Elephant Encounters: South Africa
My heart stops for a few seconds while he drives the jeep off road and straight into the endless African bush. It’s past 6 pm and we've only just arrived at our African cabins when our safari guide beckoned us into the jeep, as the daylight faded black silhouettes of trees against deep yellow and orange skies made us loose track of time. And it didn't matter because in a matter of minutes we'd be surrounded by a herd of elephants and eventually we'd find the veritable king of the jungle.
An elephant never forgets, and neither will I.
After a days journey, we arrived at our bungalows in the middle of the African brush. Within minutes of our arrival we boarded our open-air jeeps and we were whisked away deep into the jungle where we were presented with a scene we won’t soon forget. What started with a sighting of just a couple of grazing African elephants soon turned into an endless parade of 40 plus, mommas and babies, all passing through and surrounding our vehicle. It was a breathtaking start to our African safari!
Wild elephants live in families called herds – made up of female elephants.
The only males in these herds are the young calves.
The leader of the herd is usually the oldest female, known as the Matriarch of the herd