We arrived at this dry riverbed at just the right time to see this small herd of elephants. The rains were late and had not arrived in the Serengeti yet. After a few minutes, it became apparent why they were here. In the photo below you will notice a small hole in the sand about the width of their foot. Inside there is water.
We assume that the elephants have dug this hole themselves into the dry riverbed. The Serengeti can be a tough place to live in and animals must be innovative to survive. The adults will pass these skills onto the young calves.
Elephants have a wonderful group dynamic. They work collectively for the survival of the herd. As large as they are they are amazing coordinated and use their feet and trunks to perform tasks that you would think they would be incapable of. However, if you are a young calf, drinking all that water can be exhausting and sometimes you just need to get off your feet.
Fortunately, we were able to spend about 20 minutes with this herd before they had all drank from the water hole and began moving on. This group of seven consisted of 2 calves, juveniles (male and female) and adults. We never get tired of seeing and photographing elephants.
2 thoughts on “Elephants (2018): Serengeti National Park, Tanzania”
Oh wow! You got to see elephants in Serengeti. I wasn’t so fortunate during my trip. And looking at your photos it seems that you were in a position to be close to where they were. How lucky you must have felt spending time with this elephant herd! Hopefully, the next time I visit Serengeti I’d be as lucky as you too.
Yes, I hope you see them the next time you go. They are magnificent!