Namibia Explored – Elephants of Etosha

Meet the Team
Meet the Team | Etosha | 2017

One of the very highlights of our three-week journey through Namibia came at the very end, with the visit to Etosha National Park. Doing Safari in the African bush is always an exhilarating experience, seeing the wildlife up close and in their natural habitat. We’ve travelled to many national parks in Southern Africa over the years, and they all have their own beauty. What makes Etosha special is the abundance of elephants, appearing in big groups, which we never saw before. For some elephant impressions continue after the jump….

The Boss
The Boss | Etosha | 2017
Elephant Abundance
Elephant Abundance | Etosha | 2017

Sitting in our car at the Oliphantsfontein waterhole we could observe a group of about 80  elephants, some directly at the water, some distributed in smaller groups in the bush around. It was really a majestic sight, as they took turns drinking, babies playing between the legs of their big mothers, juveniles locking their trunks and trying to find out who is the bravest or strongest.

Drinking Elephants
Drinking Elephants | Etosha | 2017
Fighting Youngsters
Fighting Youngsters | Etosha | 2017
Brothers | Etosha | 2017
Tired | Etosha | 2017

Etosha elephants are little attractive to ivory poachers, as due to the lack of calcium in their nutrition in this very dry area around the Etosha salt pan their tusks don’t grow to a very large size as with their peers in other parks in South Africa or Kenya.

Angry | Etosha | 2017

Being close to Elephants is no problem, as long as you stay in your car. And as long as the car is not in the way of the grey giants. But you need to be watchful, if they approach you flapping their ears and trumpeting, you better quickly get out of their way.

Mother and Sons
Hiding | Etosha | 2017
Generations | Etosha | 2017

All photos were taken with my Olympus PEN-F with the mZuiko 12-40mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the mZuiko 40-150mm F/2.8 Pro Zoom.

Stay tuned for a bit more of Etosha wildlife!

Have a great weekend!


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  1. Hi, I have read some of your blog posts and I absolutely love them. You’re so lucky to have been to Etosha, I can’t wait to get there myself. I am currently a safari guide in South Africa and am trying to share my experiences with everyone. It would be greatly appreciated if you have a look at my blog and let me know what you think. Many thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Sam, thank you so much for your visit and your kind words, this is so much appreciated! How lucky are you to be a Safari Guide in South Africa? My wife and I lived in Johannesburg in the nineties and absolutely loved it, it started our passion to frequently visit Africa. Sure I will head over for your blog and follow! Marcus

  2. Some incredible photos of the enchanting animals. South African safari is such an experience, I long to go back for sights like these!

  3. Thanks for the warning! I would interpret the flapping ears as waving and the trumpeting as let’s be friends (triple heart emojis) hahaha!

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