Elephant @ Sunset

Yesterday evening we had a beautiful Elephant sighting at sunset. This young bull was posing close to the vehicle for a iPhone picture! The herd was all around grazing and browsing peacefully.

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Muscles!

An Elephant’s trunk contains approx 40,000 muscles. The whole human body has 639. It is any incredible flexible tool, used like a syringe to transfer water into the mouth, used to tear off grass with its prehensile lips, used to break off branches from trees, used to throw dust and mud on the Elephant’s body, …

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Warning!

This little Thanda Safari Elephant girl executed a perfect warning attack towards our vehicle and was quite upset when we did not react with the expected respectful retreat. Her mum just watched in – what looked like – parental amusement 😊

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A Thanda Safari waterhole drama in four acts!

Act 1

A herd of Cape Buffalo arrives at a waterhole and the mud-bathing Elephants get so alarmed that they run from the water protecting their young.

Act 2

The Elephants realize that the new arrivals are no real threat but are rather small ‘cow-like’ things. So some of them return to the water and chase the Buffalo around.

Act 3

While the Elephants and Buffalo run around a group of Nyala, a family of Warthogs and many different birds arrive to get their share of the water.

Act 4

Only two Elephant bulls remain to suck the pipe which supplies fresh water to the waterhole. Everything has calmed down and all the different species share the place!

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Elephants in front of Thanda House

A few hours ago I saw three Elephant bulls approaching the waterhole in front of my home. I drove down to them to take some picture of their mud-bath. Only a few meters away they ‘tusked’ more mud up to throw it onto themselves. I love watching Elephants!

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Sanding …

Sanding while walking, with a bit of attitude! This morning on Thanda Safari …

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Just after sunset …

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LITTLE CUTIE …

… one of Thanda Safari’s youngest Elephants.

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WATER AND TUSKS!

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