Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Elephant behaviour River Bend Lodge

On Monday the Elephants were around River Bend Lodge for most of the day. Normally they graze peacefully around the open plains in the daytime and move off peacefully into the bush in the evening. Monday was different.....there was a sense of agitation and restlessness among a part of the herd. As the sun was setting they made a lot of noise....trumpeting and moving around, creating lots of dust.

At around midday on Tuesday we were able to have a guess as to what the commotion was all about....we spotted a VERY small newborn calf!!! We were unable to get a photograph as it was being shielded tightly within the family group. The Elephants once again spent the day around the Lodge....this time in a manner to which we are more accustomed, quietly and peacefully!

Observing directions!

Siya Cakwebe (Barman / Waiter) and Queeny Hobongwana (Housekeeping) get a close up encounter!

Young male of the bulls relocated from the Kruger National Park

Steve.....close up!

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