Britons Jane Burnett, Nicky Walker, and Sarah Daly were taking the photos with two other people after they finished volunteering at a wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, the seven tonne bull elephant crept up on five women as they posed for pictures completely unaware of the massive animal behind them.
Marcus Söderlund, who took the picture, said: “Now that’s what you call big brother watching you.
“While they were posing for the cameras one of the other handlers had got an elephant called Makavhuzi to go up behind them and stay there. Eventually they noticed him and turned round and reacted with laughs, surprised looks and smiles.”
The group were taking farewell pictures after working at the Imire: Rhino and Wildlife Conservation in Wedza.
Ms Burnett, from Bristol, Ms Walker, from London and Ms Daly, from South Aryshire, were pictured with fellow volunteers Lisa Marie Winther, from Norway and Deb Sulzberger from Australia.
Mr Söderlund, an industrial worker from Sweden, is now working and travelling in New Zealand.