By Kristiana Hall

Stopping for a refreshing drink on a summer’s afternoon, these magnificent elephants have a friendly tussle and end up with their trunks intertwined.

Taken at a watering hole in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa, the elephants became quite playful and in one image they look like they could actually be kissing.

Heather Nel / Caters News

Heather Nel, the photographer responsible for the images, said: “A herd of elephants were at the watering hole for a much needed drink on a hot summer afternoon.

“It was wonderful to sit quietly in my vehicle and watch them interact.”

Heather Nel / Caters News

Heather, who is a Senior Director of Planning at Nelson Mandela University has been an avid amateur photographer for about seven years and loves to capture beautiful landscapes and wildlife.

She said: “I enjoy immersing myself in the tranquillity of the outdoors and photography is an outlet for me to unwind.

Heather Nel / Caters News

“Addo Elephant Park is located about 45 minutes from where I live in Port Elizabeth and I managed to capture this image just as their trunks intertwined.”