I first visited Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve ten years ago and I remember being moved to tears when I saw my first wild elephant move slowly out from behind a tree.
I returned to the Mara last month and this time was able to share its breathtaking wonders with my husband Moth who had never been to East Africa before.
We came across this mighty 46-strong herd of elephants, who calmly allowed us to watch them at close range for some time.
They made deep rumbling noises to keep in touch with each other as they grazed the lush valley. (Check out the colour of the sky – that approaching storm later became flash floods!) The only other sound was the click of camera shutters from visitors observing the herd. Here are Jo, Kurt, Cait and Andy enjoying the spectacle: