The African Elephant pictures in the gallery below shows elephants in their normal daily routine in the wild from eating to drinking, resting, swimming and mating!Click here to go directly to our Southern African Elephant pictures Gallery...
Elephants are naturally gregarious animals that form family groups and sometimes huge herds of a hundred or more.
It is great to be able to view them in their natural habitat and an even greater privilege to photograph in their natural state.
The pictures of elephants that you will see below were all taken in the Kruger National park and in the Pilanesberg National park, both great safari destinations.
|Look at the size of those tusks! They can grow up to 3 meters long. Photographed in the Kruger Park.|
|Family with a baby elephant getting ready to take a mud bath.|
|The baby is in the mud hole but struggles to keep on its feet!|
|This youngster thinks it's great fun playing in the mud.
Typical, kids always want to get dirty!
|Quietly moving through the bush...|
|...stripping off leafy branches to graze on...|
|...and moving on to the next tree.
Elephants will cover great distances foraging in the bush for food which typically consists of leaves, bark and even branches of trees.
|Caught in the act using his trunk to reach over the top of this reservoir in the Kruger to drink water.
|A herd approaching Makorwane dam in the Pilanesberg National Park.
We were sitting in the bird hide when we saw this herd coming along.
|They were obviously thirsty as it was late morning and went straight to the water...
|...and started drinking. We were in for a treat.|
|More elephants arriving...|
|...and spreading out along the bank to get to the water.|
|They walked into the shallows while drinking...|
|...and before long they all entered the water.
The young ones followed suit.
Swimming and splashing in the water. They were really having a ball of a time.
|After slacking their thirst and having a good swim and bath they moved back onto the bank...|
|...making room for the next group to swim.|
|Some of them simply lay down in the water and relaxed.
They were clearly enjoying the water so much...
...that it lead to other activities.
The water helps to support their weight while mating.
|A close up photo taken from the same hide at Makorwane.|
There were several young ones in this group under the protective guidance of their mothers.
|More youngsters of different ages having a drink.|
|Another close up photograph.
I suspect this guy was involved in a skirmish with another elephant at some time or the other.
You can see the old wound at the top of its ear.
|Resting in the shade from the midday heat.|
|Elephants like amble along the roads as it is open and easy going for them.
Always remember to give them the right of way and to keep your distance.
They can be aggressive and there are cases where they have overturned cars that came to close.
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