Elephants are one of my favourite animals to photograph, especially when they are in a large herd and interacting around a waterhole. I can sit for hours observing how they interact with one another. They are gracious creatures and their family structures are complex, often beyond our understanding.
The Savute Safari Lodge deck is one of my best spots for photographing elephants. With the waterhole and Savute Channel in front of the lodge, the area is a hive of elephant activity, especially in the dry season. I can sit for hours on that deck taking pictures as they make their way down to the waters edge to drink.
I am fortunate to have been to Savute Safari Lodge several times. Below are some of my favourite elephant photos taken from the lodges deck overlooking the Savute Channel.
With the deck facing the setting sun, the opportunities to capture intense sunsets and silhouettes are endless. On one of my visits we spent the afternoon at the lodge instead of going out on a game drive to photograph the sunset from the deck. The elephants continued to come down to the waterhole as the sun disappeared behind the horizon. With the deep red sky and dust in the air from all the movement, the silhouettes were spectacular.
The below image is perhaps one of my favourites. I took this with the camera on a tripod as the sun had gone below the horizon and there wasn’t much light. Standing on the deck we could hear the elephants rumbling as they hung around at the waterhole.