Where to See Elephant in AfricaJune 19, 2018
Gigantic but graceful, gentle but destructive; the African elephant is a fascinating creature and arguably Africa’s most iconic animal.
From stories like the Jungle Book to Dumbo, elephants have been a part of our childhood tales and collective imaginations for generations. They occupy a special place in many people’s hearts, and so it’s no surprise that seeing them living wild and free, and witnessing their affectionate family bonds and infinite intelligence, is so high up on many travellers’ safari wish lists.
Sadly, elephants are being heavily persecuted for their ivory tusks, and while there are countless conservation projects working towards protecting this majestic species from poaching, the battle is still raging. Fortunately, there are still several places in Africa where the elephant population a thriving. For the best possible chance of a first-hand encounter with elephant, we would recommend visiting one of the following destinations:
Best Places to See Wild Elephant in Africa:
Chobe National Park, Botswana
With an elephant population estimated to be between 50,000 to 60,000, Chobe National Park in northern Botswana is famous for being one of the best places in Africa to see wild elephants. The Chobe River and its surrounding floodplains form the northern boundary of Chobe National Park and supports this massive concentration of elephants, as well as many other species. The best time for elephant sightings is during the dry season (June-November) when the elephants gather in large numbers on the banks of the river.
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Tarangire National Park is situated about a two-hours’ drive from the safari-capital Arusha in northern Tanzania. Renowned for its massive baobab trees, the park also sustains large populations of Africa elephant. While Tarangire is less famous than its neighbours – the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater – the odds of spotting large herds of elephant (sometimes 300-strong!) are much higher than the other more celebrated reserves.
Addo Elephant Park, South Africa
Conveniently located along the Cape’s famous Garden Route, just outside Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Addo Elephant Park is a relatively small reserve that is home to a healthy population of elephants. Addo all but guarantees great elephant sightings, and you won’t need to drive to the back of beyond to find them either. It’s ideal for families looking for a day-trip.
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