If you follow the elephant, you never get entangled in the forest.
This proverb is telling us to always pay attention to the big picture of any endeavor that we take. If we don't pay attention to the big picture, we can easily get confused and entangled in little details. The big picture should provide a path guiding us through the endeavor.
Note: This interpretation is our opinion. We encourage you to agree, disagree, or provide an alternate interpretation.
Malunga, Chiku Watchman. Power and Influence: Self-Development Lessons from African Proverbs and Folktales. University Press of America, 2012.