Joy is…….(No.4)

An elephant crossing in the Serengeti!

This is my first attempt at videography, so do please pardon the quality and the editing.

MyΒ awe (and nervousness!) is clear to see.

Happy Tuesday!

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

80 thoughts on “Joy is…….(No.4)

  1. JOY!!! Not only for you, but for me too πŸ™‚ Is that your voice, Madhu? πŸ™‚ Seriously wonderful first video work – not that I have done any to qualify as a judge πŸ˜€

  2. oh Madhu, what an incredible experience! those little ones were adorable, and yet they were so seriously keeping up with the adults. what a great capture. thanks for sharing.

  3. What a fabulous sight Madhu and well done on your steady hand, how exciting to so many of those gorgeous creatures simple pass by like that.

  4. You did indeed “convey your excitement”—it is thrilling to watch, Madhu. πŸ™‚

  5. I’m on a road trip with my old I pad and can’t get the video until I get home. From the above comments it sounds like it was impressive to see.

    1. It was an impressive sight Lynne. I sure hope the video managed to convey some of our excitemnet. Look forward to reading about your road trip😊

  6. What silently discplined animals…..the babies mingling with their siblings, mothers, aunts, with the Head of the Family protectively bringing up the rearguard…….! Loved watching your videography Madhu………Atta Gal!

  7. Hi Madhu just came across your corner.
    You are so lucky to have seen these majestic animals in wild. I absolutely wish I could do a safari some time. Thanks for sharing the video. =)

    1. I sure was Helene. I hope you get to do a safari soon. Thank you for watching and taking the time to comment😊

    1. haha, that is funny. translation from German into English = Four elephants are looking for their aunts. The German equivalents of ‘aunts’ and ‘elephants’ rhyme πŸ™‚

      1. Ha ha – yeah I’ve changed it so it reflects my author name for both blogs now that my freelance writing work is up and running πŸ™‚

  8. Wow Madhu! So much beauty and they are such magnificent animals! Loved the video hon! So clear and beautiful!

    The little babies are so adorable! The one near the end of the video looked just like Simba when he wants to move up a step. Slowly but surely. πŸ˜†

    Thanks for sharing these special moments. Loved it! πŸ˜€ β™₯

    1. That doddering little fellow was so adorable πŸ˜€ Thank YOU Sonel. Have a great day!

    1. Ian, the video seems just fine on my laptop, but my phone threw up the same message! Not sure what the issue is. Shall try resetting my You Tube settings. Thanks for bringing it to my notice.

      1. Your other online friends seem to have viewed it. I’ll give it another try. Got it this time. What beautiful creatures they are.

  9. Great job. That would be amazing, to see them that close. Especially when that big one stopped and looked at you…pretty nerve-wracking but exciting too. πŸ™‚

  10. When that big guy turned your way, my heart was beating much faster. Unnerving. You had a steady eye and a steady hand on the camera. Good work, Madhu. πŸ˜‰

    1. Mine too Judy. That was actually one of the matriarchs warning us not to try anything stupid πŸ™‚ I was surprised by how relaxed they were otherwise despite having so many straggling calves.

  11. Wow that was amazing Madhu, thank you so much for sharing. Couldn’t believe how large the last elephant was. Must have been incredible to see in person.

    1. Thank you Mary. That bull elephant was massive. I believe they stray from bachelor herds and attach themselves to family groups such as this in search of prospective mates.

  12. Elephants are always a joyful proposition, Madhu. You were so close! Well done for capturing them so beautifully πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Jo. I realised, too late, that I had neglected to align the horizon in my excitement. Lesson learned πŸ™‚

      1. Well Madhu!!!! But do not be so tough with yourself!!! You were just in the middle of one of the most beautiful sights…I agree…It is beautiful!!!!

  13. What a sight to behold, Madhu! It was so intense when one of the adults looked at your direction!

    1. Yes Bama, I had my heart in my mouth, but our guide wasn’t unduly worried. I was surprised by how relaxed the elephants seemed and unworried about the straggling babies. Indian elephants seem a lot more aggressive, and go to great lengths to hide their calves between them during such crossings. Makes me wonder if they have more, and unpleasant, run ins with humans around our parks as compared to their African cousins.

      1. Do you think African elephants are more accustomed to having humans around, in general? I remember seeing a wild elephant crossing a major highway in Sri Lanka, and that was already an amazing sight for me. πŸ™‚ Let alone the ones in Africa.

        1. I know what you mean Bama. I remember gushing over our elephant sightings in Nagarhole last April. This was something else! πŸ™‚

          I think African elephants, and all other African wildlife in national parks for that matter, are habituated to the land rovers used for safari, and perceive them as harmless ‘animals’ that do not pose a threat. Once out of the vehicle however, one instantly becomes an interloper and possible prey/threat. I was reading about how a cheetah’s stance changed dramatically when someone foolishly put his leg out to pick up a memory card he had dropped!

    1. Thank you, I am glad you did Isadora. It isn’t the greatest quality, but I was hoping to convey some of our excitement.

  14. Oh! I love elephants – there is something about them. What about that enormous bull elephant at the back keeping them safe…

    1. Me too Sara. Isn’t that bull handsome? They are usually solitary. This one might have had more selfish motives to follow this herd! πŸ™‚

  15. Ah, that is very cool… The excitement of see such animals so close, and you’re just part of the scene.

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