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Got all artsy in today's elephant photo but I love the old school Africa feel.
And to give you an insight on one of our encounters with the elephants, I'll leave a description penned by a fellow friend of mine from the trip, Sofie Leemans.
And if you want to learn more about our guide, Google "Alan McSmith elephants". Trust me, it'll blow your mind.
"My first week in Africa, was a special one. We went to the Greater Kruger area. Next to beautiful camps and stunning views and nature, we had some amazing experiences.
One of them was a moment during our last sundowner while on a game drive. After watching the sun set with a Savanna in my hand (I still love those 😉), I saw some elephants close by and our guide, Alan, told us we could get a little closer if we wanted to. Of course we did.
We went closer and at a certain moment he told us to simply sit down. That was special on its own, because of the falling darkness. It was almost full moon, so still light enough to see, but it's a very different feeling to sit in the bush during the day or at night as we did now.
We sat there for quite a while in complete silence and one elephant came closer and closer, while feasting on the bushes around. There were a few other elephants around as well.
Suddenly the closest elephant saw us and you could tell he was a bit confused, not sure what to do. His curiosity won though and he kept staring at us and even came a little closer.
I can't even put in words how it felt to have such a majestic animal and gentle giant walk up to you in the moonlight while you're sitting on the ground.
There was no real fear. You could tell the elephant wasn't aggressive in any way. Just curious and a bit confused about what he just found in the bush. Not very common... The moment he made himself big and looked down on us and we looked up to him, seemed to last a long time.
After a while and movement or sound from one of us, he backed up a little. His friends had come closer and they walked away from us together now as if they were supporting him in his confusion.
It was a true magical encounter that showed me once more the beauty of nature and elephants in particular. We are part