Elephant Safaris

Close encounters with the world’s largest land mammals.

Majestic and magnificent, the elephant is capable of remarkable interaction with humans. With few natural predators elephants are again under threat from man through habitat loss and poaching. Southern Africa is fortunate to have, in the main, well managed herds but man continues to encroach these incredible animal’s extensive home ranges.

Elephant safaris allow travellers to see one the iconic species of Africa. Originally hunted for their ivory, elephants considered one of the quintet making up the ‘big five’. Heavily hunted and now extensively poached, elephants are once again under threat particularly in east and central Africa. In southern Africa careful management has allowed herds to flourish but elephants, with their huge home ranges, are still threatened through habitat loss.

Within southern Africa the Chobe National Park is considered one of the best places to see these majestic animals. Huge breeding herds congregate on the floodplains of the Chobe River, with sightings from the river being particularly good. Elephants are also able to cross the river to graze on the Caprivi Strip.

Deep in the hinterland of the Chobe National Park, elephants are also found in the Savute region where herds of bull elephants concentrate at the Savute Marsh. Elephants are also found in good numbers within the Okavango Delta with its good grazing and perennial waters.

As part of efforts to improve the understanding of these incredible animals a number of properties, including The Elephant Camp in Victoria Falls, offer elephant safari experiences, often as part of wildlife orphanage schemes. These elephant safaris take great care to sensitively care for their elephants, using modern positive training methods to reinforce the bond between trainer and elephant.

Where can I see elephants?

Elephant Safaris - Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Home of Africa’s Largest Elephant Herds

The Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, is home to the continents greatest herds of elephant and buffalo. These vast herds congregate on the banks of the Chobe River providing superb game viewing.

Further inland the Savute Channel reaches the marsh, providing great game viewing in an iconic location.

Chobe National Park

Where can I interact with elephants?

Elephant Safaris - Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta, Botswana

The World’s Greatest Inland Delta

Africa’s premier safari destination the Okavango Delta is a unique pulsing wetland. Covering between 6 and 15 000 square kilometres of Kalahari Desert in northern Botswana the delta owes its existence to the Okavango (Kavango) River which flows from the Angolan highlands, across Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and into the Kalahari Desert.

Okavango Delta
Elephant Safaris - Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Botswana

The Zambezi’s Magnificent Waterfall

Formed when the Zambezi River plunges over great cliffs, The Victoria Falls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies at the head of the basalt lined Zambezi Gorges. Victoria Falls provides an excellent start point and gateway for an African safari, within easy reach of Botswana, Namibia and the game areas of both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls

The best places to stay and see elephants

Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe National Park, Botswana
Chobe Game Lodge

Chobe Game Lodge is situated on the banks of the famous Chobe River. The lodge is the only permanent accommodation in the Chobe National Park.

The Elephant Camp

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Overlooking the Zambezi Gorge, within sight of the Victoria Falls, The Elephant Camp provides elephant interaction and first class accommodation.

Savute Safari Lodge

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Savute Safari Lodge overlooks the Savute Channel home to large herds of bull elephants, particularly during the dry season. Elephants can be seen from the lodge drinking from the channel.

Camp Jabulani

Kapama Game Reserve, South Africa
Camp Jabulani - Elephants against the sky

The origin of Camp Jabulani reflects the remarkable account of a herd of elephants, rescued shortly after the turn of the century. The camp was created to support the herd.