Cape Town - Typically shy, peaceful and observant by nature - it is not often that elephants come this close to humans...
A visitor at the nThambo Tree Camp, in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, realised she was part of something very special when a herd of small breeding elephants came to enjoy some pool time at the camp.
Carolynne Higgins - the camp visitors behind the camera - described the experience saying she feels as if “the spirit of Africa” has taken up permanent residence in her soul.
The camp, located in the Greater Kruger, is open for wildlife to roam freely and the resident elephants simply love the pool water.
Higgins and fellow travellers were enjoying their own South African lunch as the elephants appeared and decided to have a drink.
While the little ones cooled down, the bull came to join the fun.
“Here we both were, insignificant humans and gentle jumbos satisfying our basic needs - so different, yet so similar” – said Higgins, who also captured the video.
All the commotion caught the attention of another herd of elephants who too tried their hand at getting a free drink.
Temperatures in Klaserie have reached over 37 degrees Celsius in the past weeks. Although summer in the area brings rain, until now it has been very dry – meaning herds need to look further for water.
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