Watching African Elephants in the Wild
If you are thinking of traveling alone, taking a family holiday, or a going on your honeymoon then an elephant safari would be an unforgettable experience.
Elephants or as commonly referred to “the gentle giants of Africa” are a spectacular sight to see for both locals and tourists alike. The gentle giants of Africa enhance every trip to the continent and are always highly enjoyed sightings amongst both locals and tourists alike. Some of the areas that you would see these magnificent creatures would be:
Amboseli National Park in Kenya
Besides the Masai Mara, the Amboseli National Park is one of the most visited parks in Kenya due to the numerous elephants that freely roam the plains of the Amboseli in large numbers. The most breathtaking view is when the elephants walk by the snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro as the sunrises.
Damaraland in Namibia
Elephants are not usually found in hot and sandy deserts but the western parts of Damaraland Namibia play host to one of the biggest herds of desert elephants. They are called desert elephants because they have longer legs and smaller bodies compared to the other bush elephants. These changes are an adaptation to the harsh climatic conditions in the region that enable the elephants to travel very long distances in search of pasture and water.
Tarangire National Park in Tanzania
Even though it may be under the shadow of neighboring giant parks like the Ngorongoro national park or the Serengeti national park the Tarangire National park is also a home to one of Africa’s largest population of African elephants. This is because it has some of the largest baobab trees in the world that can sustain numerous elephants. The dry season is usually the best time to see these elephants in droves as they make their way to the Tarangire river.
Kruger National Park in South Africa
Possibly one of the world’s most famous national parks, the Kruger National Park is endowed with diverse vegetation and wildlife alike. All members of the Big Five including the elephants freely roam around the park throughout the year. At any time of the year, you are most likely to see a herd of three elephants and the lodges within the park are family friendly and ideal for a close-range view for first-timers.
Addo Elephant Park in South Africa
The Addo Elephant park lies outside Port Elizabeth and is considered as the Eastern cape’s crown jewel. It runs along River Sundays and id home to over 350 bush elephants that mainly depend on the citrus trees that cover this region. It was established in 1931 to conserve the elephants and it has made significant advancements ever since.
Chobe National Park in Botswana
Lying along the Chobe river that borders Namibia the Chobe National park boasts of having the richest wildlife population in the entire African continent and is famous for its vast herds of Elephants. The Chobe rivers is also credited with supporting the largest population of Elephants in Africa and it is very common to see over one hundred herds of elephants
The Okavango Delta in Botswana
The Okavango Delta is Africa’s most famous and largest inland deltas; It is also a host to a considerable concentration of elephants due to the availability of water and vegetation throughout the year. Tourists have the option to choose from a walking safari locally referred to as a ‘mokoro’ trip, an elephant back safari, or a sundowner boat cruise but all of them will provide the tourist with an amazing experience that is worthwhile and very adventurous.
Whichever region you will choose to visit be ready for an amazing adventure filled with lots of pleasant experiences. In the wild, you will be able to confirm that the elephant is indeed nature’s masterpiece since despite its large physique it is one of the most gentle and most harmless beasts to roam the earth.