Mayenzere is a beautiful place. The river is about a 30 min walk away and where most of the kids go after school. My host brother and I walk there almost everyday. Whether it be t wash clothes, take a bath or just enjoy the water the river is an essential part of my life and the life of those in my village. One of the best parts about the river though is the wildlife that utilizes it as well. That would list would mostly include elephants. Elephants come to the river everyday. They use it for the same reason many of the people in the village use it, to wash and drink. The first time I saw a group of elephants washing themselves in the river I yelled to my host brother, “Kandjimi! There are elephants everywhere!” In which he responded, “Yep they come here everyday just like we do”. I stood in awe of these beautiful creatures. Many of the people in my village are scared of the elephants because of a few attacks that have happened in the past, but I see them as friendly creatures. Many of them are refugees from Angola where poaching is happening at alarming rates.
In Namibia it is illegal and the local law enforcement watches over the elephants as best they can. I have had the opportunity to get fairly close to the elephants, within 15 ft or so and they never gave me any indication of harming me. This is just one of the many amazing things that I have had the opportunity to experience in Africa that I will never forget as long as I live.