How Male Elephants Bond

Male elephants have a reputation as loners.  But studies in Africa have found different results: that male elephants have been observed to have a best friend and that younger males seek out older males to learn social behaviors from them. Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell’s, “How Male Elephants Bond,” Smithsonian Magazine, November 2010 is an excellent journey into what she calls the “boys’ club” of male elephants.

Featured Lodge: Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp

Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is situated on the shores of Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, with sweeping views to-ward the Rift. Across this seasonal soda lake, the Alipi escarpment wall rises 2,000 feet up into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area providing a stunning backdrop. The camp is beautifully set in a Llala palm and acacia forest and is part of 200-acre family-owned farm with a natural spring nearby which feeds into the lake.  Each of the seven tents is built on a permanent wooden platform with palm-thatched roof, a hand-carved bed, and an enclosed bathroom and shower.  The tents are carefully created to be low-impact, spacious, and comfortable, with a stunning view of the lake.

Small groups of Hadzabe Bushmen live around Lake Eyasi. Their language resembles the click languages of other Bushmen further south in the Kalahari.  The Hadzabe live entirely off the bush and from bow hunting, generally small antelopes and baboons; although in rainy seasons gazelles and antelopes come down from the Ngorongoro or Serengeti to their lush bush lands offering them richer pickings.

Cultural visits with the Hadzabe can be arranged that allow visitors to see their simple bush homes where a tree canopy or a cave provides them with shelter.  Additionally, clients can participate in a hunting or gathering walk with the tribe.

Featured Guide: Mohammed Magesa

Mohammed Magesa, also known as “Modi,” was born on July 13, 1974 in Moshi, Tanzania located at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. He is of the Jita tribe – a tribe found around the Lake Victoria region. Jita are well known for being good fishermen and mostly earn a living through fishing and farming. He is married and blessed with two children.

Mohammed was raised by his grandparents in Mombasa, which is located in the Coastal Region of Kenya. He developed his interest in tourism by visiting Marine Reserves and Historical Sites. After finishing his high school education in Mombasa, he moved to Nairobi, where he obtained a Diploma in Tourism and Tour Guiding at Inter-global Training Institute from 1997 to 1999.

He has vast experience and knowledge in wildlife, insects, flowers, and birds. In 2002, he was actively appointed as a Guide in various fields including canoeing, night game drives, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and cultural tour/activities. He was then employed as an Environmental Officer with Serena Hotels.

In 2005 he attended various short courses in the Serengeti on “How to Encounter Dangerous Animals.” He is also trained as a Peer Educator/Counselor – a course he completed in 2001. Modi is fluent in English, Kiswahili, and basic Spanish.