We got really up close to a huge herd of Elephants. The herd approached us from the front and then walked past us. I am sure that if I really wanted to touch one of them I could have just reached out. It was amazing being surrounded by these beautiful majestic creatures and an experience I will always treasure.
Elephants form deep family bonds and live in tight matriarchal family groups of related females called a herd. The herd is led by the oldest and often largest female in the herd, called a matriarch. Even though the elephant that walked right to us was a female, she was still extremely intimidating.
Herds consist of 8-100 individuals depending on terrain and family size. I did not count how many elephants were in this herd but I am sure it was more than 25.
When a calf is born, it is raised and protected by the whole matriarchal herd. This small calf was safe between two females and they made sure that he did not venture close to us. Males leave the family unit between the ages of 12-15 and may lead solitary lives or live temporarily with other males.
This was definitely one of the top amazing moments I had in the Timbavati.