We had many great experiences and one of the highlights was watching two bull elephants “measure tusks” on the banks of the Letaba River.
It was a late afternoon on one of those crystal clear autumn days that only Africa can produce, and the show was spectacular, especially the shadows of the two “fighters” on the sand.
The outcome was fairly predictable as the two elephant were of different sizes. The anticipation was in how long it would take for the younger bull to get the message that he really shouldn't be hanging out so close to an older bull in musth......
|first, the young bull came down to drink|
|followed a few minutes later by the bull in musth|
|they both drank and then the first of several face offs ensued|
|the shadows they created were fascinating........|
This fight broke off, but more "tusk measuring" encounters followed until the younger bull at last beat a tactical retreat up the river bank.....
This post is dedicated to Simon and Diana with whom I shared this great experience.
Thanks for making this safari possible and celebrating with me my first five years guiding in this awesome part of Africa.