Also on the helicopter flight, sponsored by South Africa's Peace Parks Foundation, was an excited Dr Markus Hofmeyr, head of Kruger's veterinary wildlife services.
believes that the elephants are signalling each other that it is safe to return to their old stomping grounds in the Mozambican area now that the war is over and it no longer serves as a hunting place or as a "bush meat" abattoir for guerrilla fighters.
Most found openings in the high-security fence at river crossings, but Hofmeyr
says one bull trundled for many kilometres along the fence until he
was able to round it where it meets the Limpopo River border in the far north.
Other game, notably giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, impala and kudu, have joined the elephants in crossing from Kruger
through gaps in the fence, mostly at river crossings.
From the helicopter, fair numbers were spotted moving about in the unspoilt and beautiful Mozambican terrain of high-cliffed river gorges, valleys and rolling hills.
says they, too, have probably been taking their cue from game translocated over the past two years by truck from Kruger
into a 30,000 hectare enclosure in the Mozambican part to get them used to living on that side of the security fence.