Harriet Smith Photography


"For The Love of Africa"

AFRICAN SAFARIS - Trips Of A Lifetime


Country: Botswana                                            
Location: Okavango Delta               
Reserve: Moremi Game Reserve 
Camp: Mombo  


This is a picture of two juvenile elephants playing by trying to wrap up the other's trunk with their own, with an adult and tiny baby in the background. The herd, standing here in the shade, has just been to the water and mud, as the dried mud is clearly visible on the adult and damp mud remains on the juveniles.    Very dry grasses, a hazy tree line along with hazy sky complete the picture.

All elephants display great dexterity with the trunk, although it takes baby elephants a number of years to become truly expert in their use. The trunk is an essential tool for elephant's social behavior and virtually all close elephant interaction involves using the trunk. They use their trunks to touch, stroke, explore, caress and embrace. A mother will wrap her trunk protectively around her baby, close family members and friends will put the tips of their trunks in each other's mouths.

This picture was taken in the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa.  It is the largest inland delta system in the world, an area of about 6000 square miles making a mosaic of grasslands, floodplains, palm-tree islets, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels combine to form a perfectly constructed puzzle, in which animals wander as they please.  What makes this area most remarkable is that it is a wetland paradise located deep within the arid Kalahari Desert. The Okavango is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis. The water of the Okavango literally floats on a saturated sea of sand.

The heart of the Okavango is the Moremi Game Reserve. Mombo Camp - renowned for having what is arguably the best big game viewing in Botswana - lies in the Moremi Reserve on the northern tip of Chief's Island, the largest landmass in the Okavango Delta.

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