying land which they live on. Let’s hope future generations will be around to enjoy moments like this in their habitat in the absence of being tracked and hunted by poachers.

Sharon Blackburn
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Wonderful story and photos. And the video – just have to smile watching it! The idea of possible evolution from an aquatic ancestor is fascinating! Great post, Callum!

elizabeth Molony
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Your blogs bring Joy to a world of worries.
I love the elephant dong a headstand! Children at heart.
Your brilliant photographers.

Judy Guffey
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Absolute magic, Callum. A great start to my day!

Lea
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Great pics Callum and loved the video of the ellies having so much fun in the water. You can almost imagine their delight in submersing themselves and cooling off. Love ellies and the babies are such characters with their mock charges and antics. Thanks for this article, simply love it.

Eva Weeks
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What a treat it was to see this! I certainly won’t ever forget this sighting!

Sandra Wilson
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That was another exciting day with you! Thanks for the memories! The Wilson and Weeks families.

Judy B.
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What a beautiful sight! A whole different view of elephants! Thanks for sharing.

Jill Larone
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Great video, Callum! Thank you so much for sharing it and the fantastic pictures! It made me smile to see the Elephants so happy and having so much fun in the water. It broke my heart to see them suffering so badly throughout the drought, so it’s great to see them doing so well again.

Francis Daisy janssen
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Wow thank you the. Best I have seen in a very long time thebare so great

Wow that is the. Best I have seen in a long time ,they are so great full for all the rain thank you Francis

Bob & Lucie Fjeldstad
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We understand that the drought may have been somewhat relieved but for those of us who only remember the dry Sand River riverbeds, can you post some pictures from the camp decks to show how much water is in the river?

James Tyrrell
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Sure thing Bob and Lucie; the river came down very strongly last night thanks to heavy rains upstream. There is a video out on our instagram feed at the moment of it but we will do a more comprehensive blog soon.

Jenifer Westphal
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Great photos! Looking forward to meeting you and seeing Freddie again on Tuesday!!

Kathryn Weeks
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Thanks for some amazing memories at Londolozi, and this is one of the ones that is still so fresh and clear in my mind. It was a real treat to experience this with you, Callum.

Wendy Hawkins
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This is stunning story, pictures & video! I have just returned from Addo where they haven’t had rain for over a year so there are no deep dams or rivers for them to do this, so I Thank God for this Blessing that has been given to KNP & Londi! Thank you Callum 🙂

Ann Gerbin
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Just when I was having a bad day at work, I click on the blog and see my beautiful elephants, playing in the water! Thank you so much for the post. You made this girl’s day in a far away land!

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