Camping With Elephants

Advice from a motive force/guide of an overland safari truck have to be heeded. We met him in a campground in Maun, Botswana. His organization were off on a three day camping experience to the Okavango Delta. He stated we might ought to pay near attention to instructions or we would likely leave out it.

The campsite is located 53 kms. North of Nata, on the Nata-Kasane avenue A33. The signal is small, but it is the best signal for miles. Once you depart the highway it is a 2 km. Sand path right into a bush camp with an office, café/bar, campground, several small chalets and a swimming pool. The campground has no fences, assigned spaces, or offerings, so you truly park. The showers and bathrooms are unisex and open air. Water for the showers is heated by means of” hot water donkeys”, a wood hearth underneath a large water tank.

We had been touring in our VW Kombi and needed to preserve the food in our refrigerator cool, so the office gave us a few ice. The minimal electricity is furnished by means of generators run at particular instances.

Once settled, we walked to the café for a chilly drink. There is a watering hole in the front of the café, and to our pride 3 elephants were having a drink and a bathtub. It became charming with a view to watch them at such close variety. Soon greater arrived and we spent the complete day watching the by no means-ending action. Late within the afternoon several younger bulls have been drinking and play combating. They walked towards the café and to our amazement walked as much as the pool and started out to drink. Ben, the owner, explained the water within the waterhole has a excessive salt content, so that they just like the pool water higher. One of the initiatives here is presenting drinkable water for the animals of the location. At this factor we are sitting no extra than fifteen feet away from four very big, wild, elephants.

Elephants appearance big at any distance, however they look virtually big whilst they are so near.

Size topics in case you are an elephant. The larger you’re, the greater you could push others around. We usually felt so sorry for the infants – anybody pushed them around! Mothers would push them out into the waterhole, then push them over for a bathtub. Fat little legs, trunks and ears anywhere as they struggled to get again on their ft.

We spent the following couple of days watching non forestall elephant action. It turned into commonplace to have up to 35 elephants at the watering hollow at one time. One nighttime we witnessed elephant sex up close. A lady knelt down, a bull hooked up her, and it was throughout in a be counted of seconds. Talk about “Kiss and Tell”, that bull trumpeted for the following two hours!