Mud, glorious mud!

Some animals use sunblock and insecticide on a regular basis and have done for centuries. Not the wonderfully blended and highly researched chemicals that we rely on – these are just not readily available in the bush and very impractical for big bodies.

Here is the preferred recipe for many who are plagued by pests and suffer from exposure to the heat:

  • One large pool of water (dig into the soil and sand if necessary to create this pool)
  • Muddy soil (clay is the best)


  • Trample in and around the pool until the water is a nice muddy, sloppy texture. If too runny, trample some more until a good slurry is formed.
  • Elephants – spray liberally all over the body, until glistening wet and entirely covered.
  • Other animals – attempt to submerge in the pool if it is deep enough, rolling about is permitted, and in many instances is recommended.
Elephant having a relaxing soak in a mud bath!

Elephant having a relaxing soak in a mud bath! It is quite difficult to see as it is covered in mud.

Some animals just love the total immersion method! And another plus is that the water is lovely and cool.

Elephants at Addo National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Elephants at Addo National Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Note: hogging the whole pool is not an advisable strategy if there are a lot of elephants competing for a mud pack and supplies are limited.

Ailsa has set her challenge this week to ‘minimalist‘ and defined this using Nicholas Burroughs interpretation: “Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.”

So next time you reach for a can of insect repellent and/or sunblock – you may like to consider using the minimal amount of natural alternative instead! 😆



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8 Responses to Mud, glorious mud!

  1. scrapydo says:

    Perfect, shows nature knows what to do! Cover your whole skin that’s the answer


  2. pommepal says:

    Now that would be good for our complexions too… 🙂


  3. pommepal says:

    PS We would pay a fortune for that treatment at a resort or 5 star retreat…


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