THE EVENING POST – CROSSING THE ROAD

Let’s make this Elephant week with my fourth Ellie post.

Today this bull calmly crossed the road right in front of me. I love to be close to these impressive creatures. As he approached I backed up a bit and made space for him to cross without changing his direction. He gave me a ‘smell’ with his trunk and a good look before he crossed.

Have a good weekend!

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THE EVENING POST – JUST TOO CUTE

This picture was just too cute. I had to post it even if we are having a bit of an Elephant week 🐘

The picture was taken with my iPhone at the Thanda Safari Lodge.

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THE MORNING POST – ASKARIS

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Askaris are a group of young Elephants found in the company of an old bull. As Bheki and I drove back in my SUV from Villa iZulu to Base Camp we encountered these Askaris crossing the road.

I had to back up a little to make space for the old bull coming from the side. It might sound and look threatening but these young bulls were busy with one another and had no interest in us and the old gentlemen just passed by without even looking our way. You can see that his arrival alone calms down the young bulls immediately.

Observe the low-rumble communication. A perfect Elephant encounter 🐘

PS: The mystery bird from yesterday’s evening post was a male Golden Breasted Bunting 🐦

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THE EVENING POST – LARGE TUSKS AND A SMALL TRUNK

One of Thanda Safari’s breeding herd of Elephants had a morning drink at the Safari Lodge. This is a short video of the smallest calf with its tiny trunk and the largest bull with his impressive tusks.

Enjoy your evening 😊

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THE EVENING POST – ALMOST LIVE

I was quickly checking one of our waterholes just before sunset and I was taking a video of a Giraffe drinking when I heard very soft steps behind my vehicle.

As I turned around a breeding herd of Elephants rushed past me and reached the water as the sun had disappeared under the horizon. This is a short video of the Ellies taken a few minutes ago.

Enjoy your evening 😊

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THE MORNING POST – ACROSS THE VALLEY II

Another picture of an animal across a valley. This is one of my favorite scenery with Elephant shots. I love the colors.

Have a good weekend!

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THE EVENING POST – STEADY

It is amazing what quality pictures and videos modern smart phones can produce. I often use a holding frame on a clamp mount on my vehicle to get steady videos. I love this little video ‘Elephant and Goose’ which I recorded this weekend.

Good night 😊

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THE EVENING POST – WITH GUESTS AGAIN

After three month of lockdown Thanda Safari Tracker Siboniso and I took four guests on game drive this afternoon! And what a drive it was. It started with a crash of Rhino, an Elephant drinking at sunset, a Spider catching a Grasshopper and ended with a brief sighting of a male Leopard.

We had a great time even if I had to talk to my guests through a face mask. 😷 It is great to be back on the job!

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THE EVENING POST – A LOVELY ERROR

If you think this effect was accomplished by using photo editing software then you are wrong. When I took this shot I faced the sun above the Elephant which created the rainbow 🌈 effect through my lens. I thought I share this lovely ‘bad picture’ anyway.

Have a good evening!

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THE EVENING POST – NOISY BREAKFAST

The highlight of today’s game drive was the sighting of a breeding herd of Elephants. These normally quiet giants are very noisy eaters when they choose to take down whole trees for breakfast 😊

In case you are on Instagram you can watch my live video from this morning

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Thanda Safari Narrator: Christian Sperka

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