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Friday, September 28, 2012

An Elephant march at Samburu

When I first entered the dry and bleak landscape of Samburu, I hardly expected to see any elephants here. Little did I know that this national reserve packs one of the highest concentrations of the African Elephant in Kenya.

The Elephant trail at Samburu
And true to the park’s elephant status, I got to see huge herds of African Elephants quite regularly during my various game drives. But, it was one of those encounters that I really found interesting. The setting goes like this…It was late evening, say about 30 minutes to go before the park closes and I am standing at the intersection of 2 jeep tracks. I am supposed to head in the left direction, while I see a line of elephants coming on the jeep track from the track on the right side.

An Elephant March at Samburu
While these elephants were making their way over to me, it felt that the elephant were doing some kind of a march past as they were all equidistant from each other and seemed to be pretty synchronized. I watched about 15 elephants do like this before I had to rush to my wildlife lodge as the sun was setting fast.



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