Umkumbe Safari Lodge : Understanding Our Emotional Grey Giants

With their deeply etched tusks, leathery hairless skin, paintbrush bristle eyelashes, muddy appearance, ears that flap like flags in the wind and soft feet resembling comfortable slippers; the African elephant has become one of the most sought after animals to spot while on safari. Their soulful eyes hide a sensitive, intelligent and curious nature, which is…

Celebrating Elephants at Africa on Foot

They are the world’s largest land mammals, they are descendants of mammoths, they are the rightful owners of ivory. Elephants have captured the hearts of animal-lovers around the world. They have, unfortunately, been the spectacle of many a circus throughout history, and they have come back from the brink of extinction. These incredible creatures have been…

Elephants from above in the Sabi Sand

The Sand River flows and dries up with the change in seasons in South Africa’s Kruger Lowveld. As the summer heat creeps in, the epic thunderstorms roll in on through great, purple clouds, and the rains nourish the land after a long, dry winter, and rivers such as the Sand fill up and bring life…

Elephants digging for water at Ezulwini

It is well known that elephants are some of the most intelligent members of the wild population of African inhabitants. Emotional beings with a mysterious reputation for good memory, elephants have been known to carve out age old migration routes that lead to reliable sources of water, and to remember where herd members have laid…

Elephants on the ‘Elephants River’

The Olifants River translated from Afrikaans, means Elephants River. It is the Kruger National Park’s water courses, and flows through the South African province of Mpumalanga, through the famous Drakensberg Mountains, and into Mozambique where it enters the Indian Ocean at a village called Xai-Xai. Ezulwini River Lodge is in the prestigious position of having…

Video of Elephant Bull Drinking from the nThambo Pool

A large elephant bull with impressive tusks, in the height of musth, was seen sauntering through the Africa on Foot and nThambo Tree Camp. Both camps are open which means animals are able to roam freely throughout. This leaves an air of adventure and unpredictability to your average, run-of-the-mill safari. What happened yesterday was quite…