Elephants are a big draw when it comes to luxury safaris – they simply are the most incredible creature on this planet, with amazing family ties and human emotions they really get under the skin of those who seem in the wild. At the moment elephants are being heavily poached by the Chinese ivory traders. There are some areas which are unlikely to have elephants in them in the next five years. They are in crisis which makes seeing them in the wild on safari even more special. We absolutely love elephants and never tire of watching them – here are the top five places in Africa to see elephant:
Samburu borders the Ewaso Nyiro River, a favourite spot for elephants. It is not unusual to watch them cross this great muddy river one behind the other almost holding each others tails. They often gather in great herds to play on the banks of this mighty river, and it can be a humbling and magical to see these huge beasts so happy.
2. Manyara & Tarangire, Tanzania
These two National Parks have everything an elephant likes, from elephant grass to lakes and dams. There is plenty of food here and lots of water and it shows, the elephants are always in situ and often in small family groups with young ones.
3. Amboseli National Park & The Chyulus, Kenya
This is famous for being the last place you can still see huge herds of elephant roam across the plains. The park itself is stunning with views of Mount Kilimanjaro, and this is in fact where all those iconic photos of elephants in front of Kilimanjaro come from.
4. Okavango Delta, Botswana
A few years ago Botswana’s government dedicated its entire army to anti poaching and it has worked wonders, they lost only 100 elephants last year as opposed to other countries who are losing thousands. The elephant herds here are happy and content, and it shows in their demeanour.
5. The South Luangwa, Zambia
This area of Zambia is absolutely teeming with wildlife and elephants are no exception, here you will see small pocket herds contentedly grazing with their young ones close by. Often the young ones will be inquisitive and will come up to the vehicle to have a good look at you.