By Nelson Groom
A casual swim in a South African hotel pool became a magical memory for tourists when they were paid a visit by an unexpected guest.
They say elephants never forgets, and these travelers will likely also remember when a herd of the majestic beasts took a drink from the pool in the Limpopo province.
The footage, captured by Mhondoro Lodge tour guide Ivan Ueckermann after he spied the herd approaching, shows the elephant taking big gulps and dipping its trunk underwater.
Ivan, 29, said: “I knew this was a great opportunity to witness them in their natural environment.”
“We learn so much about these amazing creatures and their behavior, how they react to one another, which ones dominate the pool keeping the others at bay.”
“Just enjoying the sounds they make when they drink the water and communicate, or seeing textures of their skin and super long eyelashes. It was amazing.”
During dry season in South Africa, few natural rivers flow and waterholes are dry, forcing to elephants to resort to alternative measures.
Ivan said the pool contained salt water with no chemicals, so it was perfectly safe for the elephants to drink.
Elephant populations are increasing in South Africa, correlating to an increase in human interaction.
Ivan said: “It’s a salt water pool with no chemicals, so this is completely safe for them.
“They are opportunistic animals and will stop at any water for a drink if within their reach.”
“It was just awesome, to witness are super relaxed with human presence and come and go at their own will.”