It was an afternoon game drive and my River Lodge guests and I were on the search for the last of the Big 5. The only one they had not yet seen was elephants. With a baby Elephant weighing as much as 100kg and adults about four to six tons, It is usually assumed that due to their massive size, these animals are easy to find. I mean how does one not notice a six-ton, three-metre-tall animal in the bush?
On this particular drive, my guests quickly realised that finding Elephants was not as easy as it seemed. Elephants can travel tens of kilometres in a day with the utmost of ease, leaving a trail of large circular tracks, dung balls and broken trees as they do so.
After tracking the Elephants for quite some time, my tracker Phanuel and I realized we needed to find these animals fast as the sun was almost setting. Elephants are diurnal creatures, meaning they are active during the day, for this reason, we do not view them after dark. For both their safety and ours. Luckily, we found fresh dung, so now the search was on.
Around a bend, like a dust storm, the entire herd of Elephants emerged out of the bushes.