African Desert Elephants Roaming the Namibian Desert
African Desert Elephants, like the name, say they live in the desert. Currently only found in Namibia and Mali. These elephants adapted very well to their habitat, the desert. On my trip through Namibia, traveling alone in a jeep with a roof tent, I came across a few times these beautiful magic African Desert Elephants. They seemed a bit grumpy towards cars.
Once I was glad that I was able to get out of the deep sand in a dry river bed when a herd saw me. The elephants turned out a tad grumpy! Oh well, a few of the Desert elephants started their usual ear flapping and trumpeting. They were trying to threaten me. When I saw the herd getting more nervous, then it was time for me to get in a safer place.
deep sand in dry river beds
In the deep sand of dry river beds in Namibia, you cannot just speed up like on a tar road. My jeep was more or less going as fast as it was possible, and the Elephants came closer and closer. Their feet and are wider than the usual African Elephant feet. They needed it to get better through the deep sand. And they were fast!! I was glad when I found an escape from the sandy river bed. That was able to get the proper distance between the African Desert Elephants and me.
African Desert Elephant is trying to break off a branch to eat.
the environment of an African desert elephant
The African desert elephants are crossing the Hoanib river bed. Their natural world, their environment they share with ostriches, Springboks and the elegant giraffes, and many more. Living in the desert, nearly said in the empty desert, but this would be very wrong. The desert has its very own beauty when you walk with open eyes. The heatwaves, you can see in the picture. The air “glimmering” like crazy, hot and hotter, where is my bottle of water? Phew was that hot, but again planning a trip to see these magnificent Elephants roaming through this rough country.
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