This story is from a trip to Namibia a few years ago.
We had a guide and went down a particular waterway to look at elephants. And it was amazing as we saw a lot and were able to sit and watch them. But lunch time came. So we went away, and down a different waterway with no elephant tracks.
However, as our guide was setting out things from the back of the track. A small group of male elephants came out of the trees. The first one actually kicked our bedroll a very far distance. But we all scrambled back into the vehicle. Our guide was a little panicked. There was a small group of elephants and they were walking and eating around us.
My wife Angela was a little excited. But I watched a few minutes and than read a book. I also did not close my window. So when the elephants were bored and about to leave the granddad came up to me and breathed me in.
I was told by locals this was an honour – that since I was not panicked or excited the Elephant wanted to remember me so they do that by smell. It was quite surprising and very cool what happened.
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