The team heads into the highlands of Dahlstrom, and spot thunderclouds building, which is good news because we have heard that Kruger National Park is struggling to feed its wildlife after a massive drought. They drop over the edge of the escarpment, down to the lowlands where the Kruger lies, and the see that the escarpment is the northernmost tip of the 300 km range of the mighty Drakensberg mountains, which run along the Eastern side of South Africa. Beginning it’s journey, from the Drakensberg mountains down to the sea, we see the beginning of the Oliphants river, which we are later on going to be doing some research on. Up against the escarpment, the vegetation is dense, as well as much agriculture, which makes use of the Oliphants river though irrigation, on miles and miles of mango trees. It’s monoculture at it’s best.
We see a huge Baobab tree, more scarce down here in the lowveld. This one is surrounded by a wall to prevent the animals from eating its bark. They encounter an elephant which is a bit of a scary experience, which turns out ok. They are told that elephants for very complex creatures as well as very emotional, and so it turns out that the elephant was actually checking on them. The elephant they encountered was a male and part of a bachelor herd. So in the elephant kingdom, if you are born a female you are part of the herd for life, which will be your breeding herd, which is a matriarchal system, and are all related to one another, so it will be sisters and mothers.
Eve explains the body language of elephants and how to know when an elephant is being inquisitive and when it’s being aggressive, and what to do when it is aggressive… Enjoy the rest of the video