A curious bull elephant visits Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp.
The wildlife of Liwonde National Park are getting used to Robin Pope Safaris’ Kuthengo Camp. Many herds of waterbuck and pods of hippos have been frequenting the area, especially at night. Excitingly, the elephants have made their rounds back through the camp.
One elephant bull has become especially inquisitive. The camp staff have named him Horton, from the wonderful Dr Seuss story Horton Hears a Who, and he has come into Kuthengo Camp numerous times to munch on the many surrounding fever trees.
On one day, some of the camp staff were walking about the camp overseeing the general maintenance, when suddenly Horton appeared in front of them. Standing 10 metres away, he didn’t seem fazed by their presence and stayed in camp for several hours before moving on to take a drink at the water’s edge.
Grabbing the opportunity by the horns (tusks?), the staff jumped into the boat and followed Horton as he waded into the river, watching him eat at the small fever trees that grow from the bank and slurp up water. The sun setting behind Horton was the perfect backdrop to such a special moment enjoyed by staff at Kuthengo Camp.
The camp is situated on a bend along the Shire River, with the tents facing downstream and tucked between ancient baobab trees and fever trees. The tents overlook an open grass patch which stretches to the riverbank, allowing guests to watch the hippos grazing nearby and the large herds of elephants using one of their favoured crossing points of the river just in front of camp. Often only the tips of their trunks are visible as they swim across the river.