Ranger Pete Thorpe and I were following tracks of a pair of lions in the eastern part of Londolozi; a beautiful area which has two beautiful view points overlooking the Sand River.
While standing scanning the river from one of the lookouts we heard elephants trumpeting frantically further downstream.
Immediately we looked at each other as the thought crossed our minds that they might be trumpeting at the very lions we were tracking.
Walking in the direction of the noise for another minute or so, we caught sight of the herd but had no sign of any lions.
We slowly made our down the embankment to get a closer look. As we got to the bottom, 29 elephants had lined up to drink from the Sand River.
We sat in concealment behind a bush, watching this incredible scene in front of us.
We watched for another 10 minutes, when another herd came trumpeting down to join the first.
The sense of euphoria that came over me was overwhelming…
See for yourself, and imagine being crouched behind a bush while this was happening in front of you…:
The elephants never knew we were there, and after they had all drunk their fill, simply melted away into the riparian undergrowth…