The animal was captured stretching its hind legs in a move reminiscent of a spiritual exercise.
After repeatedly lifting its legs up and down, the elephant moved out of the way and continued its journey.
The clip was taken in South Africa by Michelle Broadhurst, 49, and Jacques Joubert, 55, who runs Wings2Tusks website.
“We spend a lot of time in Kruger National Park, and our main purpose is wildlife photography with an emphasis on elephants,” said Jacques.
“We were in one of our personal self-driving games. There were several other vehicles in the area were also watching.
“We observed three male elephants drinking water, and then they moved in different directions. This one was still in the foraging area by the roadside.
“This was a giant elephant, and they dominate the scene.
“During different stays in the Park, we have observed similar behaviors of elephants in the same situations.
“This typically happens when a rather large or aged elephant is confronted by a fairly steep incline or decline in his pathway.
“It shows that negotiating is a bit of a challenge, and this is not a favorite activity for elephants.
“The elephant in our mind would have preferred to take another route, but unfortunately was semi-boxed by vehicles in the area. It’s the only way out.”