A hungry elephant has been filmed casually walking into the reception of a hotel in Zambia to reach its favourite fruit tree.
The incredible sight was filmed by Ian Salisbury, 68, a safari guide at Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
The elephant wanders through the hotel, taking the time to stop and look at a receptionist at the front desk, before continuing on its way.
The elephant was heading for a Wild Mango (Cordyla africana) tree in the lodge grounds.
Shortcut: A hungry elephant has been filmed casually walking into the lobby of a hotel in Zambia to reach its favourite fruit tree
Elephant in the room: The elephant wandered through the reception of Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia in search of a specific wild mango tree
Safari guide Ian Salisbury, 68, filmed the incredible footage and said it was a ‘unique wildlife experience’
Despite an abundance of mango trees in the area, elephants often make the trip through the hotel in the period of October to December in search of one specific tree on the property.
Three generations of a single family of elephants make the yearly trip.
Ian said: ‘Even though there are many of these trees in the area to choose from, some elephants have, for many years, laid claim to this particular lodge tree.
‘Although there are a number of routes to reach the fruiting tree, there is one particular pathway that is favourite- up the entrance steps and straight through the enclosed, reception area of the building, with hardly a care for the lodge’s human inhabitants.
Three generations of a single family of elephants make the yearly trip in search of the mango tree
The hotel is used to the yearly visits from elephants between October and December who instinctively return to the same fruit tree. Pictured: The elephant wanders over to the reception desk and looks at the receptionist
‘The elephants obviously remember from year to year that certain trees provide abundant food at certain times.
‘Even though I have been watching elephants for forty years, and have seen just about every aspect of their behaviour, I still find the fact, that they will willingly come into such close contact with us, to be quite remarkable.
‘I think anyone who spends time around elephants appreciates their intelligence and almost human characteristics.
‘I tend to believe that this particular behaviour, of happily entering the lodge, reinforces the rather unique relationship that exists between elephants and people, especially those that they trust us not to harm them.
‘This unusual behaviour is something that all our guests want to witness and photograph.’
The wandering elephant even had time to have a look behind the reception desk and have a nose around with its trunk
Eventually the lure of the mango tree becomes too great and the elephant continues on it way