A distinct advantage of visiting the Addo Elephant National Park is that one can enjoy close encounters with the elephants there. Of course one has to be careful and remain vigilant: they are wild animals after all. Here are four examples of the fascination I find in seeing elephants up close. The first shows a fine set of tusks on an elephant next to the road:

The plant on the right hand side of his trunk is Spekboom (Portulacaria afra), a favourite food of the elephants.

This elephant had just emerged from a mud bath when it walked across the road:

Elephants frequently either have mud baths or splash mud over themselves to protect their skin from insect bites.

Of course it is essential to drink water regularly – even the tiniest trunks get to master this important task:

These elephants were at the Hapoor Waterhole – a favourite meeting place for elephants in the national park.

Lastly, elephants eating:

41 thoughts on “ELEPHANTS UP CLOSE

  1. Ek het dit nou baie geniet, Anne. Het altyd gewonder hoekom maak hulle hulself so vuil in die modder… dat hulle velle dan mos sal juk. Nou weet ek. Interressant dat die insekte sulke taai velle ook takel.


  2. splendid! 🐘



    • Elephants have to be carefully managed as they do tend to decimate the vegetation around waterholes: in this particular national park, some waterholes are shut off (i.e. no water supplied) for a while to allow the vegetation to recover and forcing the elephants to move towards others.


  3. Elephants are wonderful creatures. Such a pity they are poached. Soon there will only be photos like your wonderful pictures, and videos to show they ever existed.


    • It is interesting to note that during our last three visits over the past two months, the elephants have been giving Hapoor a wide berth – there is water there still but very little vegetation – to congregate around Woodlands.

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      • That is very interesting, Anne. I remember times when it seemed the entire population of Addo’s elephants were congregating at Hapoor. I suppose that is exactly why the veld around that waterhole is now so denuded.

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