Encounters with elephants are always a treasured experience. These beautiful animals are not just impressive to the eye, but it is remarkable to witness their intelligence as well as the camaraderie and communication between individuals.
There are an abundance of elephant found within the Singita reserves due to the large rivers running through the concessions and plenty of surface water to sustain them throughout the year. Elephants hold a special place in any nature lover’s heart; their majestic size, temperament and endearing traits separate them from many other species.
An elephant herd is an incredibly close-knit family, with members not only taking care of their offspring but also working as a unit to ensure the success of the next generation. A female and her daughter may maintain a bond for up to fifty years and a youngster will stick to its mother’s side for up to six years after being weaned. Without a doubt they are the most versatile herbivores with a varied diet which they may alter or change depending on the season.
One can spend hours watching them as they constantly keep one entertained with their daily activities, spending the majority of their time feeding, having to sustain their massive frames. No encounter with these animals is ever the same and often they are full of surprises. They all possess different personalities and will react to human presence either in a relaxed manner or sometimes with a more intimidating approach.
Keep up with James Suter as he treks through the pristine wilderness of Singita’s game reserves across Africa.