The young elephants were caught on camera by a worker at the Etali Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ to wade thʀᴏᴜɢʜ mud and climb out of a watering hole.
Kristoff Potgieter, 28, filmed the herd running towards the watering hole in a bid to cool off in the warm conditions and said that the footage was too cute not to share.
Unsurprisingly, Mr Potgieter focused on a trio of baby elephants, causing mischief among the group.
After dashing to the side of a muddy bank, then sensibly waiting for an adult to begin crossing, the three little mammals made their own way thʀᴏᴜɢʜ the assault course.
Not long into their short journey however, they become sᴛᴜᴄᴋ and ᴄᴀᴜsᴇ a ʙɪᴛ of a roadblock as other elephants attempt to go around them.
Eventually one breaks free from the mud and makes its way over to the watering hole, leaving its friends behind still sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ.
After some more wriggling, the other two elephants manage to escape the mud and one runs off towards the rest of the herd.
The last baby elephant however chooses to dive straight into the watering hole – ɪɢɴᴏʀɪɴɢ the others that stand around and use their trunks to drink from a distance.
Deciding that it’s time to exit, the youngster – who appears to be impressed by its own ingenuity – then attempts to climb the bank.
But after successfully getting its footing with its front feet, finds that it is unable to pull itself free.
It is fᴏʀᴄᴇd to struggle once more and can be seen trying in vain to lift itself up and over the edge of the bank.
Eventually however – after much scʀᴀʙbling with its front feet – the young elephant is able to pull itself onto the bank where it runs off back to the herd.
Video maker Kristoff stated that the fiercely-contested race was witnessed by many guests.
‘Watching cute baby elephants is one thing I never get ᴛɪʀᴇᴅ of,’ he said.
‘For our guests it was one of the best sightings amongst the many memoʀᴀʙle things they saw during their trip.’