A Termite’s-Eye-View of Elephants at Victoria Falls

Ten years ago, Charles Brightman, a professional safari guide from Victoria Falls, came up with the idea of constructing a unique hide right on the edge of the famous waterhole in front of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe. 

Siduli Hide was designed to look like a termite mound, and after completion allowed onlookers to conceal themselves and wait for wildlife from the adjacent Zambezi National Park to come to the water’s edge, just several feet from the hide.

In early March, photographer Claire Wright had a number of opportunities to photograph elephants from the low vantage of the hide, as the animals came down to the waterhole to drink in the late afternoon dust. Here are some of the best photos:

Elephants moving down to Suduli Hide to drink, with the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in the background. Photo by Claire Wright
An elephant basking in the afternoon light. Photo by Claire Wright
Close up shot of an elephant’s eye from Siduli Hide. Photo by Claire Wright

“Being so close––literally at ground level––yet so safe in the company of a Professional guide, with your camera at the same height as an elephant’s feet, is breathtaking.”

Straight on. Photo by Claire Wright
An elephant bull enjoying a midday session at the waterhole. Photo by Claire Wright
Photo by Claire Wright

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  1. wisisani nshKazhogwe
    Gaborone Botswana
    May 4, 2015, 4:26 am

    Wonderful GUIs kep it up expect more from us as clients

  2. Subhash
    Sittingbourne, UK
    May 2, 2015, 10:51 am

    I am from Moshi Tanzania have great love for Elephants, draw them they adorn my garden fence

  3. Judith Adams
    May 1, 2015, 4:56 pm

    amazing experience to be so close while elephants are free to roam, very special photos

  4. Marianne Dewey
    United Kingdom
    May 1, 2015, 1:16 pm

    I suspect the elephants can smell humans and maybe even catch glimpses of humans in this hidey-hole but don’t feel under threat. Love the pictures.

  5. Christiane Busch
    May 1, 2015, 9:28 am

    I just love elephants. Great pics!

  6. Michael Blevins
    United States
    May 1, 2015, 8:58 am

    Being so close, I am surprised they can’t smell you.

  7. Dorothy
    LaPlace, Louisiana USA
    May 1, 2015, 7:27 am

    One of the most majestic animals on earth. We have to stop the ivory trade or else the only ones we see in the future will be at the Zoo.

  8. licia
    bergamo ITALIA
    May 1, 2015, 7:15 am

    Grazie per queste eccezionali foto gli elefanti sono i miei animali

  9. Sanat Kumar Kar
    West Bengal India
    April 30, 2015, 11:11 am

    great view of great animal…thanks to the photographer for the pains taken to present these pictures.