On our way to the salt lick we passed this herd of elephant. It was mostly obscured in the brush and there were a lot of cars and safari trucks clogging things up so we didn't pay much attention. We did notice some young elephants. On to the salt lick.
As we headed back down the road to the watering hole we saw the herd slowly making its way parallel to the road but about 50m into the trees. Again, we noticed some young ones and hoped that they would make their way to the watering hole.
After our visit at the watering we headed back on our way out of the park. We didn't make it far before we saw the herd turn and head our way to the watering hole. We were the only car on the scene so we pulled over and waited as nearly 30 elephant walked by!
Then the youngest showed up at the end. I would guess that there were 5 different developmental stages there: newborn, infant, adolescent, young adult, and adult. It was fascinating to see the adolescents corralling the youngest ones and keeping them close to the adults. Elephant are incredibly nurturing and have strong family units. This was such an unexpected treat for us.
As the youngest showed up we could see one of them nursing - not an easy feet with a meter long nose! Then the smallest elephant showed up and teetered along with its mother. Sometimes laying down beneath mom and always looking like it didn't have a care in the world other than having fun. This was certainly a major highlight, if not the highlight of our trip. But who can pick from so many amazing sights?