Elephant Grazing in Deep Water Decides a Boat of Photographers Is Too Close and Charges

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 25, 2023
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When we think about relaxing, whether that is in the comfort of our home or a spa, no one would want to be disturbed. Well, animals are no different! When they want to relax, leave them be.

Elephant Sighting at the Chobe River

The next YouTube video posted at the bottom of this blog post takes us to the Chobe River located in Africa. This video was filmed on a safari, and the Latest Sightings YouTube page reposted it. This channel is dedicated to providing authentic videos from safari tours. They share the description from the tourists below. 

“We were spoilt to visit the beautiful Kasane area in Northern Botswana in celebration of my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday. We were driving on the river, looking out for wildlife, when we came across a bunch of boats circling an elephant wading in the river. We slowed down and shut off the engine so it wouldn’t bother the elephant. The Chobe River was in full flood and the strong current pulled us very close to the elephant. We could hear the elephant plucking, chewing, and breathing. We were cautious but in awe of this magnificent animal in front of us. I barely started recording this when the elephant charged!” 

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Elephant Vs. Tourists

At the start of this video, we see a boat full of photographers. These tourists are all filming this beautiful animal in front of them. This massive elephant is in the river, fully submerged, to cool off likely. What is important and neat to notice is that this elephant is in the middle of this river. We still see a large portion of his back and head sticking out. This means he is standing on this river floor, and we are still able to see him!

Well, this elephant did not like that these tourists were so close, loud, and taking pictures of him. Suddenly, at nine seconds, we see him immediately turn and charge straight for the boat! He wastes no time at all and pushes his trunk up against the side of the boat. As the tourists turn their boats away, we hear the sound of this elephant grunting in displeasure. 

How Tall is the African Elephant?

Big tusker elephant that wonders across african savanna plains of the Kruger NP



can run up to 25 miles per hour.

©Johann Mader/Shutterstock.com

The African elephant is easily listed as the largest land animal for the sheer fact it outweighs any animals that roam the land. According to The Nature Conservancy on the African Bush Elephant, they share they can reach as tall as 13 feet tall!

So, it is of no surprise that this elephant could be standing in the Chobe River in Africa and still be tall enough for us to see a good portion of this elephant.

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © iStock.com/fotografie-kuhlmann

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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