The Best Elephant Safari Experiences In Africa

The Best Elephant Safari Experiences In Africa : The elephant is the most recognizable animal in Africa. Elephants are unlike any other species you’ll see on a safari in terms of size, intelligence, and personality. Elephants have a way of getting into people’s hearts despite their impressive size; many African travelers tell us that elephants are easily their favorite animals. Here is our guide to the top elephant encounters you can have in Africa. A number of safari lodges in Africa are renowned for the presence of resident or nearby elephant herds.

Abu Camp, Botswana

Abu Camp, which is also named after an elephant that once co-starred in a Hollywood film with Clint Eastwood, has changed from being an elephant-back safari camp into a superb wildlife experience with a strong focus on elephant conservation. The local herd, which includes the orphaned Naledi, whose tale you may have seen on Netflix, serves as eloquent spokespersons for the need to save their species. They effectively but tenderly convey their message! You can observe the Okavango Delta in Botswana through their eyes by strolling with the Abu Herd. Additionally, if you sleep on the Abu Star Bed above their boma, the elephants’ contented rumblings will lull you to sleep.

Mfuwe Lodge, Zambia

In Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, the reception staff at Mfuwe Lodge receives more than just human guests as part of their regular duties. The elephant families that pass through the lodge’s tiled reception area are another reason it is well known. The lodge was built around a preferred wild mango tree, and the elephants have discovered a shortcut to it. Elephants have been coming here for generations, and it doesn’t seem to worry them that there is now a safari lodge there.

Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, Kenya

Reteti is in the perfect location to aid elephants who are in need thanks to its location in northern Kenya, amidst the remote magnificence of the Matthews Range. This region is well-known for having a large population of elephants, but it also has a harsh and arid landscape. When young elephants who are sick or injured in the wild arrive at Reteti, they are given a second chance at life. Reteti recognizes that for both species to thrive, elephants and humans must coexist peacefully in addition to saving and ultimately releasing these calves. Patrols against poaching preserve the herds in the area and the jobs that depend on wildlife. Here are the camps that are conveniently close to the orphanage due to Reteti’s remote location:

  • Sarara Tree Camp
  • Sarara Camp
  • Saruni Rhino Camp

Jabulani Safari, South Africa

Jabulani Safari in South Africa has a remarkable back story that will inspire and touch you. Jabulani is named after a young elephant that was saved from a dam, recovered, and formed a bond with a herd of elephants that had been rescued from Zimbabwe. The lodge at this sanctuary for orphaned elephants now offers a “soulful safari experience,” which naturally centers around meeting the local elephants and going on an adventure through the bushveld with them. You will have the chance to directly interact with the elephants and learn more about their inspiring tales of hope and survival, in addition to a wide range of other safari activities.

 Little Chem-Chem, Tanzania

Tarangire National Park in Tanzania is well known for its numerous bulbous baobab trees and its sizable elephant herds. It is an unforgettable experience to see these two iconic representations of the African bush together, especially in the golden light at either end of the day when their shapes almost seem to merge. The Little Chem-Chem tour guides have studied the local elephants in great detail and refer to them as if they were blood relatives. When you arrive, you’ll be given a leather-bound book with the family trees of the elephants you’re most likely to see. During your game drives, the guides will ‘introduce’ you to the herds, bringing the information in the books to life.

Ruckomechi & Little Ruckomechi, Zimbabwe

Sister camps Ruckomechi and Little Ruckomechi, located in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park on the banks of the Zambezi, have everything a safari traveler could want. We’re talking unspoiled African landscapes, an abundance of wildlife, and a wide range of activities, including canoeing the mighty river itself and guided bush walks. The elephants are unquestionably the most recognizable of all the animals. Spending time at either Ruckomechi camp means following in the enormous footprints of these magnificent animals, as elephant families pass by the camp every day. They frequently take a break to savor their favorite food, seed pods from albida trees. The adults have been known to rear up on their back legs and reach high into the trees for the freshest pods, while the younger elephants gather fallen pods from the ground.

The Best Elephant Safari Experiences In Africa
Ruckomechi & Little Ruckomechi

Mara Elephant Project, Kenya

One of Asilia’s Positive Impact partners in Kenya is the Mara Elephant Project. They work to defend elephants in the Greater Mara ecosystem, which are imperiled by poaching, conflicts between people and wildlife, and a reduction in their range. Their headquarters are in the Mara North Conservancy, and their activities include elephant collaring, monitoring, and research; anti-poaching patrols; rapid response units; and mitigating human-wildlife conflict through education, in addition to giving communities useful assistance. Any of the following Asilia properties: Mara Bush Houses, Rekero, Naboisho, and Encounter Mara can be used as a starting point for a full-day excursion to the Mara Elephant Project (MEP).

Elephant Camp & Elephant Camp West, Zimbabwe

The Elephant Camp and its smaller, more private sister lodge, Elephant Camp West, are perfectly situated to explore Zimbabwe’s hub of adrenaline-pumping adventures because they offer expansive views of the spray rising above Victoria Falls. You won’t get a greater rush from bungee jumping or white-water rafting, though, than from visiting the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Orphanage. Rescue, rehabilitation, and release are the guiding principles in this situation. Elephants who have been abandoned receive expert care as well as a lot of love as they get ready to go back into the wild. You can get to know them while they’re at the sanctuary, engage with them, and experience up-close and personal elephant encounters.

Ithumba Camp, Kenya

Elephant ‘fostering’ was invented by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), which allowed patrons to sponsor a specific orphan elephant by name. After spending time with their orphaned elephant, they were able to monitor their development as they recovered their health and started to get ready to live in the wild. Elephant foster parents get to spend quality time with “their” elephants at Ithumba Camp in incredibly intimate (but also enjoyable and educational) visits that include seeing the elephants feed and taking part in their daily mud bath, which is a highlight for both elephants and humans. Elephants raised at the DSWT Nairobi nursery and en route to Tsavo National Park wilds stop at Ithumba as a stopover.

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