African Desert Elephants

African Desert Elephants Roaming the Namibian Desert

African Desert Elephants, like the name, says 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 and was able to get the proper distance between the African Desert Elephants and myself.

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. Living in the desert, nearly said in the empty desert, but this would be very wrong. The desert has it’s 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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  3. Anette Mossbacher says:

    +Tom Tran but they have been big Tom!! :)) Yes, the trees there are huge, no wonder, the roots need to dig deep for water! Thanks for stopping by Tom :))

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