After long dry spells with very little or sometimes no rain, open water become scarce and might disappear. This is a major influencing factor for wildlife in Africa but especially in an arid country like Namibia.
The 2 photos are showing the same Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata – Affenbrotbaum) and damage done to the tree by elephants. This kind of damage is common in areas where a high elephant population occurs. The damage to the tree species is to such an extent that the tree is highly threatened and disappearing slowly.
This monster from the Nkasa Rupara National Park is in the habit of visiting Dzoti conservancy every now and then. He sneaks in very quietly, arrogantly takes down the biggest cattle oxen and bulls that was not penned up during the night, eats his fill and pulls back into the swampy reed landscape.