Wild Elephant Encounter at Kruger National Park


This is a small section from one of two wild elephant encounters that we had close to the Lower Sabie Rest Camp in Kruger National Park. The vegetation is very lush in late Summer, and we stopped when a huge Bull Elephant crossed the road a bit higher up. Only after stopping did we notice another part of the herd having a dust bath a bit closer to our right. I had a GoPro mounted on the Windscreen, and recorded the elephant sighting from this point on. At this stage more vehicles stopped behind us and as we couldn’t really go anywhere, it was best to stay put and hope for the best. The calves and young adolescent elephants took a great interest in the vehicle, and walked directly towards us and even mock charged to show us that we were on their turf. I kept the audio track to keep the video authentic, and it serves at a reminder that these rare encounters with wild animals can be both thrilling and a little scary at the same time. I only took a few photos, as it seemed more appropriate to be alert and monitor the situation.

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Namib Desert Milky Way

Namib Desert Milky Way
The Milky Way from the Namib, the oldest Desert on Earth.

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Dead Vlei Landscape

Dead Vlei Landscape by Martin_Heigan
Dead Vlei Landscape, a photo by Martin_Heigan on Flickr.

Petrified Camel Thorn Trees (Acacia erioloba) in the Salt pan at Dead Vlei (Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia).


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Dead Vlei Camel Thorn Trees

Petrified Camel Thorn Trees (Acacia erioloba) in the Salt pan at Dead Vlei (Sossusvlei, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia).


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Sossusvlei Landscape

Sossusvlei Landscape by Martin_Heigan
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The view from our Tented Camp at Sossusvlei, Namibia.


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