We crept out along the camouflaged board walk out onto the edge of the lake. We were less than a 100 feet from the springs. Wart hogs were rooting around on their knees, several different varieties of birds. We had already seen giraffes, wildebeests, impalas, mongooses, zebras and hippos as we drove through the roughs of the Pilantisberg game preserve. Now as we made our way with the Davies out to the shrouded viewing platform we were focused on the rhinos across the bay. It was mid-day and we didn't expect the treat we were about to get. Then, from to our delight and surprise the family of elephants emerged from the bush and made their way toward us. Actually they were making there way to the Elephants Beauty Pallor - the springs and mud wallow. Here's what we watched for over half an hour while they got a real mud treatment.
Here are a few shots of the other residents of Pilantsberg.