DIFFICULT START

From time to time a game drive can have a difficult start if one of Thanda’s Elephant villa decides to have a snack in the driveway to the Lodge. But our guests enjoyed observing this gentle giant for a quite a while.

๐Ÿ“ท Picture by Christian Sperka

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MONDAY GREETINGS …

… from a young male Elephant using a branch broken off a tree ๐Ÿ˜Š

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WHAT A NOSE

An Elephant’s trunk contains over 40,000 muscles. A human body contains a mere 639 muscles!

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AFTERNOON SUN

It is a pure pleasure to watch a herd of Elephants in the late afternoon sun. The Thanda Safari guests enjoyed this encounter with the some of our gentle giants very much.

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PLAYFUL

Little Elephants are very playful, especially around water ๐Ÿ˜Š Have a good weekend!

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MUNCHING SOUNDS

Yesterday afternoon we were looking for Elephants and found them busy munching fresh green grass in a broken dam basin. I recommend that you watch this video twice. Once with your eyes open and once with your eyes closed (to experience the sounds properly).

We stayed for a long time to observe them converting a ‘long grass field’ quietly into a nicely cut ‘sports field’ ๐Ÿ˜Š

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COOLING SYSTEM

The most important function of the huge Elephants’ ears is that of a cooling system. Pumping large amounts of blood through the ear’s many blood vessels, while waving the ears back and forth, helps these large creatures to stay cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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ON THE MOVE

These young bulls were on the move after a refreshing mud bath. The walked by my vehicle in perfect iPhone photography distance ๐Ÿ˜Š

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