The largest member of the 'Big 5' and the real King of the Beasts is an animal that can weigh over seven tonnes and dominate every landscape. With emotions and feelings that we can associate with, the elephant has the ability to be as destructive as a bulldozer or as gentle as a feather. Thankfully elephants can be seen most safari destinations in Africa and their magnificence is definitely something to marvel at.

Best Places to See Elephant

  • Kenya & South Africa: We are lucky that anti-poaching efforts have halted part of the ivory trade and although it still goes on, we can be thankful that some of the world's largest tuskers still remain. Amboseli National Park, Kenya and Kruger National Park, South Africa have a number of elephants with tusks that almost reach the floor! If you're lucky enough to find one of these elusive tuskers, it will be a sight to behold.

  • Namibia: Elephants are extremely adaptable and nothing demonstrates their versatility more than the variety of habitats we encounter them in. Desert elephants are some of Africa's biggest in Africa and have adapted to live in extremely harsh conditions. They can be found throughout Namibia, although in far fewer numbers than in other Southern African countries. Damaraland is one of our favourite places to find them.

  • Botswana: In complete contrast to the deserts of Namibia are the waterways of the Okavango Delta. With floods that occur throughout May and last for months, the elephants here have become used to wading through the marshlands of Botswana. Chobe National Park and lodges in Savuti are not as flooded as the Delta. Their limited water supply sees hundreds of elephants descend into these regions to try and find enough moisture to survive the harsh dry season.

  • Elephant Facts

    Elephant families are run by the eldest and wisest female in the group. The matriarch passes on her knowledge of feeding grounds and migratory paths to her daughters and granddaughters throughout the years.

    Elephants are extremely complex creatures. With emotions such as stress, sadness, happiness and pure ecstacy, watching elephants is never a dull affair and their feelings are plain to see.

    Living a life of up to and over sixty years, elephants that die of old age normally die of starvation. The reason being is that they have six sets of teeth that are continually being worn down and regrown. At the end of the sixth set, an elephant can no longer feed properly and slowly die of starvation.


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