By Jamie Smith
This jumbo mud bath got so messy that an entire elephant became almost invisible.
A young bull was so please to play and cool off in the searing son that he covered himself completely from trunk to toe.
He was having such a good time and rolled around so much that he almost became invisible, with just the whites of his eyes peering out from the sludge.
As the bull carried on enjoying himself at the Kumana Dam in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, a group of puzzled impala watched on.
The pictures were taken by safari company founder Cara Pring from Sydney, Australia.
Cara, 32, said: “Due to the severe drought the dam was proving very popular with lots of elephants, impala, giraffes and baboons coming to drink.
“Unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of water left but that didn’t bother this one young elephant, who was having an awesome time enjoying all the mud.
“Lying down on his side he managed to completely cover himself in mud while some impala watched from the water’s edge.
“After amusing us for a while he finally managed to get himself up, with some difficulty, and headed off with a friend.
“My favourite shot is when he is lying down, completely covered in mud with impala watching in the background.
“He is just so completely covered in mud and he really looks like he’s in heaven.
“I found it amusing as it’s not all that often you see elephants lying down covered in mud. It’s almost as if he’s enjoying his own African spa session.”
Cara is the founder of Ready Set Safari and runs tailor-made tours in southern Africa with her husband.
She spends a lot of time travelling in Africa and claims she has previously been to every spot she organises a safari to.
Cara said: “We try to visit Kruger National Park every year as it’s our favourite place in the world.
“This was actually our third trip for that year. We had even visited a few months earlier as part of our honeymoon after getting married in South Africa.”