My first chance to see elephants in the wild was in Botswana at the Chobe National Park in July,2006. Chobe is known for its amazing concentration of wild elephants which is supposed to be the highest in the world. These images were taken either in or close to the Chobe River.
Mother & Child
My second interaction with wild elephants was during my 2007 visit to Madikwe Game Preserve in South Africa. These images were taken when two local elephants wandered out of the bush & join us at lunch for a "drink". I am more than happy that I did not have to pay their bar tab! The lodge's pool is a frequent stop for these elephants who have learned it is a reliable and clean water source.
Enjoying a Drink
A final note on the last images. Watching this elephant, I learned that elephants, like people, are either "right tusked" or "left tusked". As such, wild elephants will rest their trunk on the preferred trunk and will also use that side for a greater degree of their daily tasks. This partially explains why most elephants have one tusk that is more worn down than the other. As you might expect, the difference is accentuated with age and greater wear.